Beyond the Live Paint Bucket Tool - Color your Image Traced Motifs in AI - Surface Pattern Design

Danielle Kinley Ryland, SP Designer, Owner of Tiger Tale Designs

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9 Videos (1h 2m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Drawing Your Motif

    • Image Tracing Your Motif

    • Coloring with the Live Paint Bucket Tool

    • The Offset Method

    • The Coloring Book and the Fur Effect

    • Texture with a Clipping Mask

    • Texture with the Merge Tool

    • Recoloring Motifs


About This Class

Hi! I’m Danielle Kinley Ryland, a surface pattern designer and owner of Tiger Tale Designs. In this class, we are going to cover interesting ways to color your image traced motifs in Illustrator. If you are interested in surface pattern design, if you do not have a drawing tablet, or would rather hand draw and image trace your motifs, this class is for you. Sometimes image trace can feel limiting in terms of how you can colorize, so this class is meant to give you ideas on how to color in a way that is more dynamic and interesting.

For this class, you will need paper, a pencil and pen, Adobe Illustrator, and a scanner or a camera.

For your class project, you will be following along with the class by drawing a motif, image tracing it in Illustrator, then coloring it in 4 ways. These 4 ways include: the Live Paint Bucket Tool, the Offset Method, The Coloring Book and Fur Effect Method, and using texture to color your motifs. 

Music: Springish by Gillicuddy

Color Pallete:  Image by @ROTBLAUGELB

3 of 3 students recommendSee All

My head is spinning, right now! I've never even seen the "Roughen" panel before! Danielle really knows her stuff and she's very easy to follow. Highly recommended. A+
Gail M.

Always learning

Loved this class. Really got me thinking about alternative ways to color with image trace. Looking forward to experimenting!





Danielle Kinley Ryland

SP Designer, Owner of Tiger Tale Designs

Hi there! I'm Danielle Kinley Ryland. I am a former professional athlete, current athletic coach and owner of Tiger Tale Designs. I have a Bachelor's in Film, a teaching Credential in English, and a Masters in Random Creative Studies from Skillshare, Youtube, and CreativeLive ;). I love diving into anything creative and continually learning new skills. I love making patterns, drawing, painting, refurbishing furniture, screenprinting, designing landscapes, block printing, and doing arts and cr...

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