How to Make Super Easy Tessellating Patterns in Illustrator + Free Templates

Melissa Wiederrecht Generative Art, Generative Design, Creative Code

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8 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:54
    • 2. Tessellations and Escher

      2:09
    • 3. Tessellations by Hand

      4:43
    • 4. Getting Started With The Templates

      7:43
    • 5. Adding Detail

      2:30
    • 6. Adding Detail And Extracting The Full Shape

      4:41
    • 7. Make Pattern Swatches

      5:15
    • 8. Conclusion

      0:26

About This Class

Tessellating patterns are those awesome and fascinating patterns in which one single shape is repeated, rotated, and flipped around, and yet always fits perfectly within itself.  Think M.C. Escher’s "Flying Fish", and "Lizards", and "Pegasus":

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While Escher had to do these patterns by hand and with lots of math and time, we can create these kinds of patterns in a matter of seconds and with just a couple clicks in Adobe Illustrator!

In this class you will learn how to make tessellating patterns in Illustrator with the help of my free template downloads… and it is as easy as connect the dots - I’m not kidding.  As a bonus you will also see how to create a few tessellating patterns by hand.

Your project will be to make a tessellating pattern in Illustrator!  You can make something resembling and animal if you like… or a leaf… and or really anything you can imagine.  I can’t wait to see what you create!