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Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 pattern tips in 10 minutes - Introduction

    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 minutes

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About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn Ten Awesome Illustrator tips for working with patterns in 10 minutes. These tips include creating global patterns, editing patterns, recoloring patterns and more. Here is the result of applying one of the tips to edit the pattern on the left to remove elements from it:

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Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

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Graphic Design for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 pattern tips in 10 minutes - Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley and welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch, 10 tips in 10 minutes. Today we're looking at tips for working with patterns in Illustrator. Illustrator for Lunch as a series of Illustrator classes every one of which teaches a small range of Illustrated techniques. You'll get an opportunity to reflect on your new skills in your class project. Today we're looking at 10 tips for working with patterns in Illustrator. You're going to learn how to edit patterns, how to transform patterns, and some really nice little tricks for working with them. I'm sure these are going to make the everyday work that you do in Illustrator just a whole lot more effective. As you're working through these videos, you will see a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you're enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up, and secondly, write just a few words about why you're enjoying this class. Recommendations like this help other students at Skillshare to say that this is a class that they too might like. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and your questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. So now let's get started with our 10 tips in 10 minutes or less on working with patterns in Illustrator. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 minutes: In this class, I'm assuming before we start that you know how to make a shape and fill it with a pattern. I'm opening up the Swatches panel here. I have all swatches visible. So I have some pattern swatches that are shipped with illustrated here and I've just clicked to add that pattern swatch to that shapes. I'm assuming that you know how to do that. Our first tip is on transforming this pattern using the dialogues. To start select the ''Selection tool,'' make sure your shape is selected. Choose ''Object transform,'' and then the appropriate dialogue. For example, we can scale a pattern by clicking ''Scale,'' disable transform objects, you want to transform the pattern, but not the object. I'm going to set this back to 100 percent so that when I click the ''Preview,'' nothing's going to change. Now let's look at scaling a pattern, I'm going to increase this value and my pattern gets larger, but my shape stays consistent in size. If you want to scale in a non-uniform direction, just click ''Non-uniform'' and increase or decrease the values as appropriate. The same goes for rotating and moving object transform, rotate, turn off transform objects and you can rotate your pattern by just dragging on the angle here. For moving your pattern, choose ''Object transform move.'' Start by zeroing out the slides if necessary, click ''Preview'' disable transform objects. Now you can adjust the placement of the pattern inside the shape by adjusting these values to positive or negative values depending on where you want the pattern to go. The second tip is transforming a pattern using the tilde key. If you hold down the tilde key on the keyboard as you work with certain tools in Illustrator, you can move the pattern inside the shape, but not the shape itself. I have the selection tool select, I'm going to click on the ''Shape'' to select it, now I'm holding the tilde key and I'm moving what appears to be the shape. But in fact, what's happening is that because the tilde key is being pressed down, I'm just moving the pattern inside the shape, not the shape itself. This works too with the scale tool, I've selected the Scale tool, I'm holding the tilde key as I now scale this object very small. In fact, it's just the pattern that's being scaled. Let's make it larger and a little bit larger again. You can also do this with the rotate tool. Click on the ''Rotate tool.'' Hold the tilde key and now rotate the shape. In fact, you're rotating the pattern inside the shape, not the shape itself. The next tip is picking apart or pattern. Patterns can be removed from the Swatches panel so you can just click and drag any pattern swatch into your document. I'm going to size this one holding the Shift key. We can say a little bit about what is in this pattern. If you were to have a look in the last panel, I'm just going to remove confusion by removing this rectangle over here. Let's have a look at the layers panel. Here you will say that the pattern is made up of groups of objects and behind everything is no fill, no stroke rectangle. That's how patterns are designed in Illustrator. They'll have a no fill, no stroke rectangle behind them, marking out the area that is the repeating pattern swatch. This is the same whether you happen to be using the new pattern make tool in Illustrator CC and CS6 or if you're building patterns the old way using CS5 or earlier. The next tip is all about editing a pattern. I have a pattern here that I've added to the swatches dialog. It's a little simpler than the other one we were looking at. I'm just going to drag it out here so we can see it. It's a pattern swatch exactly the same as the other one was and you'll see at the very back of it is a no fill, no strike rectangle. There's nothing different in this pattern. Now let's say that we like this pattern, but we don't want the clouds. It's very easy for me to isolate where the clouds are in the pattern and I'm just selecting them and pressing ''Delete'' to remove them. Now I'm going to select the entire pattern swatch including the no fill, no stroke rectangle behind it. Open up the Swatches panel and drag and drop my pattern into the Swatches panel. I can now delete this. Let's go and add a rectangle to the document and fill it with the newly edited pattern. Here's the editor pattern, here's the original. The next tip is that you can make a pattern of just about anything in Illustrator. I'm going to draw a star in this document and I'm going to drag and drop the star into the Swatches panel. It becomes a pattern. I'm going to delete this shape here, I'm going to make a new rectangle and fill it with my new pattern of stars. The next tip involves making a symbol into a pattern. I'm going to start with a rectangle that has a stroke so I can see it, I'm using one that's 600 pixels by 600 pixels, so it's a square. I'm going to open up the Symbols panel and go and find a symbol to use. I'm clicking the ''Fly out menu,'' open symbol library Heirloom and I'm going to use these two joules, so I'm going to drag them out and resize them. One of them is going right in the middle of this rectangle. The other one's going to be centered over the very top corner of the rectangle and then I'm going to make duplicates and center them right over the very corners of this rectangle. In the last palette, I'm going to select the back rectangle and just make it a no fill, no stroke rectangle, select everything, open the Swatches panel, drag and drop this into the Swatches panel. The links to the symbols are broken in the process, I can delete the original pattern. Now let's see how our brand new pattern looks. This next tip involves the global nature of patterns in Illustrator. I have two circles here filled with the exact same pattern, although at different sizes, one's been scaled. I'm going to the Swatches panel, I'm going to drag and drop the swatch that I used to fill the shapes into the work area. I'm going to go ahead now and remove the green umbrella. Having done that, I'm going to re-select my pattern and I'm going to drag and drop it into the Swatches panel, but I'm going to hold the Alt or Option key as I drag and drop it over the original swatch, the one that I just dragged out so it's actually going to replace that. When I do that, you'll see that the pattern in each of these shapes has changed. This pattern here has replaced the pattern in the pattern swatch but because these patterns are being treated as global patterns, both of these shapes have changed automatically. Now this behavior is built into Illustrator, it's not something you need to turn on. If this is not the way that you want to Illustrator it to behave, let me just wind this back one step. Instead of dragging and dropping this on top of the original pattern if you wanted a different pattern, you would just drag and drop it into the swatches panel where it becomes a completely different pattern swatch, the alterations to the pattern and not being reflected in these shapes. This next tip involves distorting and pattern with the envelope options. I'm going to select my pattern filled rectangle. I'll choose ''Object envelope distort,'' and ''Envelope options.'' You need to make sure before you begin that distort pattern fills is checked, I'll click ''Okay.'' Next I'll choose ''Object envelope distort.'' Now I could make it with a warp or created top object to warp my shape but I'm actually going to make a mesh here. I'm going to click ''Make with mesh,'' and then select my mesh size and click ''Okay.'' Now I can go to the direct selection tool, click on any of these points and adjust the point. When I do so, the pattern underneath is being distorted by the handles that I'm pulling. This will be an overhead on your machine so you want to be careful that you have plenty of processing power available. When you're done, you can just click outside the shape. The next tip involves using patterns and Global Colors. I'm going to create a pattern filled rectangle here. With the pattern filled rectangle selected, I'm going to the Swatches palette, I'm going to click ''New color group.'' I'm going to make sure that's selected artwork and convert process to global are both selected and click ''Okay.'' This does two things, it adds a new pattern fill to the swatches palette, and that is the one that is actually filling this shape now, and here we have two global colors. It's important that you click away from the shape at this point because you don't want to change the fill. If you want to change how the pattern looks, you can double-click on any of these colors to open them up. I'll click ''Preview.'' Now as I change the color here, you'll see that the color in the pattern itself is altered. I saved the most fun tip to last. This tip is on recoloring patterns with the recolor tool, I'm going to select this pattern filled shape and click here on the ''Recolor artwork'' option. Here I can change the colors in the artwork in a number of ways. I can randomly change the color in the artwork by clicking here. If I find a color scheme I like, I'll just click ''Okay.'' The bonus here is that this is added as a new pattern swatch, so with the shape selected, this is the pattern that we started off with, this is our new coloring of the pattern. I'm going back to the original, I'm going back to recolor artwork. You can also use edit. I'm going to lock the colors here and we can rotate the colors around the color wheel to get a different color scheme for our pattern. Again, when you find something that you like, click ''Okay.'' Again, another pattern swatch with this coloring has been added. Here's our original and here are our two recolored artwork patterns. Your project for this class is really simple place just right in the class project area, which of these pattern tips you thought was going to be of most value to you. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned something that you didn't already know about working with patterns in Illustrator. When you see a prompt, give a recommendation to others, please if you enjoyed this class, give it a thumbs up and write just a few words which will help other Illustrator students to determine if this is a class that would be of value to them. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question please do so, I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I also respond to all of your projects. I'm Helen Bradley, thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for lunch. Ten pattern tips in 10 minutes or less. I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode of Illustrator for Lunch soon.