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Adobe Illustrator Tools for Surface Pattern Designers and Illustrators

teacher avatar Katia Galante, Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Rotate Tool part 1

    • 3. Rotate Tool Part 2

    • 4. Rotate Tool Part 3

    • 5. Rotate Tool Part 4

    • 6. Reflect tool

    • 7. The Shape Builder Tool

    • 8. The Pathfinder Tool

    • 9. Using the Pathfinder Tool

    • 10. Artboards

    • 11. Bonus Lesson

    • 12. Final thoughts

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About This Class

Adobe illustrator is an enormous program. I started learning it around the same time I started learning surface pattern design, and if you try to learn everything there is to know about the program, it can be overwhelming. 

That's why I thought of doing this class were I focus on the main tools I use for designing and making my patterns.

In this class I will concentrate on tools that are especially useful for Surface Pattern/Textile Designers and Illustrators because that is where my passion lies, but I suppose you can apply this also to Low content book making (see my class here) if you would like to design the cover of your book yourself.

I will show you how you can use tools such as the Rotate tool, the Reflect tool, the Shape builder, the Pathfinder, and there is even a cool tip for saving multiple artboards at the same time!

By the end of this class you’ll know

  • how to create your own rotation points, and how to use unusual tools to obtain rotate and reflect effects.
  • How to create shapes with the Shape Builder Tool and also how to add color and remove shapes using this versatile tool.
  • How to use the Pathfinder tool for a variety of applications, and how to build motifs to use in your pattern design
  • How to save multiple artboards with a click (or 2) of the mouse!

I have also included a bonus lesson on quick trick you can use in Illustrator.

Hopefully this class will make your workflow smoother and your life easier!


  •  This class is for beginners, however a basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator would be beneficial
  • Illustrator (I’m using Illustrator CC, but I’m sure most of these tips can be applied to earlier versions too)

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Katia Galante

Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator


Hello, I'm Katia, an artist, Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer and a free spirit! 

I was born in sunny Sicily and I grew up in my grandfather’s farm, surrounded by all sorts of animals and with a vast expanse of luscious fields as my playground. No wonder I love nature and all it’s creatures!

This love is reflected in my designs which often display floral themes, animals, and insects.

If you'd like to learn more about me or see more of my work or just would like to say hi the best place to find me is on my Facebook page or on Instagram or you can visit my website if you really want to know more about me :-)

I graduated in 2008 in Microbiology but my real passion, painting and being creative, kept coming back in waves until  I di... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: illustrator is a huge program. I started learning it when I first started leaning surface pattern design. And when you try to learn everything about illustrator, you can feel really overwhelmed. That's why I tried to do this class to concentrate on just the few tools that are very useful for surface pattern designers and illustrators. And it's no so overwhelming. Hi, I'm gotta I'm a surface button designer, and I'm based in the UK in this class is I say that we concentrate on the tools that I most used for creating my patterns by by no means an extensive class. As I said, Illustrator is huge and you will always find new tips and tricks. But this should be enough to get you started. If you are a beginner, Andi, you would like to know a few more tips and tricks, so I wish, or you want to use the rotate to the Petfinder to the shape builder. What else? All day is a really good trick that I will show you how to save multiple airports all at once that you have in just one document and all with a click of the mouse. By the end of the of this class, you would know how to use the rotation point to create your own rotation point and how to use different tools to create, rotating and reflect effects to create new shapes with the shape builder to and also toe add color on bond. Manipulate shapes and remove shapes with this very versatile tool and also to use the Pathfinder toe to create new shapes may be simple one to start with, but then, if you experiment, you will be able to create even more complicated shapes and add little of decorations to your motive so you can make motifs that you can use for your. But in the same, I have also included a bonus lesson with a few little tips and tricks that you can use an illustrator and maybe make your workflow a bit quicker and make your life easier so they just fun to do. Hopefully discuss will make your life a little bit easier with this new tricks that they teach you and help you, you will enjoy it. This glasses beginner friendly, But it would be good if you have some knowledge off illustrator because I won't go too much into details about the weather. Tools are in outer creative workspace, so it would be nice if you have open illustrator already a couple of times a list. This glass is not really project based on with no building a pattern or anything like that . But it would be nice if you would make a button, for example, using all the tools and the chicks that I am told you about. And maybe you can post a picture of your pattern in the project section on. We can all admire your beautiful work. I hope you will enjoy the class and you find it useful on, Well, let's get started. 2. Rotate Tool part 1: Hey, guys, in this class, I'm going to show you a few different ways to use their rotate to to start with. If you have a shape, just any shape you can just rotated by hovering near the shape. And then when your mouse becomes like bed arrow, you can just click and drag and rotate it. But sometimes you don't want to use that. Maybe you're working with apartment, which is quite complex with lots of motives, and it's quite difficult to use. This mated so you can use the rotator, too, which is either the cycle that it looks like a narrow rotating around. Or you can press R on your keyboard. So if we pick one of these motives here, you can select the motive that you want to rotate and press are on the keyboard and then just that, rotating it by default. The rotating point is in the middle of the shape on. If you let go, your shape is rotated. You can change the rotating point, so when you press are, you can click outside of the shape and then click and drag it to rotate around the new point. And if you hold the old key or option key while urinating it. Then let go of the mouse and then they go dealt key. You made a copy. You can also have a more precise rotation by calculating the degrees off the rotation using an equation. Now, if you're anything like me, a dimension of the world equation outbid running miles. But don't worry, illustrator. We do all the yard work for us. So select the motive and press are click where you want the rotation point Toby set. Now click again, impressing old or option. You see for the dots appearing and now click again and you will get a window in here. You can write 360 degrees, which is the full circle, divided by how many times she won the shape to go around. Let's say eight times and click Copy. This makes a copy. And of course, you don't have to repeat that again. With Illustrator, you can just press control. D on this would repeat the last action you did This looks, er, almost Christmassy, actually. So there you go. You have rotating your motive and then you can group it and make it smaller. Andi, you can use it for your designs 3. Rotate Tool Part 2: guys back. You can also rotate something using the distort interest for option for a sample. Let's get this leaf and go to effect distorting, transform and transform. And you would get this window here is stale of books can also be used for reflection, but more on that later. So for rotate, we can go where you say's angle. Make sure you have preview checked and right. 360 divided by Let's see eight again. We want copies of it. So we have one copy already. We want seven more copies. Toe have 18 total at the moment, as you can see is rotating in the center. To think to change that, you go to where is this little square? And this is made up of nine small boxes and you can just click where you want your rotation point to be. So that would be around here. And then if you press tab, you give you a preview of what the rotation is going to look like. Press okay on. New motive is rotated, and of course, this is an effect. So if you want to have days is an object, you go to object and expand appearance, and now it's an object that you can use it. Play with it, scale it as you want. By using this method, we are limited to the nine boxes. But there is a way to say to your own custom rotation point. So what would do is make sure you have no feeling no stroke and then go to depend, too. And don't worry, I'm gonna ask you to do anything. We depend, too. I know that many people really don't like this, too. We just need a point. Select where you would like the rotation point to be, Let's say around here and then Chris escape. Then select the point and the object and group them by control. G didn't go to effect, distort and transform and transform. And if we click here the centre bottom square, it will pick that point as the rotation point. So we write again. 360 divided by eight technique. Opie's Andi okay, on belief as rotator around that point. So you have a different effect on again. You want to expand, Andi, if you make these are like color, it could almost look like a snowflake. So we can make this smaller and, um, put it on the site 4. Rotate Tool Part 3: one more thing that could be useful is if you have different shapes. Let's say this one and this one on this one. If you select all of them and press are you're rotating all of them in the same time, and the rotation point is the center motive. If you want to retain them independently but at the same time, then you need to go to object, transform and transform each. Okay, so this should be zero right here. We can tape, for example, 45 degrees, and you can see there being rotated, but they are still individual motifs. One more thing that you can do is if you have a shape, let's say, don't know more square and it's filled with a pattern. Well, actually, it isn't Libbets shape. Is it this jagged? So we do a rectangle, and it's filled with a pattern, and you want to rotate this return Go. But you want to keep the pattern in the same orientation as it is Now you need to double click on the rotate to, and then you can write, for example, 90 degrees and make sure that transformed patterns is not checked. See if I check it. It will rotate the part in inside. And if I and check it, it will rotate the shape, but not the pattern. And then you can just click. OK, that's very cool, huh? You can use the rotator tool to make a flower. For example. I just do this with a broad brush to so press are and select the rotation point. Then click and hold the old key and click again and you will get the rotate window so we can do 360 degrees divided by, let's say six and copy and then control de to give you all the copies. And then you can add another petal different shape if you want, and then we can do the same thing. So set the rotation point and then right 2060 divided basics and copy and then control D and you will have a flower, and then you compress l for the lips, too, and draw a little circle. And if you old shift, it will be a perfect circle, and you can give it a different color and your flower the UK use for your button. The sign and this really quite simple. And if you're not looking for anything too complex, you can do something like that 5. Rotate Tool Part 4: one more cool thing that you can do with Rotate Tool is, for example, if you have three shapes and you want to rotate them around the point. But you want different numbers for each motive. You can't rotate them all at the same time. We have to do it one by one. So what you need to do is to draw a circle where you want the rotation points to be, and then you need to line all of your objects. Make sure they're lying to selection, is checked and then align center. Then select your first motive, and Chris are and select the center of your circle and then click again and press old and click and you come right 360 divided by, Let's say, 12. Let's see what this will look like. So Control D and you have your shape rotated. Then you do the same thing with the next shape. To select it, Chris are select the center and old. Click it, then let's to 360 divided by eight and then control D on. We have the flowers around as well. Then we select the last shape and press are and click on the center, an old click on 360 divided by Let's to 16 and then we do control deep, and then you have a new motive here and you can select it and group it, and now you can use it for your part in the signs. I quite like this, actually, for this Mikis Mullah and moved to the site. There's one last thing I want to show you for the rotate to, and that is if you have a shape that you want to rotate, for example around the circle. So let's see. We can use this leaf on you can make a copy so you do that by holding the old K were clicking and dragging and then select both of them and click on the blend to that is only two box here. Then click on one of the motive and then click on the order and you have your blend. Now click away and draw a circle, and, of course, you can hold down the shift key to make a perfect circle. Let's give it no feel and a stroke just to see it next, you need to select all of them and go toe object on, uh, blend and replace spine. No problem. You won't have enough objects to go around the whole circle, and you can't really add more. But what you can do is to go to the sisters too, which is here in the with a risotto and then click of the line and this will break the line . But we still have a blend so we can double click on the blend, too. And, uh, we can go to specified steps. And if we have a preview checked, we can change the number of motives around the circle. And then, of course, you would need to expand the shape. When you're finished on there you have it. You have do motives around the circle, and you can use whatever you like. Of course, you can use little hearts, flowers, butterflies, anything you like. So I think this is all for the rotate to, and I will see you in the next lesson. 6. Reflect tool: Hey, guys, in this lesson, we're going to have a look at the reflector. You can find their reflector here in the open. Oh, it's under the rotate to if you haven't used it. So you just click and hold, and you would get the different options on the reflect to Is there? Oh, you can just press are on your keyboard. So if you have an object, or, as we say in button design, a motive that should be symmetrical, you can use this to You can also use their effect toe to reflect words. For example, to obtain some special effects were words. So the first thing I want to show you is for a Sambu. If you have a pattern where you want to draw lots of butterflies, you don't have to draw the whole butterfly. You can just do Al from it and then by using the reflective, which is Oh, when your keyboard, you can place the reflection point around the center of the butterfly. Then you can just click and drag to reflect it. And then you can all the shift, a key just to have it on the same plane and the old key to make a copy and then release the mouse first and then your keys on. Do you have a perfect butterfly? And now when you need to do is just selected on group it. And there you have it. You have your butterfly. You can also use the transform. So let me just ondo this So we select a work motive. We go to object, transform Andi, reflect and we can affect horizontally or vertically. And of course, we need vertically at the moment. Onda, uh, we hit copy and this would just make a copy on top of it. But we can just move it using the shift key, we keep it in line and, um, they were, well, more or less the same result. Although I preferred the previous method. Okay, we can also reflect on object across an access. So if I move our butterfly to the side, let's use this one. No, actually, I'm going to use the leaves. Onda, if you want to reflect this across an access or we need to do is we need to door a line. So we go to the line to on to drive 45 degrees just hold the shift key. Onda Uh, let's give it these jokes so we can see it. And then we select our motive that we want to reflect. We press hope, and then we click on one point off the line and then we click on the not the point of the line, and this will reflect de motive across this access. Now, if you want to have a copy at the same time, What we do is we have the line Onda. We select our motif, select oh, on the keyboard streak on the line and then hold down the old key or option key and click again. And this will make a copy. Onda, we can delete the line and we have a copy of our motif. Okay, We can also use the distorting transform. So if we go to effect distorted, transform and transform in this panel, If you remember, we used it for, uh the rotate. But we can use it for reflection as well, so we can reflect on the X access on the Y axis Onda. We can make a copy and if we do it this way, we can reflect that we can change the reflection point as well. And if you press OK, we have a full heart now. And of course, remember that if you use the effect panel, you have to expand Europeans or other ways. It would just be an effect, so we can also reflect text. As I mentioned before, I have typed the word water and applied an effect. So it's all a bit quickly. So we go to object, transform Andi, reflect and then we can afraid to re gentle vertically. And then if we make a copy of it, we have date double word here. Andi. It has reflected the water, the world water. And then you can make this may be lighter, for example, different color, just a place, some effects. Okay. And I think this is all for they reflect to for the moment I see you in the next lesson 7. The Shape Builder Tool: Hey, guys, in this lesson, we're going to explore the shape into two. So just to look over the basis, I have two shapes here. Andi, if you in there overlapped, so if you select them both and go to the shipbuilder, to which you can find here in the tools or shift em, which I always prefer to use the shortcut. Now, if you're over over the shapes, you can see that there are actually three shapes and make this a bit bigger. So this this, this shape and the shape on you can do different things. You can join all the shapes by just clicking and dragging through them. Andi, maybe if you give them a color, you get just one shape, or you can delete ah shape. If you press the old turkey, there's ah, plus sign next to your point, which will become a miner's. And then you just click. And now you have, uh, two shapes. Or if you just click once just with a plus and not know by holding the old key in this way , you are now three shapes. It just separates the shapes. So this is the very basic off the shape in the tour so we can get rid of that. Another way I like to use it is to trim for some pool. Ah, during that I made. So I made this with a book blob Brush to and these are different X separate shapes. And I want to use thes as ah decoration for my little us. So what I do is I select all of it and then shift him. And then where you can do, issue old your old key or option, and you click it and that will trim it. Or you can just hold the old key and just click and drag. And that's very quick on now. It's perfectly trip and it's still a separate shape. You can just group it afterwards. But this, you know, saves your time and try and erase this with a wrestle tool and is never going to be this neat If you use the eraser. I know the way I like to Oops used this is what for a simple When I have anybody traced what if like this and it actually made off very small leaves and I want to give it a color . So you could just use the life pain back a tour and create carnage, Single leaf and color the more but it takes time. And if you want to have these all of one color, you can just select your motive, press shift em, and then you can just click and drug. And this will, uh, unified the color. Now, if you look at this because this is more gap here, the ship with the tool things that this is one shape that come be made like this, for example. So when it's like that, just be mindful not to click on that shape. And then for the rest, you can just click and drag, and it's a very quick and if you want, if you know already what color you want to do this, let's choose a green here, for example. You can pick the color and then do the same thing. Click and drag, and then you would get already the color that you want so we could change the color for this one since, well, clips keep doing that. Okay, so you have your shape colored? No, what we can also do I just go back toe over original shape. Another quick way to do this issue can do a rectangle I took of it. Choose your color and Cendant behind eso. You can just do trance, arrange center back. Or you can use the shortcut to the shift control and bracket. And then where you can do is select both of the shapes. Shift em over over your shape and quick old and click on the shape. Now we still have the shape inside here and one here. But now it was even much more quicker than before. Where you can do now is if you move there black outline, you will see that you have. We missed a bit. Shift them. Okay, so you have a shape underneath, which is a solid color shape, and you still have your outline. So at this point, you can delete the outline. Oh, you can group it and then make the outline a different color. For example, lighter color. And, uh, yeah, you have different options. Of course. As you can see, these are no group, so you will need to group everything so you don't have a stray leaves left behind. All right. Another thing you can do is for example, if you want to give it the impression off like a shadow on a leaf. So if you take your blood brush tool so shift B. Andi, Um, you choose, like a darker color. You can sort off dro I'm driving my mouth so it's not going to be very except. And then you selected you go a shift em and now you press old and delete the excess. Now it looks like there is a shadow when you live. So that's a nice way also, to use the shape little All right. And I think this is all for the shape builder Tool. I will see you in the next lesson. 8. The Pathfinder Tool: Hey, guys, in this lesson, I'm going to talk to you about the Pathfinder to so this toe actually could have its own class by itself, to be honest. But I will try to give you an overview of what you can do with it and show you the different options here that you can use. So if, um, Joan, some shapes on ah, where you can do is you can select all the shapes and click unite, and this will unite all of the shapes, and we give it the color off the top most object that you have. So if I under this to see which object is the top custom in here is quite clear. But you can always go to the layers panel and see which one is on top. Okay? And if you don't have the part, find the window here. You can always go toe windows and go down to Petfinder and click on that. So the next thing is select or your shapes. I'm going to make a copy, actually, so I can, uh, control, See, second, just repeat these shapes so we can do the next thing we can do is the minus front on this basically will delete or subtract from the bottom shapes the shapes of that on the top and again you can check that on the layers partner. Which one is on the top? So they escaped back the shapes and then we can go to in dissect. Now, in this case, you don't have any results because the shapes don't all overlap. So you need shapes the overlap. So, for example, if I select just this to and go toe intersect, then you would delete everything else except for the part where they intersect. If you see there, so fe put them all on top of each other, select them and go toe intersect. This only that little bit where they intersect left that bit there. Okay, so select them all again. And now we can go to exclude. And this was, well, basically do the reverse of the Intersect toe so it would delete the intersection and at the moment is grouped. But you can on group it and you can access all the shapes by themselves. Now, with all these shapes selected, we can go to divide. And what this has done is some. Let's and group them again. Divide all the shapes in tow, each component. So you have all this different bits and pieces. Now everything has been cut. Now select the shapes again and let's go to trim And what this does, it would give different results, depending on what shape is on top. So let's and group it and see what happened. So it does treatment this bit and this bit. So if you have a different let's put this one, arrange it, bring it to the front books. Okay, so we select these ones and go to trim unless we get to a group. So now we have this effect because this shape has been used to trim the shapes and then it All right, So we have the next one, which is Mitch. And these would do a similar thing to the trim when the shapes are of different color. But let me show you, if we Rick color that say this shape with the same color and select the more and that would do Midge, What happened is this. Two shapes emerged, but this one has been trimmed, so it will midge the shapes with the same color and dream. Whatever is a different color, which can be useful as well. Okay, so let's put this on the top for this next one. And this one is crop. So this divides they artwork into is different components. And the leads, all the artwork, the force outside basically on the top, most object. So everything that falls outside. So if I put these closer and let a little less falling outside and we do crop, see if you have a bit more left now inside the shape. Now we can do the outline, and this will divide the artwork into the component line segment. Andi, if we on group it, then you can see each segment has been divided, and you can work with each segment on its own, which again kind of its uses, depending on what you do. And no, we have the last one which is minus back, which basically subtracts the overlapping shapes from the top. Most object. So we have this at the top. Might this buck, we just have this bit left. All right. And this is just the introduction. I'm going to show you now how to apply. They find it toe to do some motives. For example, 9. Using the Pathfinder Tool: Hey, guys would come back. So in this lesson, I'm going to show you how to use the Pathfinder toe. Build some simple shapes that you can apply for your part in making. For example, So what we can do? We can build something like a simple but a flight. So we go to the lips toe and we draw a circle. So if you hold down the shift key, you would drop effort, cycle, and then we go back and we take the rectangle two or M o on your keyboard and we dough. So this elected the circle from the center of the circle, hold down the shift key and draw a square up to the perimeter off the circle. And then we can select both of these. Go to the Petfinder menu here on select Unite. And here we have the first part off the wing off the butterfly. So what we can do? Just straighten this up. We can make a copy of this we reflected using. They reflect too. Oh, when your keyboard and then we make it a bit smaller. Yeah, that's ah look so right. And then we can select them both and control G to group them, and we have the first part off the wiggled about a flight. And then where you can do is again O on your keyboard. If you remember that from the previous lesson, and you can just only in the shift key to keep it in line and the old kid to make a copy and you have butterfly wings. So this group these and put them on the side. And then one more thing that you can do is to create something like embellishment. Ah, to put on your butterfly wings. So if we do a rectangle on sale at this, let's give it another color on then on Ellipse. If you can press L on your keyboard for their lips, make a circle. Um, let's give it a different color just to see so we need to position this circle on the corner off the tango here. So what is say's intersect, Okay, and then we make a copy, so click on it press shift to keep it in line and old to make a copy, and we can intersect on the other side, Then select them both by holding shift and clicking on the other circle, and then you compress control old and be to make a blend. Oh, you can just go to object, blend on make and you can make up the blend. Now we can change this plant. If we go toe object, blend on blend option If you remember, we've done this in another lesson. Quick preview and Creek specified steps and then you can make thes overlap, for example. Okay, And then, actually, we want to serve foetal. We need to expand this, and now we want this to be the same color. And then we select all and we do minus front, and you will love this shape left that you can use as a decoration for the wings of your butterfly, for example, so you can put it over the top of it. You can make a smaller, for example, let's say like this. Then, if you use their director selection to and click on the Uncle Point, you can just make this a bit bigger. And it doesn't matter if it's, um, weird shape here because we're going to get rid of that bit anyway. And then we select all of it and we go to divide. Now it seems like nothing has happened, but we can and group this. Then select the shape with a warned and get rid of it. And this has created a decoration for your wing. And then, of course you can, just so we can get rid of this group. This too. And then we can reflect these on the other side, holding shift and old to make a copy. And you have your butterfly. Give me that that we can also make something Laker a leaf, for example, or a petal. So we start with the lips again. Let's give it like color to make something like a leaf. All right. And then again, we go today Strict angle to Andi from the center, all in the shift key. We make this time two squares. So we go to this center again, shift key and another square upto where it intersects with a perimeter off the off the circle. And then again, we select everything and we united. So we have this shapes that that could be like a petal, for example. And where you can do is you can create something like that. I can show you a different way to create, like a variation of it. So again we need a tangle. It's making a bit darker, and then we make it circle again, and we put it in the corner. There. We make a copy like we did before, and we make a blend and again we make it overlap a bit and we expand it. And this time I want to make another circle, but a bit smaller. Onda. I'm going to give it a different color, and I put it Let's make this a bit bigger. Gonna put it at the center off the previous circle and again make a copy and make a blend the biggest so we can see Andi. Then we go toe blend on the options preview and steps. And, uh, I would do these so that we have one circle in the center or which of the previous circles . You will see why in a minute then we expand this a swell, and what I want to do now is go to the layer panel on uh, which one is this group? That is So I want to make this invisible for now, So let's go again to the Petfinder. Andi, remind us the front, as we did before to go back to the layers. We make this visible. And now we have this effect So we can group this and then make it smaller. And then we can use it as a decoration for our leaf the same way we did before So we can adjust it, maybe something like that, select everything and divide on a group. And then we get rid of the extra bits and this little let's hear the full outside. I think we can get rid of them with the shipbuilder, too. So if we do shift em, we go there and all did the old keep. We can just click on this, too, so you can just combine all of these tools that you've been learning about and then just make sure this is grouped and you have a petal, and it looks quite nice as well. And then, of course, what you can do is you can make copies of it the same way I showed you before in the lesson about the rotate to So we click our we select the rotation point, we click again. And with the old key. Here we do. 360 divided by, let's say, with eight. And I didn't a copy. 260 divided by eight in corporate. That's better. And then control D. Look at that. You have a flower. Okay, so this is these are just some of the ways you can use the ship builder tool, but this loads off different other ways as well. And, um, justice to experiment and see where you get 10. Artboards: three guys. This lesson will be all about backboards, So an outboard is like a canvas. Basically, for us on it is this black rectangle that you can see here. But of course it can be a square as well. Doesn't have to be a rectangle, and it's where we create our patterns or illustrations and what we use to save our work as well. So you can move, delete or change the shape often at board. And to access that you need to go either today at bolt to oh click shift, and this will goto this sort off screen. And when you're here, you can just go to the corners and adjust the sites off your art board. Or, if you want, you can make a new one. You can just click and drag, and you can just draw a new outboard. You can even move this one if you want. Move that boards around, and then to go out of this screen, you just press. Either be on your keyboard or you go back toe the selection tool, and now you have two outboards and you can see which one is selected because it's slightly darker. I don't know if you can see it is here. But if I click on these are at board the line around it is a bit darker, and if I click on this one, the line around this one is a bit darker, and we can also use the irritable panel. And if you don't ever hear, you can go to windows on our boards and you will have this. And when you click on our board, the will I light the art board. Your ah, you are in that moment and you can also delete on outboard. If you just click and drag it today, just come there. And from this partner you can make a new one. And in this case, we make exactly the same as the previous one. From here, you can know. So let's let me delete this one. You can also make a copy of this art board. If you click and drag it to the plus sign, it would make a copy with the same motives on the new outboard, and then if you delete this one, it would delete the airport. But you will have the motives there. Another thing that you can do is create a dartboard. If you press them on your keyboard and ah, draw either a square or ah rectangle, whichever shape you like, and you go toe object art boards and convert toe output. This will have created a new at bolt for you. You may want to have multiple outboards in your, um, document. For example, if you like to create your collections, only one documents so you can have ah, better overview of all your patterns. You may want to have more than one outboard there or if you're doing ah, like a small pdf documents or multi page document. Oh, I can show you here. I have done this document where I have pulled all the different sizes for downloadable calendars, which I include with my monthly newsletter, Andi. Before knowing this trick, I used to do every single document in a different illustrated document, and then I would just save each one separately. So open, changing, save it, and it would take quite a bit of time. And then I discovered that you can actually save multiple outboards all at once. Andi, I was very happy to discover that, and the way you do that is when you have your outboards, you goto file export an export for screens and you go to art boards. I can show you in a minute about the assets. And then here you can either click all of them or a few of them the ones that you want to say, where you can just put here range instead of range put all so it will save all of them. You choose your folder by clicking here, and they would give you the option to choose the folder. You can choose the scale. I know these ones at the right scale. So they want to change that. You can choose the type of file J pig PNG, whichever you like, and you cannot the prefix. For example, I come right calendar and then you can export the art board. And what happens is yes, exported all of their boards, all the ones, all in different files, which is just fantastic. And it saves you so much thing. Okay? And I couldn't show you about their sit. So if we go to the asset export and again, if you don't have a there you go toe window and its asset export in there on what we do is we click and drag what we want to export in here. And this is particularly useful if you want to make something like like single motif that you can access just ah, on their own. Andi, you again. You can choose the scale so you can have a one toe. Andi, If you know there's more and you want them bigger, you can just make put a bigger scale you can use which type off. Ah, file. You want PNG J pig And then you can If you click here, you launch the export for screen Dalek books and we're in assets. You click or the ones that you want Toe Exporter. You do all assets again. You cannot the prefix. This is not calendar. So I'm going to delete that, Andi, you can choose the for better, and then you can export our sex. And we have the single motives here by themselves. And we have the calendars here. And you see, it just wrote calendar in all of them whenever wrote the prefix. All right, so I think that's all for the art ports. I hope this is useful for you. 11. Bonus Lesson: Hey, guys, I just wanted to give you a little bonus lesson here. Just a few tips and tricks. The my speed up you'll work for. We'll make your life easier. So one thing I wanted to show you is sometimes you want to put a specific motif into a specific place for a sample for this one. I would like this wing to touch this little circle there, and I'm gonna make it bigger. And no matter how hard you try, you can't really position it just touching the circle. If this happens to you, you might want to go toe view and uncheck snap two picks up. This may be useful sometimes, but sometimes you just drive you crazy. So now you can just put it wherever you like. Andi uh, as you can see, it's just put it in the right place where I what I wanted it to be a list. So another thing that might be useful is if you have a shape and you want to do like a two color frame, for example, so you can copy control C and control be just to make a extra copy, and I make this invisible for now. Then I want toe cut this with sister too. So just cut around here on then get rid off this bit and now make the other copy visible, and we can give this a different color on a Z, you can see they're two different colors and you can group them together and you have a shape with just with different colors around it. So if you make him patents, you might want to save ah tile with your pattern on. So what I would do is, um press em and make a rectangle and fill it with your pattern is already there. And then we copied this. So control, See, we go toe on empty document on Drago Control V, and this will automatically add the tail here. And then we can even delete that if we don't want it. And now we can get rid of all the colors that we don't want because we might no want to have all these switches. They're so just carried abilities on. Go to the little menu here on duh save switch library as a I and then you can give it a name. See life, for example, and Now, if you open a new document, that's a fide We go to this watch library menu here, the bottom we go to use to define. Andi. I do have a lot off. Uh, that's what Jesse has saved. And here it is is just our pattern and the black and white that I left there. But you can even delete those if you want to. You just have your pattern there and you can click it and he will be added here. And then you can use it. Just give it to feel there. Oops, Hagel. Another thing I wanted to show you is out to make a daughter line. So I have this line here. I drew it with the room. Sorry, Temperature told. Oh, you conjoined. We depend. Toe doesn't matter and you can open the stroke panel. And if you don't have it here, you can go to windows and stroke. And with a line selected, make sure you have a round cup and you go to dash line. And you could you put zero in your dash and you put here in the gap more or less the same weight. Aziz, your weight. So 14 I have here in here and as you can see, is made the little dots now. And if we change this number, it would change the appearance of the line. You will make it, Ah, daughter would make them smaller or bigger. And if you want, If I press L for the groups for their lips toe now that it's been done, it would actually make de line dotted already so you can have different shapes on. Do you have the dots already? But it's important to have zero on the dash and then the gap. Similar sides, at least to your weight of your line. And this is all for the bonus class. I really hope you have enjoyed little lessons and that you find them useful for your work. 12. Final thoughts: thank you for completing the class. Help. You have learned a few tips and tricks that you can use for your workflow for creating your patterns on, but I hope this was useful for you if you are creating a fact in running a station. Using these tips that you have seen during, the lessons are placed referring to upload your designs on the project sections s so we can all have a look. A your creations and we can all of my each other's work. If you find this class useful, please a live interview, which would be really good for the past disability, and the other people will be able to find the classes well and benefits from what I teach. And if you have different tips or tricks off anything that can be done even a quicker or better than the way I showed you in the class, feel free Teoh. Just share your knowledge in the discussion on dime open for new ways to improve the workflow and the way we work with little state of so just share way. And of course, if you want to contact me at any time again, start a discussion on, I will always keep an eye on the questions coming there. Okay, All right,