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Adobe Illustrator For Pattern Design and More: Make a Repeating Pattern!

teacher avatar Danielle Broder, Designer

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7 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Part 1 - Using the Pattern Tool

    • 3. Part 2 - Making a Pattern from Scratch

    • 4. Part 3 - Move Tool & Swatches Panel

    • 5. Part 4 - Add a Background Color

    • 6. Part 5 - Application

    • 7. The End

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About This Class

Making your own repeating patterns can be a great tool for entrepreneurs, aspiring surface pattern designers, bloggers, or anyone who wants to design fun products with their own patterns on them. This is the third class in a series where you will create a seamless repeating pattern starting just from a hand sketch.  I cover a lot of fundamentals in the first two classes so if you have zero Illustrator experience, great!...but maybe start with the first class :) Check it out here! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In this class I’m going to teach you various methods of creating a seamless repeating pattern.  From Illustrators built in pattern tool, to making a custom swatch that you can apply to anything, you will leave this class with the skills you need to design your own unique pattern and more.  You will also learn about some cool companies where you can send your finished files to make fun artwork and products!

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Danielle Broder



Hey! I'm Danielle, and I’m the one woman show behind everything here at The Recoverie.

I’m here to inspire, motivate, and give you a general swift kick in the ass when it comes to pursuing your crafty dreams.

A native California girl, I was brought up creating.

Whether it was beading my own jewelry, building stick forts on the beach in Malibu, or learning how to crochet on a road trip to Santa Cruz, I was lucky to have people around me who always encouraged me to keep making stuff as a kid.

By a swift chance of fate, I ended up earning a double bachelors in illustration and interior design, which led me to my booming interior design career....


Mostly that just taught me that I didn't want to work for someone else &... See full profile

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1. Trailer: Hey, guys, welcome to my class. I'm Danielle, and I'm an illustrator in a textile designer, and in this course, you're gonna learn how to design a repeating pattern and Adobe Illustrator. First, we're gonna learn how to make a simple brick style pattern with illustrators built in pattern tool. I'll show you this with the design were created in the last video. It's a fairly new tool, but it's easy to use and it gets the job done. We'll go overhead. It changed the look of your pattern by adjusting rows, columns and various space. Next, you learn how to create a pattern in the traditional way from scratch. You'll take individual elements and learn to rearrange, transform, rotate and layer them to create a dynamic and engaging pattern that is fun to look at. We'll use the move tool to put together a base pattern blocks and then line everything up perfectly. And then you use the swatches panel to test and edit your repeat well, then go in and clean everything up and make sure it looks great. We'll also cover how to incorporate these patterns in other applications. For example, on your block in your Etsy shop or on your personal website. In addition to that, you'll hear about some great Web sites where you can send your pattern to be printed. You can put them on things like fabric canvases, smartphone cases and more. Thing is the final video of the three core series that teaches you how to go from hand sketches to completed vector pattern. Start with the hand sketches Classic your brand new to illustrator, Otherwise, let's get started. 2. Part 1 - Using the Pattern Tool: So first I'm going to show you how to use the built in pattern tool in illustrator. There are a lot of different ways to create a pattern and illustrator, and I'm definitely gonna go over them in a bit. But first I wanted to show you this newish tool as it's a quick and easy way to create a seamless, repeatable pattern. This feature came out in the creative suite six, I believe, and it's been an all newer versions since then. You don't have to use it, but I think it's a really good way to see if your pattern is working really quickly, and you should definitely take advantage of it if you haven't watched any of the videos leading up to this, But you have some previous illustrator knowledge. You'll probably be fine in this class. But if you are brand new to illustrator, definitely feel free to go check out the other two classes of the Siri's um, the first in which we take a sketchbook drawing and turn it into a vector image, which is how I came up with this design. And the second is where we design a completely custom color palette and then we re color our design, so you'll get more information on the very basics in those classes. Right now, we're going to start out with the pattern tool, and we're going to turn this into a seamless, repeatable pattern. So the first thing you may want to do if you're just opening a new document, is to queue up all your color palettes to have them on hand, just in case you want to make a quick change. Later, you can see that I've brought up this watch is that we created in the color palette class. Um and then these ones came from the Pinterest images. So the first thing we're gonna do is we're going to select our artwork, and then we're going to go up to object pattern and make. It'll have a little pop up box and basically say we're gonna put this in the swatches panel when we're done, and you can just hit okay and then automatically defaults to a grid design you can see says good right there. Now, this is not permanent. Obviously you have all the toggles and things to adjust this, so don't get too worried that this looks like hell right now. So let's go over some of these options really quick. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna double click in this box, and I'm going to rename this skill share and under the name of the pattern that we just made, we have a drop down menu with different types of repeats that we can try out. So these are all really basic types of repeats, and they're all based either on a row or column, so you can see that we have grid brick by row, brick by column, etcetera, etcetera. Um, right now we're on grade. You can see the little picture right here. And now if I click on brick by row, it will just move everything about 1/2 step to the side horizontally. And that looks kind of like, weird and spaced out to me a little bit. So I'm gonna go back and try something else. So next we can go back down to the menu and go down to brick by column, and everything has dropped about 1/2 step vertically. Brick by column is something that I use quite a bit. I don't know why I tend to use out of just gravitate towards it. I think it just gives it a nice clean look while still having some interest there. The next thing we can do is we can go over to the width and the height sections, and we can just highlight the numbers and use. Our arrow keys are up and down arrow keys to kind of increase and decrease the size of the tile. And as you can see as I'm moving it, the tile gets larger with more white space, and then I can come down in toggle on show tile edge, and that will show the boundary box of my original artwork in the first, uh, the first part of the pattern that I made. So any new changes that I want to make to this pattern have to happen within this box. Another option we have is to be able to dim the copies that are not the original artwork. So if I go hit dim copies, I can change the percentage of opacity. Most people they think work at about 60 or 70 and you can see here my original artwork is highlighted, and it's showing up darker than the dimmed copies. Now I can just come back down to my drop down and I can put it back. It's 60% where I like to work, and it's a little more obvious now. So let's say I want to go in and I'm going to try out some different spacing. I can go into the height or with box and hit my arrow keys and just kind of test thes. And if I don't like it, I can go and hit sighs tile to art, and it will just undo it. That's kind of like a good and do button. Now I can go down and hit Hex by column, and the tile is actually turned into elongated hexagon. This gives it a little bit of a different shape, and to edit this I can hit this toggle button and it'll give me anchor points on my hexagon , and I can adjust these I holding option and pulling to the sites. And then when I release, it'll give me, like, a ton of space, so I'm gonna backups. You can see that so it just kind of like spread them all apart, so I don't want that much based, so I can quickly and easily go back to the ta go and get my anger points back. So I'm gonna put that back look, and you could have the same thing, the other direction, and then I can go back and reset the spacing. And our last one is Heck, Spiro. So if I hit that, the hexagon is actually rotated, The points are at the top and bottom now rather than at the sides, and it's just makes a slight difference. But you can see that there's this kind of secondary design here, and you may or may not like that. So just kind of keep an eyeball out for little designs like that. So I'm gonna go back to my row by column, put it back how I like it. And I want to get a better picture of what my designs gonna look like. So I'm gonna go down two copies, And if I click on this here, I can see all the options of how many rows and columns Aiken see. So I'm gonna hit a larger amount right now of it three by five. So I'm going to see a couple more rows and columns so I can kind of see how it's gonna look . So I'll go ahead and I will scroll up and choose nine by nine. And you can see that more rows and more columns have been added. I'm gonna hide the tile edge and hide the dim copies. I'm gonna back out a bit, and now I can kind of see how everything is repeating together and how things air fitting in the colors and everything. So this is a good way to kind of check things out. So as I backed out, I noticed that I have kind of a larger shape, and then I have a smaller shape. I kind of want a larger shape to stand out more. And I think part of the problem is that these little pink parts right here or not dark enough. So I'm gonna grab my eyedropper tool after I select them, and I'm gonna pick a darker color. Now you'll notice that I only picked the part of the design that is end the tiled box. Anything else is not gonna work. So that already looks much better, I think. Let's see. I think maybe I'll make one more small edit within this box. I'm gonna edit these little pieces on the edges and make them just slightly darker. So pick a slightly darker brown. Okay, that looks better already. Um, back out again. Okay. I'm pretty happy with the colors. Now you definitely see the larger design first. Now you can see that we can edit the colors as we want, but we can also add pieces to the design. I can see that on this smaller design, I may be want something a little more horizontal, so the design is not quite so linear, and there's a little bit more interest happening. I have to keep the design within this box or overlaying the edge for it to work. So let's say I want to add, like, a little horizontal piece near this little tiny flower guy. Just so it's not so linear. And it's not all going in the same direction. I'm gonna grab my end, my pencil tool, and I'm just going to draw a little simple shape, overlapping the line. And then I'm gonna grab my eyedropper tool and fill it in. Now you can see that this has been repeated right there. It's actually been repeated on every single one of those in the pattern. And as I enlarge it, the tile gets larger to kind of make room for that piece and all the other tiles kind of scoot away the invisible tiles, I guess, Um And as they move this around, the design is getting moved around and you can see when I back up, it really changed the flow of the design. So you have to be real careful when you making these changes can really affect your design . So I can kind of try and rearrange this and see if it's gonna look better somewhere else Or , you know, you can just kind of play with it. You can make little changes back up, kind of zoom back in, see where things are gonna work. If I move this up, it's just gonna make the title bigger, which is going to spread your whole entire design out. So let's bring that back in. Just gonna delete that. You can kind of see what the possibilities are now. So yea, I think I'm pretty happy with the design kind of take a look at it, make sure there's nothing else you want to change. If you do decide that you're happy with it, you need to go up to done and you can hit that. It will save all your work, and it will turn it into a swatch in the Swatch panel so everything will be ready to go. If you hit cancel, it's going to take away all the work that you did, and it's gonna leave you with what you originally started with your original one tile artwork. Whatever color that may have been any color changes you made any additional design elements , you added. That's all going to be lost. So make really certain that you don't care about those things before you hit, cancel, otherwise hit done. So we'll hit that here and now It looks like it just erased everything. But just kidding. It's over here in your swatch panel. See skill share. So now let's test it. I want to grab my rectangle tool short cut em going to make a quick box whatever. Fill color, Then I'm gonna go hit my watch. Wala a beauty iss lovely custom pattern that you designed. If you want to transform this you can control, click go down to transform and hit scale. You want to definitely make sure to hit, transform objects, uncheck it, and then you can come change the percentage of the scale up here. So let's try to hit it at about 50%. Okay, and now you can see that it's half the size. So now I can get quite a good look at the repeat and how the spacing is. I can adjust the box and kind of play with it that way. It's still really linear, and I think I would definitely go back in and edit a few things. What, you kind of get the idea where you can go with this, Do you want? You can go back in and kind of change the scale again, and now it's even smaller. Another quick thing I just wanted to tell you is that sometimes while you're working, you'll see these like anybody tiny little baby hairline marks. He's like little lines that go through your design. And you know, you're wondering if when you print this or if you like some this out to get printed somewhere, are these actually gonna show up in the end result. And when it's this small and it looks just like a little hair is laying on there, it's actually just a kind of a illustrator glitch. And it's not going to really affect your final design. It's not actually there. It's just kind of how things line up in Illustrator. You only need to worry when it's an actual one pixel line, and that will show up just so f y. I don't even worry about those guys unless it actually is a one pixel line. Another feature that I like to add, especially towards the end, is a background color. Like I said, I like to add color towards the end, and a background color can really change the look and feel of a design. First, I'm gonna grab my rectangle tool short. Cut em. I'm gonna create a quick box. Now I need to make a copy of this so I can have one for the background color and I can have won for this. Watch now will hit command, see to copy and command F to paste in front. So I have to on top of each other. Next, I'll select my top box and then hit this watch. Now we have two layers. We have the background color on the bottom, and then we have the swatch and the pattern on the front so you can see how it all kind of comes together at the end. This might not be the best color for this because you can see the little part of our smaller part of the design is getting kind of lost in that color. We couldn't kind of get the idea. I can always go back in and edit that background color or edit the color of my design Anyhow, Now you kind of get the gist of how the pattern tool works. Next, we're gonna move on to a little more D i Y approach. 3. Part 2 - Making a Pattern from Scratch: Hey, guys. So you just learned how to use the pattern? Toolan. Illustrator. Right now we're going to do something that similar, but a little bit different. You've already taken the other classes. Hopefully, the 1st 1 being where you took your hand sketches out of your notebook and then turn them into vector images. And then the 2nd 1 where we actually put color on all of those. This is the third video where you kind of put all that stuff together. So you have all your colored vector drawings, and you're gonna put them all together and create a repeating pattern. And then, with that pattern, I'm gonna show you some cool stuff you can do with that. So I wanted to do something a little bit different. So I made some new designs for this part of this video. Um, some really silly under the sea themed, margarita themed designs. I made a whole bunch because I wanted some options. You can use as many as you want. I just wanted to make a whole bunch. Um, really? I was kind of strange looking mermaid that may or may not make it into the last time. So Anyways, you have all those. Once you have them drawn in ink and you've imported them and or you if you're just going to continue to use the other design using, that's fine. You just you're gonna need multiple pieces for this design. So I took a photo of these and send him to my email, and then I opened them up in Illustrator. And now let's get to it. Okay, so here we have all our drawings. As I mentioned, I had taken a picture of my drawings, emailed them to myself, and I open them up into illustrator. So that's what's here in the black and white. I did a quick image trays and it came out pretty good. I didn't go back in and clean things up like I normally would have just cause this is a quick how to. But you could definitely go back and do that. So I made a rectangle is well, and I wrote down how many pixels it was because I have a pretty bad memories sometimes, and you need to know what size box you're working with. So the rectangle that I made is 800 by 800 pixels lengthen with, and I have just locked it for the time being. So it's not gonna be moving around while I'm working. I have all these elements down here on the left, and I recovered most of them. Some of them are just kind of repeated repeated shapes with different colors, and I'll probably go back in and eventually re color everything. So I'm not too concerned with that. For right now, I've also kind of taken each piece and turned it into a group. The first thing I'm going to do is I want to start kind of pulling in these pieces and working from the center towards the edge is right now we're focused on the centre. I'm gonna hit option and kind of make a copy of these. So if I want to go back and you know, grab another one or make it a different color, I can have the original. That's always on the left hand side. So here I have my little fish friend and I can kind of play with the transform tools when a hold shift and enlarge it. So right now, what I'm paying attention to is kind of composition placement kind of like the flow of things you can already see. Like if I point the fish in a certain direction. And if I point this kelp in a certain direction, it's going to kind of create this movement, and that will really affect the end result of your design. You may not be able to see it right now, but when we take one tile and turn it into, like you know, 20 tiles, you're really going to see a difference. You also kind of want to keep in mind in the back of your head. What parts you want to really stand out and kind of may be the focal point of that design. So, you know, do you want it to be like fished centric? Do you wanted to be like kelp centric? Or maybe like make the margarita glasses the biggest? This is all up to you. This is super subjective. I like to use some of the same pieces over in different sizes or shapes or in different directions, or maybe even just a slight color change because it creates repetition. It kind of brings the design together, and it's not quite so, um, all over the place. You can see that my design can get really overwhelming really quickly because I have so many little random bees is, which is kind of fun. But it's also very prone to kind of just like looking absolutely insane. So I'm going to kind of pay attention to size and placement, kind of fitting things together like a puzzle. Sometimes you have to start out by just kind of putting everything in and then kind of rearranging and editing things. So as I mentioned kind of at the beginning, we're going to start out with our design and kind of focus on the design within the center . But pretty soon, next, we're going to kind of start focusing on the little pieces that are hanging over the edges and kind of what is touching the top and bottom barrier. Because later on, what's gonna happen is we're gonna have to repeat all those things. So any design hanging off the bottom is going to get copied and pasted and moved to the top . Same thing with the left and right sides, and then when all the tiles air put together, it will be a perfect repeat. But right now, we're not gonna worry about that. We're just going to kind of focus on the center like I was saying, and we're gonna worry about composition and how things air flowing. Going to kind of bring in some of these, like, filler pieces. I kind of change some of the colors. You can also do a bit of overlapping to you can do. Um, you can arrange things so they're on top of each other like the little fishes on top of the piece of help Just kind of gives you something else to look at. Um, I really like this show, but I want I want something a bit. I want something a bit larger, and maybe I'm going to do a little bit more layering here, so I'll do one. And I really like the color on this orange. So I'm going to make this one a bit bigger and kind of slide that underneath the little one . So now we have some more layering. I'm also going to repeat this one in a little bit different direction and a little bit different size appear so your eye kind of goes back and forth and kind of links those together. So now it won't look so random. You got these little bottles and I'll probably make them kind of close to the same size. I also group these pieces together. Oh, just kidding. Uh, I'm gonna group these pieces together it to make them a bit easier to work with. So command g and all kind of rearrange these. So So, although, like, kind of silly pieces, I don't know what to call them, Like the fish and the flippers. And the glasses are kind of separated a bit by the kelp. And later on, I'll bring the bubbles into those will kind of be another filler design. Who came with a speed this up a little bit. So now I have, like, most of these design elements in there. Oh, my God. I forgot the margarita, for God's sakes, Gonna pull that guy in there? I might do a couple different shades and sizes of margarita, cause why not kind of layer it under here? It's looking kind of crowded, and it's kind of lined up, but you can arrange things and ah, whips, um, to send that to the front. So it's on top of the kelp, but it's kind of a little bit too in line with those little flippers, so I don't want it to look like it's all lined up. I want it to look kind of random. She put it next to the fish. Perfect. Yeah, so now it's just kind of moving things around until it feels right. I don't know how else to explain it. Just kind of play with it and see, Yeah, looks like the fish is just going to be an alcoholic. So switch colors in mood over here. There you go. No, it's out of the way. Better. But now I'm going to bring in some of these filler bubbles and kind of place them in in the empty spaces. This will kind of like bring everything together at the end. So we have a lot of little silly parts, and then we have the kind of filler parts and you can even see on the bubbles. I did them all a little bit differently. A lot of times, if you take like one design and you just gonna repeat it and go back and forth and just keep using the same piece, it just gets kind of monotonous, and it's kind of boring. So I like to do like a couple different kinds. Like you can see that I did a couple different kinds of fish. It did a couple different kinds of bubbles and different formations. I also did a couple different shapes of help, even though I'm mostly using one, I kind of threw it a couple other little pieces in there. And then we also have this little clamshell. I'm not sure if that translates is a clamshell, but today it's a clamshell. Guys. Now it looks like it's kind of competing with that fish, so I'm gonna shrink it down a bit, might have to go in and fix that. Repeat it and let's see, maybe rotate it slightly. Yeah, we're definitely gonna have to play with the color on this. But like I said, you don't need to worry about that till the end. Okay, so I'm gonna go and I'm gonna finish up this design, and in the next part, we're going to fix the edges. So go salt your margarita and I'll catch in the next video 4. Part 3 - Move Tool & Swatches Panel: Okay, so we're back here with our design, you can see that I have changed the colors up a little bit. It's a little bit more mellow, but it's still quite cluttered, but I think that's kind of fun. So I'm going to stick with it for now. So we've already focused on kind of the bulk part of the design, the center of it, and everything's kind of all over the place. But when you get to the edges, things need to line up perfectly. And if they don't, you're gonna end up with weird lines and weird strange zigzags all over your designs. And you don't want that. Um, so you really got to pay close attention to this part cause if you make the slightest mistake, it's really kind of confusing how to fix it, and it can get a little bit, um, tricky. So what we're gonna focus on first are the left and right sides, and then we're gonna move on to the top and bottom, and then I'm gonna show you how to turn it into a swatch and test your design. So sometimes when people get really good at this, they kind of tend to preemptively, um, designed this as if it's going to be repeated, and they probably only leave things kind of hanging off. The edge is on the top and the left hand side. However, I like to just kind of design and go for it. So I end up with things kind of all over the place. So I'm just going to show you kind of how I do things as I'm working on the left hand side . I have the only thing that's overlapping this line is these are these little bubbles. So that's all one piece. So I'm gonna make note of that. And then on the right hand side, you can see I have this show that is kind of just touching it. So we're gonna grab that. We also have the glasses, the bottle in the little flipper guys. So I'm going to start on the side with more things that are overlapping. So when you grab the right side and I'm going to select just the things that are overlapping the line so I'm not going to get that shell or that jellyfish a leave, vote them out. So I have all four things selected. I'm gonna copy them command. See? Then I'm going to paste them in front command F And then I'm gonna group them command g just to kind of keep everything organized. And now you can either do one of two things. You can either go up to object, transform and move, or you can go or you can hit, control, click, transform and move. We get this dialog box, and this is going to kind of show us ah, where we can move that piece. So right now we want to move this horizontally. We were were on the X axis, and we want to move it in a negative direction. So we're just gonna go to the right. We're just gonna put our cursor on the right. We're gonna hit negative. And we're gonna put in 800 because did to do my boxes 800 pixels and we want it exactly 800 pixels to the left. So what didn't negative 800. Okay. And you can see it got copied directly to the left. Now you want to be super careful not to move your cursor or your arrows or anything at this point, just click off? Because if this moves at all, then everything's going to get screwed up later. Is gonna be tricky to hunt. Kind of like figure out why eso now we have everything almost identical. However, we do not have the bubbles on this side. So I'm gonna move those over. So gonna grab those so command, See? Same thing. Command F. Another thing you can do is come up to here to hit transform, and we want to move it on the X axis. So scroll to the right. We're gonna hit plus 800 pixels. And now it is moved 800 pixels over. And now we have shell glasses, bubbles, bottle flippers on both sides. Perfect. Now we're gonna move on to the top part. So what's hanging over the edge here? Um, I have these little kelp e guys. I have some bubbles. I have a little tiny bubble here and a big bubble here. Down here, all I have is some kelp, and I have a margarita glass. We're gonna move this stuff down, and then I'll move these two up real quick. So same thing exactly what we just did Someone make sure grab all those bubbles and the kelp. So we have those those those and that come and see Command F command G transform. Now we're on the Y axis. This one is a little bit counterintuitive. So we're going to have to move it down, which you would think would be a minus, but it's actually going to be a plus. I know it's a lot, but we're going to do it. So we're gonna go to the UAE access and we're gonna hit plus eight 100 and it is moved perfectly to the bottom. We're probably gonna have to rearrange a couple things after this, but we can wait till the end to do that. So something else that we have to move is a c. Okay, so we have to move this kelp guy up and also the margarita glass. So I'm gonna grab both of those. Come and see command after man, g transform. And now we're going to move it up. So we're gonna have to go. Negative. So negative. Whoops. I'm not underscore. Negative. 800 pixels go. Okay, so everything is repeated. We have Margarita, we have bubbles. We have helped. We have bubbles. And these little bubbles in here and work help up here. So there's a lot going on, and now it's a little bit crowded. So after we have everything perfectly repeated, you gotta make sure not to touch anything that we just moved. But you can rearrange things that are inside. So that being said, we can kind of come take a look up here and see what's getting crowded. So we have a lot, a lot of overlap here, and I don't know if I love all of it. So maybe I could kind of, like, send out some of these just so there's a little more breathing breathing room. Gonna delete that, uh, see, can't delete that one. This guy, it's a bunch of layers. Is that a little bit more breathing room? See Felix? OK, then we can look at the sides because we also did that. Okay with that and you can you can totally move anything in the center if you want to add in anything, any little pieces to kind of fill in holes, or you can always go back and delete things. If it's just a little bit too much and we'll do a little bit more testing. Once we get the whole thing repeated, we'll see where the holes are right now. We can't quite tell, but I think so far it looks OK. Now, the next step is to kind of turn this into a swatch. We've been working with this. We've been working with this square rectangle. It's actually square. This is my 800 pixel square. And I've locked this. It's at the very bottom it's gotta fill of it Will unlock this by clicking my lock button. I'm gonna select it. Okay, so right now it has a black stroke and a white Phil. I don't want that black stroke. We're gonna get rid of that. I just use that so I could see what I was doing before, But you can still see that the box is still there. What we need to do to make this a swatch is to get another box that is exactly the same size of it to the pixel and directly below it. And it needs to have no stroke and no, Phil. So I'm gonna select this one could see it's the bottom layer. I'm going to command, see, to copy and command be to pace behind and see. That's the new layer right there. I'm going to select that layer, and I'm going to remove the Phil. And now there's two boxes on top of each other. Gonna grab my swatches panel and pull that. And then I'm going to select all of it very carefully, and then I'm going to drag it into my swatches panel and then release. So now I have this, like, funny looking thing here. So let's see if that worked at all. Occasionally I'll have it, like one pixel offer, like 10 pixels off somehow I don't even know. Um, And then things just go crazy. But, you know, then you go back and figure out what you did wrong. So I just drew Ah, a white box. And then I'm gonna hit my nice watch. My God, Those things. So now is the chance to go in and kind of look the whole thing over and see what I'm going to get rid of. This stuff kind of see what is working and what is not. To make sure everything has lined up correctly because if it's not lined up correctly, you're going to see some weird, jagged lines where things have not quite matched up and you'll know. So this looks actually perfect. Um, it's definitely gotta repeat. I kind of like I'm eyeballing these little that these little guys to kind of see where it repeats its repeating here. It's repeating here. Um, but the cool thing is, we had so much going on within it that you can't really tell exactly where the repeat starts and ends unless you're looking for it. So great job, guys. You just finished your first seamless repeating pattern and illustrator from here you can take your design and you can re color it if you want. Try out some different colors. You can go back in and kind of Fillon holes if you need to go back and edit your swatch and then just pull it back into this watch panel. But basically that's it. Now we're going to go over quickly. How to add a background color to your pattern 5. Part 4 - Add a Background Color: Now I'm going to show you how to add a background color to your swatch. You can do this as you're working, but sometimes I like to add it in a thean just to kind of see how things will work out. And I don't always know what color is gonna work. So while I did, here was take the Ellipse tool and fill it with the swatch like I had it before. So right now there's no color within it. It's just the swatch design with no background fill color. So in order to out of Phil, I'm going to go back and actually edit the original piece that went into this watch panel and you can see you still have that kind of white filled rectangle in the back. Sorry square. So all I have to do is double click on the Phil, choose what color I want. This one was something light because I don't want it to be to overwhelming. But you can see that there's still actually a great difference in between that white and then I just repeat what we did before, which is basically taking everything and dragging it and dropping it into the swatches panel. And then we can come back down here and we can test it out, just like before going to grab the Ellipse tool, hold shift and then fill it with this watch. Now we have our blue background underneath this watch, and now you can see there's a little bit more definition as opposed to the white, where the white is just kind of floating and the edges air just kind of hanging out and the blue. There's kind of like a stop in the finish line's. That's what's kind of nice about putting a background color in. So having the skill of making your own pattern. It's really nice, because if you want it, if you have, like a block or something and you want some artwork, you can just make it. And there's a lot of cool things you can do. Like for instance, you can change the opacity of it. So here we can go to transparency and bring down the opacity to a little bit less and kind of use it as a background image for, you know, like like an avatar or, you know, your Etsy shop for your blogger or something like that. Then you can grab the text box and you can. And let's change the fill color. Then you can kind of type some words on top of it. So, like, for instance, hello and blow it up. And I have this kind of cool graphic. You can just export and paste and put it into your blawg. And it's like your own custom artwork, and you don't have to worry about copyrighting or, you know, asking for permission or anything like that. So it's kind of a cool skill to have. 6. Part 5 - Application: so I'm going to just go over quickly. A few different websites that you can go check out. If you're interested in printing out your pattern and putting it on something like a product or maybe a fabric or something like that, it's fun to design. No, but it's even more fun to kind of have something in your hand that you know you created from something that you actually made on a computer. So here's a couple of things. Spoon flour has been around for a while. You can make your own custom fabric or wallpaper once you have your design created, all you have to do is upload it into their template, so you can go over here into the design button and it'll say, Design your own and we'll have all the specs for the fabric. On the right hand side, you can shop other people's fabrics or you can make your own. Here they have the yardage price. They have different kinds of fabrics. They also have gift wrap and wallpaper that you can apply your design to. So this is really cool. You could make a really neat custom design for somebody you know, even using like a photograph. Obviously, we're using patterns today, but there's a lot of options for customization. All you have to do is have your completed J. Peg, Um, or you can have different versions of the file a swell, but J pegs the most simple. You just export it, and then you just uploaded here, and then they'll kind of set up like a preview for you. And over here, you can also look at other people's designs. So these air what other people have created, and you can either purchase those or you can upload your own to sell. Or obviously, you can just upload your design one time and use it for that one particular project. The next website is called mu dot com. Sicily name, I know, but they have great products. I personally use their business cards, and they have great quality paper. It's mostly like business oriented, So if you wanna have something like a you know, like a letterhead or some kind of flier or they have great postcards as well as business cards. Um, you know, this is a great place to go. You can upload all your own designs, and you can either use their template and kind of edit it, or you can use your own. You can upload your pattern and then kind of put text on top of it. So there's a ton of options here. They also have, like, an inspiration gallery. You can kind of check out, um, in case you're short on ideas, but there's a lot of great stuff on the site. I think the stickers a really cute, too, just for like, promotion stuff. That's great for entrepreneurs. This Web sites called Jealous Skins think that's how you say it. I don't know. Anyways, this one's really fun because you can actually create covers for all your devices. So, you know, if you have an iPad or a laptop, um, or an iPhone, you can either make like us, um, like a pattern skin, or you can make an actual case for your product. So if you click on this, it'll tell you how much it's gonna be, and then you will just add your image. And once you put it in, it'll give you a little preview. The little image on the left is where it will show up, and you can kind of go back in and edit it as you like it before you actually have to, like, pay for it and have it sent to you. This website you can basically get anything you could possibly ever want. Um, they have home stuff. They have clothing, the of paper stuff, and then this. Let this and then this tab is all the stuff that you can have a design applied to, which is quite a lot of things. One cool thing they have is that you can actually print out your pattern onto a custom canvas. They'll have it digitally printed, and then they'll stretch it. And then you could have, like a full version of your pattern, like on your wall is like a piece of artwork. Just pretty sweet. I think so. Those are just some options you can have once you're done. It's nice to have, you know, it's nice to have your design and use it digitally, but it's kind of cool to have something that's printed out and in your hand that you could be like, Hey, guys, I made this. But either way, now you know how to make a beautiful repeated pattern, and you can use it for whatever you like. 7. The End: Hey did so That's the end of the Siri's. I hope you enjoyed my Corky teachings. And if you have any questions about anything, feel free to post them below in the comment section, and I will do my best to get back to you and figure out what's going on as well is post your finished designs and patterns. I would definitely love to see those, especially if you're gonna be printing about on something that would be great to see and also let me know if there's any kind of tutorials you'd like to see in the future. If there's in specific tools, you need help lips, and maybe I can explain it a little bit better for you guys. So thanks for watching. I think you're awesome and senior next time.