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Design a Pattern Collection: Streamline Your Workflow Using Adobe Draw and Illustrator

Maja Faber, Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator

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12 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Intro

      2:07
    • 2. Your Project

      0:23
    • 3. The Process

      5:32
    • 4. Plan Your Collection

      4:32
    • 5. Ideas and Theme

      5:37
    • 6. Draw the Motifs

      5:54
    • 7. Build the Collection

      6:37
    • 8. Color Palette

      3:22
    • 9. Names and Description

      2:03
    • 10. Save the Files

      4:03
    • 11. Mockups

      0:54
    • 12. Thank You

      0:55
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About This Class

Learn how to design a pattern collection and streamline your workflow using your iPad to draw and Adobe Illustrator to create patterns, in this class by Maja Faber (previously Rönnbäck).

NOTE: Since this class was released Adobe has stopped to update the app Adobe Draw as their new app Adobe Fresco is released. Fresco basically bring you all of the features of Adobe Draw and then some. I've published a class here on Skillshare that takes you through the workflow of sketching motives in Adobe Fresco, that you could have a look at instead of lesson 6 in this class (Draw the Motifs) you'll find it here: https://skl.sh/30ZMQXf

To make collections can be quite a large project and to succeed you need to have a workflow that works for you. In this class Maja will teach you the process that she uses when she create pattern collections and hopefully you can use this to streamline your workflow and simplify your process when creating collections.

Pattern collections are basically a set of coordinating patterns, which can be used on products that you would like to mix and match - such as fabrics, home decor, stationery, apparel and much more. The skill of making collections is useful if you either work professionally with pattern design - as it’s a standard for some markets to license whole collections, or if you want to make products for yourself that mix and match well together.

This class is for you who already know how to build a repeat pattern and wants to learn how to create a cohesive and well balanced pattern collection or for you who already know how to make pattern collections but want to improve your process and streamline your workflow.

You will learn how to decide a theme and plan your collection, what a collection should include and the workflow of drawing your motifs and build your collection. The class covers color choices, how to name the patterns, save the files and finally make some mockups to showcase your new collection.

By the end of this class you will be able to create a cohesive and well balanced pattern collection of your own by following the process that you’ll learn in this class.

Adobe draw and Adobe Illustrator is used in this class and to be able to keep up, you need to have basic understanding of at least Adobe Illustrator.

Be sure to share your project here in class and if you share your project on Instagram feel free to tag @maja_faber

Transcripts

1. Intro: I'm Maja Ronnback and I'm a surface pattern designer based in Stockholm, Sweden. In this class, you will learn all about how to design a pattern collection and how to streamline your workflow using an Adobe Draw and Adobe Illustrator. Petal collections are basically a set of coordinating patterns which can be used on products that you would like to mix and match, such as fabrics, home decor, stationary, apparel, and much more. The skill of making collections is useful if you either work professionally with pattern design, as it's a standard for some markets to license whole collections or if you want to make products for yourself to mix and match well together. In this class, I will teach you the process that I use when I make pattern collections. Hopefully, you can use this to streamline your workflow and simplify your process when creating collections. You will learn how to decide a theme and plan your collection, what a collection should include, and the workflow of drawing your motifs and build your collection. We will go through color choices, how to name pattern, save the files, and finally, make some markups to showcase your new collection. By the end of this class, you will be able to create your own pattern collection by using this process that I teach you. This class is for you who already know how to build a repeat pattern and wants to learn how to create a cohesive and well-balanced pattern collection or for you who already know how to make pattern collections that want to improve your process and streamline your workflow. I use Adobe Draw and Adobe Illustrator in this class and to be able to keep up, I would say that you need to have a basic understanding of at least Adobe Illustrator. 2. Your Project: The project in this class, is to create your own pattern collection with a minimum of six designs. Feel free to share your work in progress as well as you can update your uploaded project here on Skillshare at any time. You don't need to have a finished project to share it. I'm so excited to see what you create. Let's get started. 3. The Process: Let's start with looking at the process. This class is built up with the same structure as the process that I use when I make pattern collections. Having a process to follow makes my workflow feel smoother and easier and I will teach you this step-by-step in this class. Hopefully, this can bring you some clarity in your workflow, keep you moving forward, and make sure that you will reach the finish line and we'll end up to create a whole, and cohesive, and well-balanced pattern collection. For me, I need to have two things in order to be able to create the whole pattern collection. As making collections can feel like a large project to start with, I need to have a functioning process and I need to have the right mindset when I create. Let's start with how my process looks like. If my process suits your style and how you like to work, feel free to just follow it to the point. I've even included a checklist as a resource in this class so that you have a plan to follow that will keep you on the right track. If you'd like to do something different and change something, then just do that and start to tailor a process that works for you. In this lesson, we will look at the full picture of the process, and then we will break it down step by step in each lesson. This is how my process looks like. First, I gather inspiration, I set a theme for the collection, and I come up with a bunch of ideas to be able to start with my collection. Then I let my ideas and my theme rest for a bit. Sometimes I pause for a day or two, and sometimes it's enough to just take a walk for an hour to let the ideas settle. Next step is drawing. I draw my motives on my iPad. Some motives are sketched with pen and paper first, but some motives I draw directly in my iPad in the App, Adobe draw. If you don't have an iPad, you can still follow along in the class and just draw your motives in the illustrator. Next step is to move on to Illustrator, where I create the repeats and build the collection. Next step is colors. I work with colors throughout my process and I constantly experiment and try out colors when I make the patterns and build a collection. But I take a final decision of the color palette when I'm finished with the whole collection of patterns. When I feel finished and happy with the whole collection, including the color choice, I'll rest a bit once again. Usually this is also for a day or two and then I can go over the collection as a whole again with fresh eyes to see if I'm happy with it or if I want to make some final changes. When I'm finished with the whole collection, I decide names for the patterns as well as for the whole collection. I also usually write down a short description of my inspiration of the collection and sometimes it turns out more as a story. After this, I finalize the files and make sure that everything is ready to be able to send the files to clients or to print them. The last step in my process, is that I make a few mock-ups when I made a new collection. I feel that is a great way to showcase my work and visualize how my artwork will look on a certain product. This is both for myself and for future possible clients. That is my full process from start to finish when making a pattern collection. Now that we know how the process will look, let's talk a little bit about the second thing that I need to have in order to be able to make a pattern collection and that is the right mindset. What I mean with the right mindset is that I need to look at my process as dynamic and flexible. I believe that the process of making a collection will be much easier if you allow it to be flexible, creative process where there's a lot of room for experimentations and mistakes. I think that a common thought when you're a beginner is that the ones who are professional don't make any mistakes at all. That they have everything structured and tidy, and that they make everything perfect from the start. That's not the case. Creative processes are often a bit messy and for me it's to experiment that is a huge part of the fun when I create. This might be obvious to some of you, but I think it's a good reminder to yourself once in a while that you are allowed to make patterns that you don't like and won't include in your collection and you're allowed to experiment, to go back and forward in your process and you're actually allowed to create however you like. People will see your result usually not the process, except the pieces of the process that you might choose to share. In this class though, I will show you the behind the scenes of my process and earlier drawings, the patterns that didn't make it to the final cut, and even my messy workspace in illustrator. I hope that this will inspire you to let go of the pressure of perfection that you might have on your creativity and makes it easier to create a workflow that works for you. Let's move on and head over to the next lesson where we will get down to business with what a pattern collection should include and some guidelines to follow. 4. Plan Your Collection: Let's start to plan our collections. This lesson covers some guidelines that are good to have in mind when starting the process of making a pattern collection. A collection include multiple patterns, anything between six to 15 prints. Six patterns would be considered a mini collection, and 15 are considered a very big collection. I would say that if you're new to working with collections, then start with the mini collection, and then work your way up as you get more comfortable with the workflow. I usually aim for 10 to 15 patterns in my collections. A family of coordinating prints. Hero, secondary and blender. The most common way to create collections is to create one or two hero prints, and the rest are coordinating prints that support the hero print. The coordinating prints are often divided into secondary prints and blender prints. The hero print is usually busier, printed in larger scale, and have all or most of the colors in the color palette. Secondary prints are a little bit calmer, and often have less colors than the hero print. But there's still some things happening. Blender prints are the simplest ones with often just two or three colors, and simple motifs that often are repeated in a simpler way. Let's have a look at some prints from my fabric collection Garden Laurie. This is the hero print, there are a lot of things happening, a lot of movement, and on this one, I've used all of the colors in the color palette for this collection. These would be considered as the secondary prints, there's a little less things happening and fewer colors, and these are the blender prints, simpler but the motifs do repeat, and here I also use two colors. Basically, you want to have a hero print that is the star, and the coordinating prints should both support the star and also helped to bring balance to the collection. If you look at this little pouch as an example, the hero print is on the outside, and the lining is a blender print to balance out the busy look of the hero print. Here is another example with a secondary print and a blender print. When I start to plan a collection, I have in mind that I will make one or two busy patterns, and a few really simple ones, and some in the middle. You want a balanced mix of busy and calm, complex and simple, and you want to make a family of patterns that mix and match well together. Next thing is the color palette. For me, one of the most important parts, to hold a collection together is the color pallet. To be able to create a cohesive collection that is still varied enough to be interesting, I found that I usually use about eight colors at the minimum, and about 18 at the maximum. I wouldn't say that there's a perfect amount of colors to use, it all depends on your style and the motifs you draw. But as a guideline, if you choose too few colors, it might be harder to pull a whole collection together, as there might be two little variety amongst the prints to make the collection balanced and interesting, and if you choose too many colors, the collection might not feel that cohesive. As I made a whole class about colors, I won't dive deep in choosing color palettes in this class, but you can have a look at my class, mastering colors in pattern design via Skillshare, to learn more about my process of working with color palettes. The color palette that I use in this class when I draw my motifs is actually based on the palette that I made in the class about colors, with inspiration from a trip to India. I then later on in the process, change that pallet and I'll show you why and how I change it later on in this class, so that was some guidelines that you need to have in mind when you start out your collection making process. Let's move on to the next lesson where we will actually start the process by coming up with ideas, decide a theme, and gather inspiration. 5. Ideas and Theme: Let's start with how to come up with ideas for collections, decide on a theme and work with inspiration that you gather. As with most things with pattern design and just design in general, there are many ways of doing this. In this lesson, I will show you the way I do it. It's not about making this the right way, it's about making it your way, the way that works for you. I would say that my process is a mix of both planning and spontaneous. I make loose plans for my collections, and then I keep my process really flexible and go with the flow and let the design develop, as I create. Let's start with how to decide the theme for your collection. In my experience, you sometimes have loads of ideas just coming your way and sometimes you need more actively to search for ideas. I usually gather inspiration and ideas from all kinds of new experiences and the world around me all the time. I found that I created my best collections when I have a lot of inspiration to choose from within a theme. For example, after I traveled somewhere and had a bunch of new experiences on that trip. If I go on a trip, I don't need to have a plan from the start that I will make a collection from that experience. I just take in impressions and I have it as a habit to take snapshots with my phone of things that inspire me. I then later on can come up with a theme that are based on a certain experience or impressions. I look at my snapshots as a reminder and I start to build up the ideas for collection from that. But I also create collections where I decided on a theme and more actively search for inspiration. Say that I, for example, want to make a Christmas inspired collection. Then I start to search for inspiration, either digital or analog, or both ways until I gather enough to create the whole collection. How do you know that you have enough inspiration or ideas to create a whole pattern collection? Well, maybe you can't know for sure and you know what, it's okay if you don't have enough ideas. You can always go back to the inspiration step and gather more inspiration and ideas. One little tip that I have to come up with a theme is to think about some common things that surrounds you. If you recently experienced something new like a trip somewhere, then that's a great way to start a theme. If you feel blank, then think about a wide common theme. For example, florals, geometrics, seasons, food, city life, country life, animals jungle, tropical, Christmas, or which ever common theme you can come up with. That way you can start to search for inspiration with a wider theme so that you're moving forward in the process and don't stand still just because you can't seem to decide on a theme. Find a bunch of inspiration on your really wide theme. You could, for example, just use Pinterest for this, and then you can narrow it down. For example, say that you picked tropical summer as a theme, you start to look for inspiration. While you do that, you find that your ideas are flowing when it comes to beach life, but not as much when it comes to tropical flowers and leaves. Both of these can be seen as more narrowed themes than the starting one, tropical summers. Then you can go with the flow and narrow down your theme to beach life and continue to gather inspiration until you feel that your ideas are flowing within your beach life theme, and you gather enough inspiration to move on to the drawing step. In this class, you will get to follow along as I create my latest pattern collection into the wild. This collection is inspired by a trip to India that I went on recently. The trip was full with new experiences and I was filled with impressions and inspiration when I got back home again. I've chosen the theme tiger safari, as I actually went on a tiger safari in a national park in India and saw a wild tiger for the first time in my life. I already gather a bunch of inspiration by experiencing new things on my trip. I usually don't do mood board where I gather images and put together on a mood board. But I do look at photos that either I've taken or that I google or find on Pinterest. I also write down some words that I want to include in my theme so that I can refer back to the words if I'm out of ideas or patterns later on in the process. With this collection, I write down words like tiger safari, jungles drives, peacock, palm trees, forests, tropical flowers, mountain tops, green lush, dense vegetation, monkey temple and lake. I let that theme develop along the creative process and I see my theme and inspiration more as guidelines, then a complete plan for the collection. Now that we talked about working with inspiration, ideas and themes, let's head over to the next lesson where we will start to actually draw up our motives and imagine how the repeat would look. 6. Draw the Motifs: When we have our theme set and have gathered inspiration and have a bunch of ideas for patterns, let's start the drawing process. I sketch some motifs with pen and paper first and some I just sketch draw directly in Adobe Draw on the iPad Pro. If you don't have an iPad and Adobe Draw, you could use the same technique to just draw up your motifs in Illustrator or draw them by hand and scan them in and use the image trace in Illustrator. There are many techniques to digitize your drawings. I use Adobe draw when I draw my motifs. This is what I will show you in this lesson. I won't go through how to draw on Adobe Draw. As I show you this more in depth in my classroom 'Sketch to Repeat Pattern' here on Skillshare, but I will show you my process here of how I draw for whole collection. I always start with a color palette. I use the technique that I showed you in my class 'Mastering Colors in Pattern Design', where I pick a color palette from inspiration images. This is the color palette that I start with. I usually just draw these little blobs with colors on one art board to get a full look at my palate. Note that this doesn't need to be my final palette, but I like to have a big palette to start with, so that I don't need to choose random colors for every motif that I draw. I also like to envision the repeat while I draw, and if I have a cohesive color palette in this stage, it makes it easier for me to imagine how the pattern might look. When I have my color palette, I start to draw the motifs to the patterns. I use one project, one art board in Adobe Draw for each pattern. Sometimes I start with the hero pattern, but sometimes I actually start with a blender print just to not get stuck creatively. If you feel overwhelmed by starting with the hero pattern, then this is a good little trick. Have your theme and inspiration words in mind and then start to draw and this one actually turned out to become my favorite pattern in this collection in the end. Then I draw another line pattern and this one actually didn't make it to the final cut. I don't think that it's something wrong with it, and I might use it to another collection but for this collection, I didn't feel that it was a good fit. For me it's impossible to know during the process which ones will work and not in the collection. Its all about creating a well-balanced and cohesive collection and I need to see the full picture before I know if I should include a pattern or not. I usually draw the motifs on white backgrounds in Adobe Draw and decide the background color later on in Illustrator. Sometimes though I try out different backgrounds when I draw as well to get the ideas flowing like I did in this first geometric pattern. Let's start with the hero pattern. For the hero pattern, I sketch up some loose tigers with pen and paper first, then I move on to the iPad and start to draw the tigers. I know that I want to have a variation of tigers, so I end up joining three different ones. I have an idea of some kind of jungle, so I start to draw some leaves and plants and then tried to find the right shapes of the plants that suits the style of this pattern. This process is really intuitive and I just go with it and try out what i like and not. For inspiration, I look at photos of plants and leaves from India, and I look at Pinterest and search for jungle leaves. Okay, the hero pattern is coming together. It doesn't need to be finished here. I just want to have a first idea of how it might come together as a repeat. Then we just continue to draw up our patterns. Some patterns that I have a clear idea of how I want them to look, I draw up pretty quickly and others take some more time. I use the same big color palette, but I might include some new colors in a drawing or two. For me, it's all about experimenting with the color palette and the motifs and the drawing stage of the process. When I draw, I have in mind that I will make one or two hero patterns, some secondary patterns and some blender patterns. Draw up as many ideas as you can come up with. In this collection, I draw up 15 ideas for patterns. When I feel that it's enough motifs and ideas to make interesting and well-balanced collection, I continue to Illustrator where we will create the repeats. Just remember that you can always go back to draw more motifs if you feel like adding something to the collection that you didn't think about in this drawing stage of the process. For me, I like to have the whole picture kind of finished before I start to make the repeats but I will still go back and draw motifs again if I need to later in the process. Nothing is fixed, everything is flexible. Okay, so I have drawn 15 art [inaudible] with motifs for patterns. At this stage, I don't know if all of them will work as patterns the way I imagine. Usually I end up throwing some of them away later on in the process. I export my art boards as PDF to create a cloud to be able to work with them in Illustrator. Let's move on to the next step of the process, which is to head over to Illustrator, fix the details of our drawings, try out the motifs and repeats and build the actual patterns. 7. Build the Collection: In this lesson, I will take you through my workflow as I build the collection in Illustrator. I will not cover all of the technical parts of how to create the repeat pattern. But rather, I'll teach you the workflow that you can use to create a cohesive, unbalanced pattern collection. If you want to learn more about the technique of building a Repeat in Illustrator, you could check out my class from sketchy repeat pattern here, Skillshare. I build my collection in one document in Illustrator. That way it's easy to see how the patterns work together as I create them. This is not a file that I share with, for example, clients. It's only for me to keep the whole collection organized in one place so that easily can access all of the patterns. My patterns are typically pretty low in the amount of anchor points, which basically means that my file sizes aren't superhighway and my computer's still handles to work with the file without it being too slow. If you work with a lot of textures and layers and have a lot of anchor points in your patterns. You might not be able to work with all patterns in one file. This also of course, depends on your computers' capacity. Let's start with opening the drawing with my motives for the hero pattern, the tigers. Then I copy that to a new document in Illustrator. I always start with the hero pattern as that is the star of the collection so that I can match it with the other patterns to build up the collection. I always start with fixing the details of the join from Adobe drawer in Illustrator. That when I start to build a repeats, all objects are in order. Basically, what I do here is to make sure that all of the objects are nice and clean and don't include any surprising anchor points and that all drawn parts of an object that is in the same color, it's united. When I'm finished with the cleaning up, I start to build a pattern. I always build my patterns in the pattern tool to start with. It makes my process more efficient and I instantly can see the full picture of the repeat. As you can see, my hero pattern is built up of several motifs and I use a bunch of colors. At this stage, I actually use the color palette that I drawn with as I'm happy with how it looks. Here's a quick look at how my hero panelists built up. All of the objects are carefully placed to create the balanced and interesting pattern where there's a lot of things happening. Some of the objects might look the same, but I've actually drawn them several times to create a little bit more diversity. Some of the objects actually are the same, but I reflected them vertically. The building of the hero pattern usually takes me a day or two. Then I move on to the other patterns. I actually don't make these patterns in any particular order. I just start with one that I feel excited about. During the process of making these patterns, I try out colors and see which one I like the best. Usually, I have several alternatives when it comes to colloids for a pattern. And I decide in the end which one I liked the best and which one works well together to build a cohesive and balanced collection. As you can see, my Swatches panel are filled with different alternatives of the patterns. Usually I used the Recolor Artwork tool and combine it with changing the colors manually to create different versions along the way as I build up my collection. My Swatches panel are also filled with different colors. I keep my options open and my process flexible as I continue to build the repeats and my collection. When I build the patterns, I have in mind that I want to have a nice balance between business and calm. I want to have a nice contrast with some lighter prints, some medium color prints, and some darker prints. I also aim for a difference in scale, and I have that in mind when I build a collection. But as I worked with vectors, I can change the scale very easily by just going to the object transforming scale, and try out different scales and how they work together. When I build my collection, I placed the patterns next to each other to see how they will work together. I go back and forward in the process. I might have finished a pattern, but when I look at that pattern as a part of the whole collection, I might go back and change some details in it. Constantly during the process, I make choices of which patterns and which colors I should include in my collection. As you can see, my workspace in Illustrator is messy. I save patterns all over on the sides in the Swatches panels. I try to narrow it down to the ones I like and those ones I gather in the middle. Now this collection is coming together, so it's time to clean up a little bit. I saved the versions that I like and field work well together. I start doing this by dragging out the switches with the palace that I want to save. Then I delete all of these watches in the sources panel. I also do a clean up color wise in this stage Which means that I go over the colors in all of the patterns and make sure that they are the same. I do this by selecting all of the patterns and Click on Color Group in Swatch panel. I then get a new color group and can easily see if there are any duplicates of colors. If it is, I select all the colors that is the duplicate, and then I colored them to the same color. I do this with all of the colors that are duplicates. Then I make a colleague group of the palace again to see if there are still some duplicates or if it's just the colors that I want to use. Now I made a bunch of patterns that I like, and I narrow it down to 22 patterns here is way too many and I will start to narrow it down even more in the next step of the process, which is to set the final colors of the collection. 8. Color Palette: As I mentioned before, I work with colors during my whole process, when I draw, and when I make the repeats, and build the collection. But I don't set the final colors until I'm finished with all of the repeats. In this collection I like the palette, but I feel that it would be more interesting with a little brighter colors. I start to try out different colors on all of the patterns. Mostly I use the recolor artwork tool, and then I go in manually, and change some colors of the patterns. I try out to change the greens to a more bluish green instead of the forest green, and I want to brighten up the whole collection. I experiment, and try out new colors of the designs. As you can see here, this part of my process is also a little bit messy, and I make many different alternatives of the color ways before I decide on a final one. For some other patterns, I include two, or three colors of that pattern, and the reason is that I feel that it makes the collection balanced, and that it will make a nice mix and match alternative within the collection. This part with choosing colors for the patterns are really intuitive for me. I try to make a well-balanced, and interesting collection by having a variety of background colors, dark, light, and medium. I try to keep some patterns dense, and some more airy. Over and all, I aim for all of the patterns in the new collection to work well separately, as well as mixed with each other. With this specific collection, I have fabric in mind as one of the final products, and I try to imagine how the different patterns will look if you mix and match them as fabric together in a sewing project. For example, a quilt. My tips here is to make many alternatives, and then narrow it down in the end. Keep the process flexible, and dynamic, and continue to experiment. You might need to go back and forward to change the color ways of the different patterns to make them work well together until you end up with a result that you're happy with. As I have fabric in mind, I changed the color palette to Pantone colors in this collection, just to make sure that the colors will print as I wanted them to print. This is not a necessary step, but all you can just keep the colors in CMYK. But for me it's a nice way to imagine how this collection will look on fabric. Now this collection is coming together really nicely, I've narrowed it down to 15 patterns, and I'm really happy with the result. What you should aim for here is a well-balanced collection, where the business meets the calm, and there's a difference in contrast scale, and colors. I talk a lot more about colors in my class Mastering Colors in Pattern Design here on Skillshare. If you want to know more about working with colors in pattern design, check that out. That's it, the collection is finished, and I'm really happy with how it looks. Let's head over to the next lesson, where we will name the patterns,and the collection, and write a short description of the collection. 9. Names and Description: Now we will name the patterns and the collection. I named both my collections and my patterns with numbers and names. The numbers are only for my purpose to be able to organize and find my patterns in my folders. We'll take a closer look at the numbers in the next lesson. Let's focus on the names here. I give name to my patterns to bring life to them. As English is my secondary language, and I work internationally, I must admit that I sometimes have a hard time to come up with names for my patterns in English, but as with everything else in my design, I try to just keep it simple. Some of the patterns in this collection, I name to what they actually are. For example, peacock and tiger forest. Some of the patterns that are a little bit more abstract to name, I've named after tigers in Indian national parks, for example, machali and mala. The pattern collection, I name Into the Wild as it reflects the feeling of my whole tiger safari experience, that is the inspiration for this whole collection. I also write a short little description on the collection and the inspiration behind it. Sometimes it end up more as a story and sometimes it's just an explanation of the inspiration. For this collection, I write; Into the Wild is inspired by the tropical beauty of a jungle filled with tigers and lush green vegetation. It's a tribute to wildlife and nature and the tiger as the queen of the jungle. That's it. Now that we have everything in order with the design and the names of the collection, let's finish up by saving our files and then at last, creates some mock-ups. 10. Save the Files: Our collection is finished and it's time to save and organize files. As I mentioned before, this document in Illustrator that I created a whole collection is only for me to use. I also save separate files of each pattern. I save the collection file, just as it is with the patterns as "swatches" as well as drag out on the art board and also filled squares with the pattern. When I'm working on it, its named 1903 Collection, 19 is the year and 03 is the collection number. Now, that I named the collection, I'll change the name to 1903 into the Wild Collection. Then I make a single file of every pattern. I showed this in detail in my class from sketch to repeat pattern, here on Skillshare. I'll just do a really quick recap here. I make a new document that is the same size as my patterns swatch, then I copy one of my patterns and paste them in my new document. I name my first layer to original. To get a perfect square, I make a clipping mask by copying in the background and paste it on top. Then I select all angle to clipping mask make. I align the square to my art board and then I duplicate my layer and name my new layer to clipping mask. Then I duplicate the clipping mask layer and name the new layer merged. I go to pathfinder, select my pattern that is in the clipping mask and click on merge. Then I go back to my original layer, select my patterns swatch, release the clipping mask, and then I delete the square without fill or line. This is my original swatch and I drag that in the swatches panel to make a pattern. Then I go back to my merged layer and I've dragged in that swatch also. Now I have one pattern swatch that are my original layer and one patterns swatch that are my merged pattern. I make a square and fill it with my patterns swatch just to see if everything looks good and it does. Then I go to swatch option and rename the patterns swatches to original and merged. You don't need to make both of these patterns watches, but I think it's handy to have them both. The last thing I do is that I make a Color Group. I select my pattern and click on Color Group in the swatches panel. After this, I save this file and I name the pattern to 190301 tiger forests, and my name, 19 being the year, 03 being the collection number, 01 being the pattern number, then the name of the pattern and my name. This way I have one file with all of the patterns in the collection and I also have a separate file for every pattern. I do all of this organizing directly when I'm finished making a pattern collection. It saves me both time and energy later on. I know where I have my files. I can find them both by name and number, and they are practically ready to print. Now that we have everything organized, let's head over to the final step that I take when I make a pattern collection, making a few mock-ups. 11. Mockups: We reached the very last step. When I'm finished making a collection, I usually make a few mockups. The purpose is to showcase my artwork so that it's easier for both me and possible clients to visualize my patents on products. I have a large library of mockup templates that I gathered throughout the years. I both use ready made mockups and I make my own mockups from photos. I have a whole classroom of Skillshare about mockups, so I won't take in on any technical details about making mockups in this class. I just wanted to mention that mockups are a great way to showcase your artwork. Usually I make a few different mockups of each collection. It all depends on which product I visualized for that certain collection. 12. Thank You: That is it. We have finished making a whole pattern collection from learning the process of how you can work with pattern collections to working with a theme, drawing, and building that collection. I hope that you enjoyed this class. Thank you so much for watching. Make sure that you share your class project. I would love to see what you create. If you share a project on Instagram, feel free to tag me, majaroonbackdesign. If you have any questions at all, please ask them on the community page here in class. If you liked this class, you can hit the "Follow" button by my name, here below, to make sure that you don't miss out on my future classes. If you enjoyed this class, feel free to leave a review here below to let me know. Thanks again for joining me, and have fun creating.