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Create a Timeless Floral Silhouette Ditsy Print Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

Create a Timeless Floral Silhouette Ditsy Print Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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15 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. 1 Class Introduction

    • 2. 2 A Brief Note

    • 3. 3 Plan for Creating Motifs

    • 4. 4 Setting Up the Working File

    • 5. 5 The Blob Brush Tool

    • 6. 6 The Shape Builder Tool

    • 7. 7 The Rotate Tool

    • 8. 8 The Pen Tool

    • 9. 9 Creating Centers

    • 10. 10 Leaf & Stem Configurations

    • 11. 11 Creating Motif Brushes

    • 12. 12 Creating the Pattern

    • 13. 13 Saving a Pattern Swatch

    • 14. 14 Final Words

    • 15. 15 Bonus:Geometric Ditsy Print Speed Replay

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About This Class


The ditsy print is a timeless pattern style that dates back to the 1920’s era. 

It is a tight, all-over pattern composed of tiny motifs scattered in every direction making for a lively print even with more subdued color palettes.

Although floral motifs are most commonly used, a ditsy print can be created using geometric and conversational motifs as well.

There are four common characteristics found in most ditsy patterns:

  • use of small-scale motifs
  • tossed, all-over pattern
  • liveliness is actual or implied
  • prints are multi-directional, meaning ditsy fabric can be sewn in any direction

By the end of this class, you will have gained the skill of creating and arranging motifs to design a silhouette floral ditsy pattern in Adobe Illustrator, perfect for use in stationery, apparel, home decor, your portfolio, or on digital products.

All you will need is Adobe Illustrator. If you do not already have access to it; see the link below to access it free for thirty days. 


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1. 1 Class Introduction: Hello, I'm in nets, an artist and surface pattern designer from the Chicago land area. In this class, we will create a timeless, ditzy pattern from start to finish. In Adobe Illustrator, the ditzy print is a timeless pattern style that dates back to the 19 twenties era. It is a tight, all over pattern composed of tiny multi eaves scattered in every direction, making for lively print even with more subdued color palettes. Although Flora Maltese are most commonly used, a ditzy print can be created using geometric and conversational motives as well. There are four characteristics found in most ditzy patterns. Use of small scale motives tossed all over pattern liveliness that is actual or implied, and the prince on multi directional meaning did see fabric can be sown in any direction. This class you will have gained the skill of creating and arranging motives to design a silhouette, floral, ditzy pattern and adobe illustrator Perfect for use in stationary apparel, home decor, your portfolio or on digital products. All you will need is Adobe illustrator. If you do not already have access to it, see the link below toe. Access it free for 30 days. If you are ready to create a silhouette desy pattern, let's continue in the next video 2. 2 A Brief Note: I thought that creating a two color silhouette pattern would offer a simple introduction to this pattern style, so we won't focus on color palettes for this class. But feel free to incorporate your own preferences and personality into this project also notes that this is only one way to create a ditzy pattern. There are many different styles of ditzy patterns. Some have clusters are multicolored, have outlines around each motif, and so on. This class is simply a jumping off point for you to them. Take thes skills and make them your own. You're welcome to use hand drawn wilt eaves, but in this class I will share ways to create the motifs digitally in Illustrator. For the final project, feel free to share your motifs and the finish pattern so that we can all see them and encourage one another to keep creating 3. 3 Plan for Creating Motifs: before we get started creating the multi eaves. I just wanted to share my goal for this section. My personal goal is to have settled on two different types of flower heads to different types of buds. One general stem shape in one general leave shape. If you plan to use multiple flower heads, I suggest creating only one stin and leave shape in order to create consistency in the overall pattern. My leave configurations were very, but the general shapes will remain the same, which helps ground the final pattern. In some cases, the demonstration might incorporate more than one illustrator tool. Both the four primary tools I will use are the blob brush, tool shaped builder, tool pin tool and the rotate tool. And then I will create floral centers using the Pathfinder tool after I show you how to create each multi, then I will demonstrate how to create art brushes in order to make the motifs appear more lively. Let's get started using the blob brush tool 4. 4 Setting Up the Working File: here is the document that I will work from. These motifs are examples of what we will create as I show you how to use each tool. I divided my working art board up into different sections in order to keep myself organized , and you can look under the your Projects section on skill share in order to find a PDF document that can be placed inside of your working file. So in order to create your working file, you can look to file new or type in command and on your keyboard. My documents size is 200 by 200 pixels. But if you would like to make yours larger or smaller, you can adjust the pdf file to the size of your art board. So I would suggest naming it as you're working file, selecting your with and height. And keep in mind that we're working with small motifs so you wouldn't want it to be too large because the motifs eventually will get really tiny. And you can keep the color mode RGB at 300 t. P I and click create. Once your blank art board appears, you can go to file place or shift command p and look for the pdf file that you downloaded took one that in click on place, you look to the corner of your art board and tap it, and then the dividers will appear. And this way you can work along with me section by section. But you are also welcome to work on a completely clean art board. Okay, so I'm going to go back to my working file and we will start with the block brush tool. And please keep in mind that I'm just showing you different examples of silhouette flowers that we could make. I will start with the flower heads and then create the stem and leaf elements. And we want I'll show you how I asked sensors, and then we'll create the brushes. 5. 5 The Blob Brush Tool: Let's start with the block brush tool. You can access it by holding down shift. Be on your keyboard and you can use Theo open and close bracket Teoh make in larger or smaller. The open bracket makes it smaller. The closed bracket makes it larger. I'm going to be using a small tablet, but I have only begun to use tablets recently, so it is possible to create the same shapes without having access to a tablet. You can choose to leave these shapes open, but I'm going to close mine. So that is my first shape. And you'll notice that illustrating uses these stroke in order to create shapes with the block brush tool. And then it becomes a fields create another shape. Um, maybe we want this one to be a little more even. Okay, and then I make a smaller bud and your cherry worthies wherever shape you like for them to be. I am just creating some shapes for you to consider, and you can reference existing flowers or use your imagination to create additional shapes . Okay, so I think you get the idea you are using the stroke color option in order to create these shapes, you can colored them in as I did, Or you can even leave them with gaps like this. And they smooth out some once you lift up the block brush tool. Okay, so I don't really like how that turned out, but so I would probably color the these in, um, but that's at your discretion. Right now, I will show you a few ways that you can clean up these edges. If you so choose, it might make for an interesting print to leave the edges as they are, but if you want to change them, you can type a on your keyboard, and that is your direct selects tool and then just tap on the motif that you would like to change. And I would click on this anchor point and then go up to convert it to occur. So that's another option to leave it like that. Or you can pull. You can click on an anchor point and then pull it out in order to make it more rounded. One handles and everything, so that is an auction. You can also delete anchor points, so if you type in the minus on your keyboard you can delayed anchor points and then you can go back to direct select. You make subtle changes that way as well, so it's really just a matter of tweaking each multi to make it look the way you envision it to look. I see Marks here that I would probably removed some type thing minus on my keyboard and not get rid of this Smarck and that one, and then am like he board tap on that anchor point and then pull this out to make it appear more round it. These shapes. These could also be unique aspects of Brent. But if you would like to change the Straits, you can click on an anchor point, make them rounded and you can even select more than one. So I tap on this acre point, hold down my shift ski and then tap on the other anchor point. So that is also an option, and I think I'll just go ahead and change. You can change those simultaneously. You can also use the soothe tool. You go over to your shape or tool, scroll down to smooth. It's a little well down command on your keyboard and then tap the area you would like to smooth and just running along that area. The nettles filled it out some. But as you can see, it also adds anchor points, so keep that in mind as well. You may want to avoid that by using the direct selects tool, but it's up to you. This is just another option. Okay, so that is the block brush tool. I would say Experiment with it, experiment with the different sizes and just see what shapes you can create with it. 6. 6 The Shape Builder Tool: So now we'll move on to the shape builder tool. And with this one, we literally use shapes in order to build the flowers So we can go over to the rectangle tools, go down to the Ellipse tool, and I'm just gonna create little ovals that will allow me to create shapes similar to this one. I want to change this color just to try to remain consistent so you can see how they differentiate from one another. Okay, so let's just make a copy. By selecting the shape and then holding down the all key, you can duplicate that shape. I was gonna rotate it. You see, the little a rose appear we don't or a little. And I want this side to be a little larger shape there and another here, and they don't have to all that exactly the same. I'm just keeping them somewhat similar. Um, just, for example, purposes. Okay. And so we can also use thean direct select tool with these shapes in order to give them a little more character. You can hold on ALTs while moving one handle. If you would like Teoh, just change one side. I'm gonna go back up to a little more. Some happy B on your keyboard will send you back to the general selection to law. And if you notice, I use a lot of rounded shapes because rounded shapes usually communicate to happiness and positivity. And so by using roundish shapes, you're communicating that with your pattern, that it's lively, that it's positive that it's energetic. And once you have done arranging each individual shape as you like, you can select all of them and then go over to the shape builder tool, which is also shift in on your keyboard, and you'll notice these little grid patterns appear so you can click on the individual pieces until they're all one piece. And so now you have a new shape. It's unified and everything you could go to view outline and see that that's just one shape now. Okay, so let's try that one more time we can creates. Let's say we'll create one of these little buds, begin using the oval, and with this selected, I can right click it, go down to transform, reflect, and it's set to reflect vertically. You can see that according to preview, and I'm going to click on copy. We're just gonna move this over some, and I'm gonna tap on AM a keyboard just to make this look a little different, That's I am going to create another shape. Let's go for a rounded rectangle. Okay, Okay, that looks good to me. So I am going to select all of these, go over to shape builder and then combined them, and that is a little, but 7. 7 The Rotate Tool: right. So now let's move over to the rotate tool, and you can make so many different shapes. So I'm not going to make a many shapes for each one, just for sake of time. But I hope that you're able to see, um, how you can combine shapes using the different tools. Once again, I happen oval. And to make this look a little different and goes over to direct select tap on a point, I think I will use it converted to an anchor point with the corner. And then I'm gonna tap one and again and drag it down. And so that just creates a different shape that looks like a different a different pedal from the ones we've created already. So with this highlighted, I am going to go over to the rotate tool, which is also our on your keyboard, and I'm going to ought click in order to change the position of the rotating center, and that also brings up the dialogue box. So instead of choosing a degree, I'm going to divide 360 degrees, which is the full circle divided by I'll say four, And I'm only estimating, um, I'm just based on the size of this pedal, I'm guessing that that will make for a nice flower. So I'm going Teoh Tak copy. And then without tapping anything else yet hold down command D and that will repeat the copies. And so this is another way to create a flower, and we can go over to the Pathfinder tool in select unites you notice to create one shape of this flower. And so the polygon tool. If you once you drag out of shape, you can. If you're still holding the drag, you can use your arrow key to add additional sides or move sides. Okay, so I'm going to go over to direct select again. It happened one of the anchor points and drag it down and then I'll round it. That's kind of interesting. And I'm going to make all of the corners around. I think I want to add a *** point here, so I will tap the plus sign on the keyboard. You can create a point and then go back over to direct select you hold it down and then make it round, single, no selected and then hold down. Shift ought to make that smaller. I select the rotate tool how held down ought and then tap a little lower. I want this to make about five copies, so I'll click copy and then select Command D here. That was too many. Well, you know, that's kind of interesting. So it's fine. I'll leave that as is, and I will use have binder to unite and we'll make one more. Let's make a bud. Um, so we'll create created oval, then go over to you to wreck select. Hold this down, son. I'm gonna zoom. And so with this anchor point selected, I'm going to hold down all its and then move this handle up a little and moved other handle up a little, but I don't really want them. Carollo. So that is a cute little butt. And then I think I will narrow this area some. So I'm pulling in the handle. Okay, We can, I think, for this one. Instead of using the rotate tool, we can simply use the reflects tool since it's meant to be a small. But you can go right, click it and go down to transform. Reflect. It's really subtle, so you can make a copy on the vertical aside and then select the to you go over to unite under the Pathfinder tool, so that makes more a cute little but 8. 8 The Pen Tool: and now for the pin tool. The pencil seems to horrify people, and I was definitely horrified by it initially. But it's really not that bad. I'm definitely not a master edited by. It's not as bad as it seems, and I'll just demonstrate how to make some very basic shapes using the pencil with the pencil selected, you can also select P on your keyboard can create a straight line by just clicking. Then you see that little circle that appears that told you that you're about to close the shape, so that's pretty easy, right? And then you can create curved lines by clicking and then clicking the second spot and dragging quick again click and drag, and then you can meet the points so this could be one pedal. Make this a little smaller, can then use any of the previous tools to build on this flower, or we can create a full shape. But first we can use the real Tate total soon over to the real Taito like faults, and then look here well say 360 degrees to ride it by five that copy and command e slut tomorrow and then unite them. So that's that's an easy way to use a pencil. Um, you can also create this shape using only the pencil. Then we can click the second point and drag in order to prevent it from making a funky shape. The next time we just go back to the last point we created Click on that and then click a new point and drag click on the previous point. Look a new point and drag quick on the previous point, the last point and then drag. Okay, and so that creates a shape as well. And once we asked, insurance it a little more like a flower, so just practice the click and drag. You do not have to be intimidated by the pencil, Um, and just keep it simple in the beginning. This is not a very confident, complex shape at all, and another point is that you can always make adjustments after you created the shake. So right here I might want this to go in a little more. So with the shape selected, I can tap a on my keyboard for the direct select soul, and then Aiken doesn't top on this anchor that I would like to change and then move the handle. So in that way, the pencil is a little forgiving because you can still go back and make adjustments. 9. 9 Creating Centers: and now I can show you how to add sensors if you wish. And there are a few different ways that you can create the shapes. You can use the shape builder tools to create, like a little oval or or a circle. You can use the blob brush tool and create just a little funky circle or oval. And then you can always make adjustments by, for instance, selecting it and then going up to effect, distort and transform in. For instance, you could have roughing it up. Let's think preview and smooth and usually just double click. And so that just makes it a look a little different so that it's not a perfect circle. I would select it and then go up to object, expand so that it's unedited will shape again, and I would make a copy of this holding on the AKI, just bringing it to the center. Then I would do the same thing for the other shapes. Here it's arrange it in a way that looks right to you and looking at this one, I think it would look nice if it's went in a little here, so I'm going to make that adjustment, maybe a little too far. And then I think it's good to keep it a different color. It's just so that you can see that it's on top. So I'm going to take this one and put it on top of the darkest flower and make this a little smaller. Your turn it a little. Okay, now I'm going to select all of flowers and hold down shift command open bracket, and that sends them all to the back just to make sure you can also right click them, go down to arrange and sends it back. This for some reason, even when they appear to be on the top. For some reason, it doesn't always. Pathfinder doesn't always acknowledged that, so I'm going to bring the sensors to the front, then just select both the flower and the center and then go up to minus front in your path finder tool. And this one can't really tell because the sensor is white, so I will show you. So now you can see that this center was taken out so minus front removes the shape that's in the front. If you do not have your Pathfinder tool on the side. You can go up to window and then scroll down to Pathfinder. Okay, so we'll just do this for all of them, minus front and minus front if you want, But there to be a different color other than your background in the back, you can always make that adjustment as well. Let's just copy all of these and just create a weird color. Doesn't have it really Doesn't matter what color I was like pink. Okay, some With all of the pink sensors elected, I'll send them to the back and then group them. And that way the color and the sensor can be different from your background color. 10. 10 Leaf & Stem Configurations: Now let us move on to creating a stem and leaf. And as I mentioned at the beginning of the class, I only create one stem shape on one leak shape. And then that way, even if they have different configurations, it'll still at some level of consistency in the pattern. Since the ditzy pattern is already so busy, I think it just helps tohave some sort of consistent shape in it. So, as you can see, I just used the rounded rectangle tool and the lips tool to create these two shapes, and we don't want it to remain exactly this way. So what I normally do is go Teoh, direct, select and just pull it out in different places. Kind of make it look a little more like a Stan. Another thing I could do was add a few points along the side in various places and then use direct select Teoh. Make some minor adjustments, and it's really subtle by I am. I think it makes a difference. You can also select an anchor point and just use your Errol tool and nudge them in. So I think that is sufficient. It looks a little more like a stem to me and then I do the same thing with I believe Get up there. If you want to remove a sensor to create a vein in the leaf, you can create a really then triangle. It's very goes a different color. Then maybe center it, select them both and then go to minus front. And so that can create what looks like a vein you can also at smaller ones, they don't have to be perfect shapes. I think I will near on this a little. - You can select them. Transform what? Happy and moving all the city of her side and then minus front again. And so that could create a somewhat more realistic looking police. That that is your preference I'm going to move. This point is, I don't want my toe look that way. But once you have your stem and your leaf, then you can create the configurations. It's gonna move this one over, and I'm going to select filter these and copy them to create the first configuration. So I'm going to select them both. Make them a little smaller. You've been transformed, reflects, and it's really just a simple, a sad you're just making well leaves and the stands. You can select everything. Hold on ALTs for your next configuration. And you might want to add another leaf on one side. Make it a little smaller. Um, you might want Teoh change this size as well you can that are higher. Then once you're done, I would select them all. And you can unite them if there's overlap. Like in this case, only those two are going to unite. These won't at all, but I can group the select them and the type command G on the keyboard. Great. Okay, so here we have our stem and leave configurations. And so now we can create the flowers that will use to create our brushes that will make our flowers look more lively in the pattern. 11. 11 Creating Motif Brushes: after you've created thes shapes in whichever way works best for, you know, we can combine our flowers with our leaf instant configurations. So I'm just gonna copy these for by holding down the awlaki. You do not have to have four of each. If you want to use one multiform, then that's perfectly fine. Um, I just wanted to create multiple ones because that's what I was inspired by. With this particular project, I'm only using to flower heads and to buzz for the four lead configurations. So what? I'll do his copy these and then I might arrange them a little differently. Once you have them arranged, you can select and group them. The color doesn't really matter. We can. You can change that later. Now you can change the color, since this is a silhouette pattern and the goal this is simply used two different colors. I would simply make them all the same color, and then the background would be a different color. But if you want to use more than one color, that's that's up to you. So we have our final four flowers and stems, and we have a final four smaller buds or instance, and so now we're going to create multi brushes so that they don't look so static or stiff, but they can look more lively. Um, once we have the brushes so you can select your first flower, go over to your brush tool. If it is not on the side, you can go up to window and then scroll down to brushes. I would click on this new brush option, and I was select the art brush. The college graphic brush is typically for for line variations. Um, the scatter brush literally scattered the motifs, which we don't want right now, the bristle brush it creates marks similar to of an on actual art Russian bristle, which wouldn't help us right now, either. And then the pattern brush creates a series of multi for you, which is not what we want either. So we're going to select the art brush cook. Okay, I changed the orientation two stroke from bottom to top colorization method at she's Hugh ship. That way you can make it whatever color you want the with, I keep it fixed, scale proportionately, and then you can name it. It's OK and it appears in your brushes panel. So then you can go to your next one. It's left Arte Brush. Click OK, scale proportionately switched the direction. Use it okay, and then you just do the same for all of your flowers. And when you're creating the brush or when you're using the brush, you can select what's brush you want, and you can go over to the paint brush. Tool the pin tool or the pencil tool in order to create your brush. What the brushes dio. It helps us create a more realistic looking flower or a dancing little flower. Using the pencil, you can tap to create an anger and then tap again, but drag to create a curved line. Type B on your keyboard to get out of that and then select the flower. So again you're creating anchor point with the tap like and drag. You can click and direct twice. If you want Type B on your keyboard, we'll go up to direct on or go up to the selection soul to release that and then apply the flower and the same holds true with the pencil tool. You create line and then apply the flower. But do be mindful of things like this, unless you want the flowers look that way. Sometimes the deep curves can create funky shapes. I think it appears toe happen a little less when you use the paint brush tool cause these air kind of these have deep curves. And, um, the pedals aren't as sharp as they are with the pencil tool. So I would say Play around with the different tools to create your brushes and and then, once you finished creating all the brushes in orderto work on them in your patterns, watch file. You can go up to your brush menu, scroll down to save brush library name the brush file and usually illustrated will defaults to your illustrator brushes file. Which, as you can see, it's in your personal library application. Support adobe, whatever version of Adobe Illustrator you have and then brushes. Or you can simply save it to your desktop. Whatever works for you, it will be in a brush file format, and then you can click Save. I'm not going to because I already created my brushes, Um, but that way you will have access to your brushes in whatever foul your work again. Oh, We just created multi eaves using the blob brush, tool shaped builder, tool, rotate and pencil. Then we created sensors for them. We created stem and leave configurations, made our little multi flowers and then may brushes out of them. And so now in the next video, we will begin to actually put the patterns wash together. 12. 12 Creating the Pattern: Now we can create an art board for our final pattern. I shows the name of mine. Floral silhouettes did see pattern. It has a width and a height of 200 pixels. I only need one art board in the advanced options. I'm leaving RGB color and ah, high raster affects of 300 peopie I Once your art board appears, I was suggests going up to file save to save it in your folder. The next thing I normally do is to go over to you the swatches panel and select all unused and drag them into the trash can. And then I go over to stroke and I removed that. If you want to use a limited color palette, here are a few options that I've come up with. You can use whatever holders you choose, but I just wanted to offer you some options. I usually delete all of the brushes that I can from my brush panel. Just hold downshifts and select the model and drag them into the trash. Those two will always remain there. Now you can go to your brush menu and scroll down to open brush library, the user defined and there, you can find the brushes that you save. They open up in a new dialog box, and you can simply click on the ones you want to use. I have some that I had created earlier, so I don't want to select those. So I'm just scrolling down and tapping on the ones that I would like to use for this pattern. Using the pencil tool, I'm going to create random marks over my keyboard. They're going to be curves and kind of just flowing into one another. The color of your line doesn't really matter. I would choose to slept, some that are going past the art board and some that are above the art board. As you can see, you just want them to con adjusts, flow in and around each other. I'm focusing on the top of the art board and the left side of the art board. For now. Now I'm going to select Politan it lines, and then I'll go over to the brush tool and apply one of the brushes to those lines. You know, keep repeating this process, applying different brushes, two different sets of lines in order to have some variation in the motifs. But again, if you want to use simply one multi, that's perfectly fine. You may want to you alter these stroke with. Once you settle on your art brush shapes, you can select the mall and then go up to object, expand or object. Expand appearance. Whichever one is not great out for you, a place to my color groups on a different layer in order to get them out of the way. But at this point, you may want to use select which colors you're going to use, and then go over to your color palette and create a new color group. At this point, you can select all of your motifs and then a sign, one of the colors to them. I'm also going to add the background center and get on the art board. Let's in the color, and it's already in the background. If yours isn't, you can right click, go to arrange since it back, or you can hold down shift close bracket on your keyboard. So now I'm just moving the multi surround, and this is where it gets really customized. This is where you pretty much just create, based on your own intuition. The only rule again is to have the Maltese going in multiple directions because most most did see Prince are made that way, where you can basically used the fabric in whichever direction is necessary. And that dates back to the 19 twenties, when there was a need. Teoh use less fabric and to just get to make the most out of the resource is they have access to at that time. So, um, that is just one of the characteristics of this pattern. So we want the Maltese to go in every which direction, but we also want it to look cohesive. Another tip. When arranging your multi it's is to make sure the edge it doesn't have, like a straight line of motifs. You want theme? Lt's to stick out to defer to varying degrees. Aziz, you can see like in the middle, there's one that's sticking all the way out. The stem is all the way out. And then, um, the 2nd 1 from the top is barely over the edge. And so you want that variation so that the the repeat is a little less visible to the viewer to create the repeat I'm selecting all of the top multi eaves. I'm copy of them with command. See pacing them to the back command be and then I'm going to go to my transform panel and add 200 to the Y axis. I'm going to do the same thing for the x axis, select copy paste and then at 200 pixels using the pencil tool. I'm starting the process again of creating marks that this time in the center of the patterns watch. I'm just drawing more curved lines that hug the other floral elements. One thing I would suggest that this point, though, is for you to select the existing built eaves and locked them by typing command to on your keyboard. And that way, when you expand the new multi gives, you won't catch the old ones In that expansion. I've applied the brushes to those pencil lines, and this is the part that I was suggesting you do earlier is to select the existing multi eaves that had already been expanding and locked those in this area. I'm noticing that some of the pedals are too pointy, so I'm using the direct select Tool and the delete anchor point tool to make changes to those small tips. Now I'm selecting all of those brushes, and I'm going upto object, expand appearance, and I use the eye dropper to sample that color so that all of the motifs are now the same color. At this point, I'm duplicating the multi. It's in the way that we did for the brushes by selecting the mill teeth and then floating down ALTs to make a duplication, I'm going Teoh, arrange the motives in a way that seemed more harmonious. So this stage is just It's all a matter of just tweaking it to make sure that there aren't any deep grooves or lines that are created by the negative space. And so one way to prevent that from happening is to look at the pattern selection with your eyes squinted, and then that way it will help you see whether or not there are any huge gaps for any. You need noticeable lines that you don't want to create. If you add any elements along the edges, just make sure you do as we did before and copy and paste them and then create duplicates on the opposite side before testing our pattern. We want to create a bounding box so that we can communicates Illustrator, where we want the pattern to start and stop. So select your background copy it pays to back command. Be then create a nose feel and no stroke. Now you can select everything and drag it into your swatches panel. Now I'm just zooming out so that I can create a shape and fill it with the new pattern. So this is my first look at the pattern, and I see some areas that need some additional tweaking. So I'm going to work on that. Something that I forgot to mention is that whenever I'm moving around motifs, I usually lock my background color and the bounding box. I do this by going over to the edge, selecting them both and then typing command to on my keyboard. And then I unlock them before pulling the swatch and see the swatches panel by typing in all its command to on my keyboard. This prevents them from shifting while I'm making changes. If you need to move edge elements, you can do so by selecting both sides and then using the arrow keys to nudge them in whichever direction you need to match them. It's also helpful to prevent too many stems or flower heads from being clustered in the same area. So right here I've noticed that that stem was just a little off in that area, so I ended up duplicating one of the other flowers and turning it in the opposite direction . And it helps to periodically pause and take a look at the pattern. Give it the squinty eye test and just see where you're at and where you may need to make adjustments. It may take a few tries to tweak the elements to your liking, but once you're done, just select everything and drag the swatch into the swatches panel. If you're satisfied with the pattern, I would suggest zooming in to make sure that all of the elements are copied on all of the sides. You can also right click and select, transform and spree Scallon. You want to only transform the up the pattern, not the objects, and you can try a different personages and then click OK. You can also test out how it will look inverted so you can go up to the re color artwork soul and switch the colors to see how that might look and remember, it's you save your file if you haven't already done so. 13. 13 Saving a Pattern Swatch: when saving your patterns watch. You can do this a few different ways. If the original elements are still on the art board, you can simply go up to file export as just name it. You can say that as a PNG or a J peg, that's up to you. The P and G's a larger files. The J pegs are compressed files. In this case, there's only one art board, so I'm leaving, all checked. But make sure you have used art boards checked because this will exclude the multi ive elements that are extended beyond the art board like export, and you'll see this dialog box of here. I usually select arts optimized in order to prevent those thin lines from a caring which sometimes happens, but I select are optimized. My resolution varies, so I'll leave this at 1 50 For now. It will depends on the manner in which you'll be using the pattern and then click. OK, and then you can go to the folder that were you saved your pattern double click it, and so once the file opens, you just want to look it over this will. This is a seamless pattern because the elements that are on top will match what's on the bottom and on either side, and we know this for sure, because we saved it from the original Swatch. Another way to create a swatch is to create a new art board. It's make this one 400 by 400 pixels right now is the pattern. But I am going Teoh Select V on my art board to go to the selection tool. And when a copy this square pasted to the back control be and then and then I'll go up to objects are boards. Convert to our board in that place is in our board behind this patterns. Watch, as you can see here I chose in our board. That's 400 by 400 pixels because it is twice the size of the original art board, which means the pattern will likely be seamless as well. So I am going to check that by selecting the pattern than holding out Alz and driving it over, making sure intersex and as you can see, the flowers meat, which makes it seamless. You can also check the top and bottom, select them both by holding down the shift key and then hold down all and dry. When you do, man, you can't tell where once were ends or begins unless you hover over them. So this is also a seamless watch, and you can save it the same way to file export export abs and just follow the same steps as before. The difference between these two is that this is a feel from the swatches panel, and there aren't in the elements extending beyond the art board. But with this one, this is the original Swatch, so the elements are extending beyond it, and they're still edits herbal, whereas this is just a feel, so you can't really change anything unless you change this and then drag. The new pattern into this watch is foul, and you can select which art board you want. Teoh save The difference here is that it saves it at a lower resolution. If you're saving it for the Internet, you can go to export export for screenings so that it will be ready to upload on the Internet without taking too much sign. After you select the one or both art boards to save, you would export it to a specific voter by clicking on this icon and then choosing a voter where you want to save it. I'm going to cancel that, though, and then you can all to the format. You could save it as a PNG as a J Peg STG or PdF, and then you'll click on Export our board. 14. 14 Final Words: thank you for completing this class. I hope you gain some new skills and had an enjoyable time in the process. I will be happy to answer questions. You might have just post questions or comments in the discussion section of a little, and I will answer as soon as I can. Anyone is welcome to respond to discussion posts. Also, if you're not a fan of floor multi eaves or would simply like to see how we did see pattern is made using your metric motives, be sure to check out the bonus video below until next time. Be well and remember to embrace and express your creativity. 15. 15 Bonus:Geometric Ditsy Print Speed Replay: