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Designing on the Go with the iPad Pro - Creating Repeating Patterns

teacher avatar Samantha Wilson, Illustrator & Fiber Artist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Create your Pattern

    • 3. Pattern to Scrapbook Paper

    • 4. Pattern Trouble-Shooting

    • 5. Bonus: Swatch in Adobe Illustrator

    • 6. Class Project - Create a Pattern

    • 7. Thank You

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About This Class

Ready to continue learning to Design on the Go with the iPad Pro? Welcome to our mini class - Creating Repeating Patterns!

In this class, I will you show you how to create fun repeat patterns directly on your iPad Pro! These designs can be used to create swatches in adobe illustrator, backgrounds for websites, placed on products for sale, etc. The applications for patterns is endless! 

We will be using the app Graphic which is a full featured graphic design and illustration app. If you are not familiar with this program, I teach a class series (links below) Graphic 101-104 that will walk you through this awesome app!

Hey Hey: New mini classes coming soon!! Stay tuned!!


Suggested Prerequisite Classes:

Graphic 101

Graphic 102

Graphic 103

Graphic 104

Necessary Hardware & Software:

iPad Pro (or any iPad!)
Apple Pencil (optional)
Graphic App

So what are you waiting for? Click the enroll link and I look forward to seeing everyone in class!

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Samantha Wilson

Illustrator & Fiber Artist


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Samantha Wilson is a Hand Letterer, Calligrapher & Illustrator living in East Texas with her Hubby, Daughter & 3 Pups. The sole designer behind Oh So Illustrating, Samantha spends her days adding doodles and lettering on everything using ink, graphite, paint and digitally with a stylus! She aims to spread love, happiness and humor through her designs worldwide!

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome back to the designing on the go with the I've had Pro Series this class, we are going to learn how to create repeating patterns. I know a lot of you have been super excited about this topic, so I'm excited to show it to you. Patterns can be used in so many different ways. I'm sure if you just like, glanced around your room right now or wherever you're at, you would see tons of patterns. I mean, people use them in stationary. They use thumb on fabric. I mean, your lampshades probably have patterns on them as well as your pillows and your sheets. So I mean, I even have a pattern technically on my shirt. So patterns are everywhere in a big part of our life. So learning how to make them could really up your design games. So I'm really excited to show you guys how to make it on the iPad pro. I'm going to have a bonus video towards the end. That's going to show you guys how to pull the swaps that you've created on the iPad pro into illustrator and using the pattern built in program that they have make it a repeating pattern that then, you know, if you sell things on different markets where you can, you can actually sell. That's watch two people. I'm also going to have a bonus printable. It'll be in the download section, and that will show you a whole bunch of different places and ideas on where you can take these patterns. You know, maybe you decide that you want to sell them and put them on fabric. I'm gonna list a couple of places that you could do that and different ways that then you could take your love of learning patterns and designing them into making profit with, um so thank you so much for checking out this class. If this is your first time tuning in with us, we use a program called Graphic. It is a vector illustration and design program built exclusively for the iPad, and if you haven't played around with that before, I teach a Siri's. They're called Graphic one. A one went to one of three and one of foreign. It's a four part series that will walk you completely through it, so go ahead and check down below. In the about section I do have links for those classes because there is a learning curve to using this program. Eso If it's your first time, Welcome. If it's your coming back to the Siri's, Thank you so much for checking out this class, and I can't wait to see what you guys create. 2. Create your Pattern: Okay, So to start creating your own pattern, we are going Teoh first set up our canvas. So what I have here is the actual canvas part the, You know, the white back. The background is eight inches by eight inches. So if you remember, you just go up here. And that's how you can, um, how you can change your dimensions, the actual work space we're gonna work with, like the swatch we're going to create. Our pattern in is actually this one right here. And that looked wrong, layer. And that one is actually five inches by five inches. The reason I have them two different sizes is it's just so that as I'm working around my pattern, I can really see what is staying within this bounding area. So go ahead and set it up like this. Um, Now, if you were creating a bigger one, a bigger pattern and you wanted a bigger space in this, just go ahead and set. You know your canvas to a bigger size. You could have done a 15 inch by 15 inch with a, um, you know, like a 12 inch by 12 inch of this box. It's really up to you. You just want them to both be squares. So I already kind of cheated. And I've added in another layer that I'm gonna turn on now are simple pattern. So, as you can see, um, repeat patterns are basically a square swatch, and this watch just keeps repeating in all directions. So it this program graphic does not have the capability to actually create a repeating pattern. I'm I've been told that it's something that they're working on and that there it's one of their top priorities. So I'm hoping, um, you know, in the near future, maybe 2017 some time that they will create a, um, a pattern swatch area, and it will make it super easy, although this way is not very hard either. So I have already placed, um, a couple of items on here. This is going to be a very, very simple pattern. Reason being is I didn't want to take of a 1,000,000 um, 1,000,000 minutes of your time, you know, doing a really intricate one. So for time's sake, this is what I decided to throw on there. So as you can see, some of the other parts of the design, actually air sticking outside of the pattern which, you know, means that if I was to try to repeat this, it would look really, really weird. So to set this up, we need to mimic this part of this. This leaf over here and this part needs to go down here and this part Ning's to go over here. So the way that I do that is I first select the all of those items. Clumps be good if I was on the right layer. So I'm gonna go ahead and select all of them, and I I'm going to group them together, which I've already done. And then I am going to go up here and copy yet, and then I'm going to click to another layer just so that I don't accidentally mess with that layer. So I'm gonna go ahead and lock that layer. So then I am going to paste zoom out a little bit and I'm gonna take this design, and I am going to pull it over Hips helps if I zoom in, but I'm gonna pull it over. And the reason why that bounding boxes there is to help me with placement. So I've just placed it right there. And basically, you're going to do that and work your whole way around. So I'm just gonna keep grabbing and pasting hips centred there and hard to do when you can't use both your hands and your zoomed out. Yeah, Okay. So I'm gonna just keep working around, okay? And then I'm gonna go ahead and fill in those places to which will be easier, cause I have on my smart guides So they will help guide me into the right spot so that placing these last four will be quicker. And it's this top on Andi. One more down here. Okay, So now, as you can see in my original little swatch down here, I have repeated this thistle flower that was hanging off up here. It now repeated down here. This one has repeated over here. This one has repeated down here, and it's repeated from that side to that side. So I've essentially created a repeat pattern. So from here, you're just gonna want to go through an UN group. All of these And of course, since they don't really have advanced stuff yet, you have to click on each one individually and in groups them. And then once you haven't grouped them all, you're gonna go back in and delete the boxes. Now, as you can see, if I zoom in, I have created a repeating pattern. Now from here, what you can do is it really depends at this point where you want to go with this pattern eso from here. You could just delete all of this part and keep this watch part only, and you could export it. Teoh, Open in Adobe Illustrator. You could also change your canvas size and delete this last box here and say, I wanted to sell. Um, I'm selling pattern a PNG pattern swatches. A lot of people do pattern collections on it. See that you can buy. And it might be like 12 pattern paper packs and on those ah, lot of them are 12 inch by 12 inch. So I could go up here and change my, um, my canvas to 12 inch by 12 inch, and then I would need to merge this down, unlock that layer, and then I could grab all of this, group it together and center it. And then once I hips once. I okay. Sorry that other one came through, too. I'm not sure why? Because I could sit on the block. But if I, um, did this part, then I could go back and very easily delete hips one group that and delete that box right there. And now, when I export this or I do the paste inside, you could have a you know, already to go 12 inch by 12 inch paper too. Use 3. Pattern to Scrapbook Paper: So for those of you that potentially wanna learn repeating patterns on here, and then I want to turn them into stationary packs that you could sell on creative market or itsy or any of those places. Um, this is one way you could do it. Once you've expanded your pattern, you could just go up here and decide on what your height and weight. I mean, sorry height. And with our ah, lot of people do 12 by 12 because that's the standard scrapbooking paper size. So you would just change the size like that. Then you would select everything, make sure it's grouped and then, you know, line it vertically and horizontally from here. You could grab all of this and go up here and cut. Then go ahead and do the paste within, or the masking that I showed you. So you can just make a box like that. Go ahead and select the box, remove the outline and then go back up here and do the paste inside. So now you have a 12 inch by 12 inch paper with the pattern already on it, Um, that you could, you know, sell um, and you know, have that repeating cute repeating pattern for them 4. Pattern Trouble-Shooting: So let's talk about troubleshooting. So, um, as you can see, this looks very similar to the pattern that we created. But with one difference. I've got this, uh, this little piece of foil it foot full ege in the corner. Now, the problem with this design is, if I was to repeat this, this flower would also be here, so they would do an overlapping, um, effect. So let me show you why that would be an issue. So if I am grabbing and pulling this in, you can already see that this is looking a little weird. I'm gonna do it down here and show you guys. Now, it's definitely gonna be bad, because oops, because as you can see, when I placed this here because of the placement I had chosen for my for this and for the flower. Now I've got this awkward little overlap corner. Now you might be going for an overlap effect. If so, go for it. But for me, that was not good. So if you have that problem as you're starting toe, add the 1st 4 boxes. You should be able to see if you've got any any mishaps inside the design. And so if you do, just go ahead and, you know, delete Thies too. And then, um, repositioned some of these and just really try to think through like these leaves are going to repeat down here. These leaves were gonna repeat over here. This flower is going to repeat here and down here because it's, you know, it's it's opposite of where it is on, and so that should really help trouble shoot on on making your pattern right the first time . And obviously I could have gone in here and filled in all of this white space, and I just chose not to do that since I was trying to keep it simple for you guys. So that is one of the mistakes that could happen while you're creating your pattern. 5. Bonus: Swatch in Adobe Illustrator: Okay, So for those that have worked in Illustrator, um, I exported the, um, the pattern that we had created in, um, in graphic I exported as an SPG and pulled it into here into illustrator. So as you can see for right here, it came with all of the pieces around it. So here's my five inch by five inch box with all of the pattern around it. So the first thing I'm going to dio on and this is this is really a tutorial. Just for those of you, I'm just showing you, But you should have an understanding of illustrator if you don't. I'm not going through that. So I know there's a lot of good classes on skill share that go over a lot of the parts of illustrator. So hopefully those will be able to help you guys a little bit more in depth. But I'm just showing you how to use the pattern tool and how to use this to make your own swatch and illustrator. So I I have already created a, um, a box, um, to be able to do the, um that Sorry. The clipping mask. So gonna go ahead and clip it. So now I've got this this, uh, little box I'm gonna click on the patterns gonna go down and click, make it a pattern. Says it's been added, but I need to do some adjustments to it first. So the first thing is size tile toe art, and then I want it to be grid gonna move that like that. And then, um, it should all be good. So then I should be able to hit, save a copy tips. I'll just let it be called new pattern number two. The pattern's been added, so I'm gonna go ahead and close this. So then now, over here, I have this box that I've already created, and it's got no Phil, and I'm going to go up here and click on it. And now my pattern has turned itself into a pattern. So from swatch to pattern, So there you have it. There is just my little tiny many illustrators tutorial into making in a pattern 6. Class Project - Create a Pattern: so class project. So for this one, I want to see you create a pattern. It could be super simple. It could be super advanced. Whatever you guys want to dio whenever colors, maybe you pull in your favorite colors. Um, you know, whatever whatever you want, I'd love to see them. You can either show them in a full swatch, you know, like a 12 inch by 12 inch format. And you can just do a screenshot, Um, or you can just show us your little five inch, 55 inch patterns. Watch whatever you'd like to do. You can show both of them, and you can upload as many patterns as you like. So I am looking forward to seeing all of the fun stuff that you guys create. 7. Thank You: thank you so much for tuning in and, um, creating patterns with me. I look forward to having you guys back in class as I will be really saying lots more miniseries. Be sure to let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or running into any problems. I love to hear from you guys, so thank you so much. And I'll see you guys next time I