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

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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6 Lessons (20m) View My Notes
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Introduction

      1:08
    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 1 - Extracting pattern elements from a pattern

      4:26
    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 2 - A More Complex Example

      4:49
    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 3 - Make a pattern into a Pattern

      3:11
    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 4 - Make a pattern into a Pattern CS5 and earlier

      5:52
    • 6. Project and wrapup

      0:59

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 to use a pattern as a portion of a new pattern. This can't be done in Illustrator without extracting the pattern pieces from the swatch so you'll see how to do this. 

More in this series:

4 Illustrator Shading Techniques - An Illustrator for Lunch™ class - Simple Highlights & Shadows

5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

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

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

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

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

Make Ditsy Patterns in Illustrator

Pattern Design in Illustrator Masterclass

Piping Effect in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Rainbow Gradient Shape & Text Effects in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch™ class

Terrazzo Patterns Without Drawing a Shape! - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

 

 

 

 

 

Transcripts

1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley and welcome to this episode of "Illustrator for Lunch using Patterns as Patterns". Illustrator for Lunch is a series of Illustrator classes each of which teaches a small range of illustrator techniques and you'll get an opportunity to practice your new skills in the projects you'll create. Today we're going to see how you can do the impossible, which is using a pattern inside a pattern in Illustrator. Now if you've ever tried to do this, you know that you won't be allowed to do it. Well, I'm going to show you how you can break the pieces out so that you can use a pattern in a pattern. As you're watching these videos, you'll 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 in just a few words on why you're enjoying the class. Recommendations like this help other students that at skill share Skillshare to see that this is a class that they too might enjoy. 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 look at and respond to all of your class projects. So if you're ready now let's get started using patterns as pattern elements in Illustrator. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 1 - Extracting pattern elements from a pattern: To get started with looking at the opportunities we have for using patterns inside patterns, let's have a look and see what won't work. I'm going to drag out a circular shape here and I'm going to fill it with a pattern. I have a pattern here in the Pattern Swatches. I've got the Nature Foliage selection of patterns visible, to see those you can open the fly out menu, choose Open Swatch Library and then Patterns and I use Nature, Nature Foliage and that's this collection here. I'm just going to add a black border around this object, and let's say that I want to use this shape itself in a pattern. So I'm going to drag over it and choose Object, Pattern, Make. Now this tool is available inside Illustrator CS6 and later, and I can't make a pattern from this because I'm seeing the error that patterns cannot contain anything painted with a pattern. Now there is another way of creating a pattern from this, a very simple pattern nonetheless and that is to just click and drag and drop this into the swatches panel right next to another pattern, and if you have a look here, you'll see that as much as I try and drag and drop it in here, it won't go in there, and again, the reason is that a pattern cannot contain a pattern. So we're going to have a look at some ways that we can break things out of being patterns, and I'm going to start with the one that we were just using there. So this is the pattern that is stored inside Illustrator. When we look inside the group here, you'll see that there's a series of shapes and the very last shape is going to be a no fill, no stroke rectangle, that is the size of the element that actually makes up that pattern. Now this is a very simple pattern because everything, all of these leaves are inside this no fill, no stroke rectangle. So we could just get rid of that no fill, no stroke rectangle and here are the elements from the pattern. So we could then use them to create a pattern. So for example, we might want to select them and just do Object, Pattern, Make and we might want to create, for example, a Hex by Column pattern from these and we'd obviously want to spread these things apart a little bit more, but we can do things with it because it is no longer a pattern piece. Now if you're using Illustrator CS5 and earlier, you don't have this Pattern Make tool, but you could create a pattern using these elements because they are now no longer a pattern. I'm just going to get out of here, let's trash that. Let's have a look at a pattern that's a little bit more complex than this. I'm dragging and dropping it out of the Pattern Swatches panel. In this case, the pattern that we're looking at is in this area here. I'm just going to open up this group, and I'm going to the very last shape because the very last shape is always going to be this no fill, no stroke rectangle and it surrounds the actual elements that are the pattern, everything else here is extraneous. So we can't take this element here and use it in another pattern because we're not allowed to use a pattern in a pattern. But we could go and extract just this little bit of this element that is inside this shape. So what I'm going to do is go to this no fill, no stroke rectangle. I'm going to drag it up to the very, very top of this group, and then I'm going to select the whole group. So I'm just going to click on the Group icon here. So I have my path that is the no fill, no stroke rectangle and all the other shapes that go up to make this pattern, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to crop this. So I've got my path at the very top, I'm going to the Pathfinder tab. I'm just going to click the Crop button, and what that does is it gets rid of everything that was outside that no fill, no stroke rectangle. So this element here now is the essence of what that pattern was and we can prove that by just choosing Object, Pattern, Make, and you can see that this is the element that creates the pattern, but you also see that I'm able to use this pattern to make another pattern because it isn't a pattern any longer. All of these elements are just objects in Illustrator, they're not a pattern and so we can use them to make a pattern. It's going to cancel out of that, let's trash that. Next up, let's have a look at a pattern that's not as easy to pull apart. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 2 - A More Complex Example: One of the pattern swatches that is shipped with illustrator, is this Pompadour swatch. It appears by default in the swatches panel. If you haven't made changes to it, you'll probably find Pompadour in here. So, I'm just going to drag it onto the artboard here. Now, like the other patterns that we've looked at, even though this one is extremely complex, it still has this no fill, no stroke rectangle at the very bottom of the group. It's this little area in here that contains all the elements that we need for this pattern. All these other bits around the edge are extraneous, so we need to crop them away. I'm going to move this path to the top of the group. I'm going to select the group. I'm going to click on the "Pathfinder", click "Crop", and sit back and say that whatever it was that I just did failed spectacularly. This pattern has lost all its look. I'm going to undo this. The problem in this pattern is this, here is a compound path that's part of the pattern, and you can say that it has an opacity of 20 percent. When you cut that using the crop tool here, it maintains its 20 percent opacity. So that's working just fine. This is where the problem is, and it's a designer issue. What happened when this person designed this pattern, is that they made a group and they set the groups transparency or opacity to 25 percent. The compound path inside that group has its opacity set to a 100 percent. What's happening when we go and crop this shape, is that this compound path is jumping out of this group, and instead of the 25 percent opacity that has been applied to the group, the resulting paste that's left after we crop it is being set to a 100 percent opacity. That's why we're getting the white paces. So, what we have to do is we have to break each of these compound paths out of the group. We have to set their opacity to 25 percent before we can cut everything away. When we do that, it's all going to work just fine. I've got a lot of groups in here. There's nine in total. I have to do the same thing to every one of these groups. What I'm going to do is open the first group. I'm going to select the group that I want to work on. This is a really good time to learn how to use actions in Illustrator. I'm going to choose Window and then Actions. What I'm going to do here is very simply create an action to do all the work. I'm going to click "Create New Action". I'm going to call this Temp action. I'm going to click "Record" because I've got everything selected and I'm ready to go. What I'm going to do is choose Object, Ungroup, because that will ungroup this shape and it's already selected. So I'm going to set its opacity to 25 percent. Press "Tab" to exit that dialogue. Now I'm going to click to stop playing or recording. I'm going back to this temp action. I'm going to close down this group. I'm going to the next group. I'm going to select this little group in here and I'm going to play my action. I'm going to continue to do that. The couple of minutes that I spent creating that action has saved me a whole lot of additional work. I don't have to burst this out of the group, I don't have to change the transparency, I don't have to type 25 percent because the action is doing all the work. So, now all my compound paths have been broken out of the groups that they were in. Their opacity has been changed to 25 percent, so this should work just fine. I don't need this action any longer, so I'm just going to click the trash can and click "Delete" because I don't need it in there, I don't want it anymore. I can go back now to my shape. Here's my path. This is the path that marks out the area of the pattern that actually contains the elements that we're interested in. I'm going to select my entire group and now I can go to the crop tool. I'll click it once, and what we're left with is the actual pattern. But you will need to take care and just test this. If there's ever an element that is fully opaque, but it's inside a group which is partially transparent, then you're going to need to fix that before you do the crop, because the crop is bursting that shape out of its group, and the transparency that's being applied to the group is being lost in the process. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 3 - Make a pattern into a Pattern: So now that we've learnt some of the ways that we can burst a pattern out of a pattern swatch, let's have a look at a slightly more advanced example. I'm going to the ellipse tool and I'm just going to drag out a circle. I'm going to fill it with one of the patterns again that's shipped with illustrator. It's this sort of leafy pattern here. Now I'm going to take a duplicate of my ellipse. I'm going to drag it onto the New Layer icon and this topmost version of it, I'm going to make No Fill, No Stroke because that's going to be my crop. So I've got a crop version of the ellipse and I've got an ellipse with the pattern in it, but right now this is an ellipse filled with the pattern. So to be able to get the elements out of it, we're going to have to expand it. So I'm going to select my ellipse. I'm going to choose Object, Expand. I'm going to click "OK." Now I have a group which contains a clipping group. Inside this is an ellipse, which is a clipping mask and inside that are whole series of clipping groups. Whole heap of junk is in here. Well, it's not junk, it's just a lot of stuff. So what we're going to do is just ignore all of that. We've got our ellipse at the top, which is a No Fill, No Stroke ellipse. We've got a group of all these other objects that we just burst out of that pattern. We're going to select them just as we've been doing up until now. We're going to the Pathfinder and we're going to click "Crop." The net result is of course we've lost our top ellipse because it was used to crop everything away. I'm going to open up my group and here are all the components, shapes that go towards making up our pattern. There's a whole heap of garbage at the bottom, and you'll always find this if it exists inside the burst out shapes. It's going to be in the bottom and it's going to be a series of No Fill, No Stroke shapes. So you can go through all of these and just check them, but they're all No Fill, No Stroke. So they're not doing anything inside the pattern. So to clean it up, I'm going to click on the top one. I'm going to Shift click on the bottom one. I'm just going to drag this all onto the trash can, and that's just cleaned up these elements. So what we're left with is the individual shapes that go to make up this pattern filled circle, but of course, they are no longer a pattern. It's just a group so we can size it. Then using whatever process you use for your version of Illustrator, you can then go and make a pattern out of it. I'm going to select it and choose "Object pattern Mike." I'll click "OK" and now I'm going to choose a brick by rows. So I have a sort of offset pattern, and I'm just going to expand the distance between these circles. When I'm done, I'll just click "Done." So now I have a pattern that is made up of what was once a pattern, but is now no longer a pattern. It's actually just a series of shapes. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 4 - Make a pattern into a Pattern CS5 and earlier: If you're using an earlier version of illustrator than say a six, for example, say as five or earlier. I'm going to show you how you can do that last technique of a pattern in the pattern. I'm starting off with a document of known size, so it's 600 pixels by 600 pixels. That's a square document for creating my pattern. I'll click "OK." I'm going to draw out a circle. So I'm going to the ellipse tool here and hold the Shift key as I draw out a circle. I want to make this circle pretty much the size that I want to use it for my pattern. I'm going to turn off the stroke on this circle and I'm going to target the fill. I'm going to find a pattern to use. Now, the pattern I used in the previous video is not available in earlier versions of Illustrator. So I'm going to the flyout panel here, Open Swatch Library patterns. I'm going to nature and I'm gonna choose nature foliage. Here, I'm looking for a particular pattern. So I'm just going to click the flyout menu here and use larger list because that's makes it a little bit easier for me to find the one that I'm looking for, and the one I want to use is floral vines color. As soon as I apply it to this shape, it's automatically added here to the pattern swatches. Now, this pattern itself, let's have a look at it. You can say it's way more complex than what we're seeing in the shape here. So what we need to do is to expand this pattern and then crop it. So first of all, I'm going to my last panel here. I'm just going to make a duplicate of this path. So they have two of these shapes on top of each other. I'm going to the topmost one and I'm going to make it no fill no stroke shapes so that we can use it to crop. Then I'm going to the path that's actually filled with the pattern. You can see here that this is the one that I've got selected. I'll choose object and then expand, and click "OK." So that expanded this out into all its little component pieces, and you can see that there's a lot of stuff happening here, as we would expect to say. So I'm going to select everything on this layer. Now, I'm going to the Pathfinder and I'm just going to click here on crop. That just cleans everything up. So now in the last pallet, let's me have a look in here, we've got this group again with lots and lots of paths. I'm just going to make sure that nothing down the bottom is there's no fill no stroke rectangles that are just garbage. Well, we've got plenty of those. So I'm just going to test these. This is actually a black or gray filled shapes, so that's actually something, so is this one. But here we're into the no fill, no stroke one. So all of those are going to be no fill no strokes. I'm just going to select all of them, just drag and drop them onto the trash can because they're not needed. All the rest of these shapes are what comprises the now burst out pattern in this shape here. So I'm just going to close that group down. Now, I can select my group and I can make a pattern out of it. Now this is a group. So what I'm going to do first of all is center it on the artboard. So I'm going to the Align panel, which you can also get to by choosing window and align. I'm going to use Show Options and I want to align to artboard here. So I want this shape centered on the artboard, then I'm going to make a duplicate of it. I'm going to drag it onto the new icon here, and I'm going to take this duplicate and I'm going to put it up here. So what I want is for its center to be at the position 0, 0. So there's no middle boxes here. Click on the central one and make sure that the position is 0, 0. In other words, in the very top corner of this document. I'm going to put this shape in all four corners, but I don't have to do it the same way. So with this shape selected and its position is now fixed, I'm going to choose object, transform, move. I'm just going to zero this out before I turn my preview on because otherwise it can get really scary. So I want to move this 600 pixels in this direction because my shape, my original artboard was 600 by 600, I'm going to click "Copy." Now, I'm going to select both these shapes. I'm going to choose object, transform, move. This time, I'm going to move them vertically, 600 pixels. So they're both going to move down to the bottom. Again, I'm going to click "Copy." So now I have everything that I need to make a pattern out of my what was once a pattern filled shape. So I'm going to the rectangle tool. I'm going to create a rectangle the same size as the artboard because that's the size of my pattern. I'm going to center it onto the artboard, and I need to make sure that it's behind everything because when you're making a pattern in no fill no stroke rectangle that outlines where your pattern is, has to be at the very bottom of everything. Then select the entire contents of the layer, and with the selection tool, just got to pick this up and drop it into the swatches panel. Now, let's just move out of the way and test this. I'm going to create a rectangle. I have the fill targeted, so I'm just going to click on my new pattern. Then choose object, transform, scale just to make sure that it looks really good. I'm going to table objects, so I'm only scaling my pattern. I'm going to take this down to 25 percent, and you can see that we now have a pattern of circles that are filled with what once was a pattern. So we have a pattern in a pattern, in illustrator and this was done in Illustrator say as five, that's going to be appropriate to say it's four and earlier as well. 6. Project and wrapup: Your project for this class is to make a pattern from elements that are themselves illustrate a pattern. So you're going to have to break them out to be able to use them inside other patterns. Post a picture of your completed pattern in the class project area. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned something that you didn't know before about using Illustrator. As you're watching this class, you will have seen a prompt to recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoyed the class, give it a thumbs up. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name's Helen Bradley. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch - Patterns in Patterns. I'll look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode of Illustrator for Lunch soon.