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Make it Easy with Illustrator: Create Your Own Seamless Flower Pattern

teacher avatar Dana Evanyshyn, Illustrator and Graphic Designer

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8 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Document

    • 3. Creating the Flowers

    • 4. Creating the Leaves

    • 5. Adding Color

    • 6. Creating the Pattern

    • 7. Creating the Pattern: CS5 and Lower

    • 8. Finishing Touches & Conclusion

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About This Class

Have you ever noticed that most of the classes and tutorials for creating flower patterns in Adobe Illustrator start out one of two ways? Either you grab your sketchbook and go out into the world to find inspiration. Or you learn how to create one specific flower.

That’s not how we’re going to do it my class.

In this class we’re going to dive right into illustrator. And I’m going to teach you a few simple tips and tricks for making an endless supply of unique flowers using Illustrator’s built in tools.

Next I’ll show you the process I use to color and add detail to my black and white flower drawings.

And then we’ll put all those pieces together to make a seamless repeating pattern.

Even if you don’t have the latest version of Adobe Illustrator this class is for you. I’m going to show you how to create a pattern using the pattern tool only found in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and higher. And then I’m going to do it again. Only this time I'll show you how to do it without the pattern tool. That means people who are running Adobe Illustrator CS5 and lower can join in.

And in the last lesson, I’ll show you a quick and easy way to edit your pattern without editing the pattern elements.

This class is easy enough for Illustrator beginners, but even advanced and intermediate uses will want to join in.

Open up Illustrator and let’s get started.

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Dana Evanyshyn

Illustrator and Graphic Designer


Fueled by caffeine, music, and a desire to create, I'm a designer, illustrator, blogger, and Etsy shop owner.

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name's Dan Definition, and I'm an illustrator and graphic designer from Alberta, Canada. And today I'm going to show you just how easy it is to make a repeating flower pattern in Adobe Illustrator. If you guys have ever taken a class on how to make a pattern before, you might notice that a lot of those classes start with going out to find inspiration and then drawing what you find. But we're not going to do that here. Nothing against drawing or walking in the woods. That's just not how I work. We're going to jump right into illustrator, and I'm going to show you some simple tricks for easily creating an endless supply of unique flowers. Then I'll show you the exact process. I used to take my simple black and white flour drawings and turn them into a colorful, repeating pattern. I don't have the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. No problem. I've got you covered. I'll not only be going over how to turn your flower illustrations into a pattern. Using the pattern tool on, Lee found an illustrator CS six and above, but I also be going over how to do it. The old school Way and illustrator CS five and earlier. This class is easy enough for illustrator beginners, but even advanced in intermediate users will want to join in Open up illustrator on Let's Get Started. 2. Setting Up Your Document: in this lesson, we're just going to be setting up our documents. Once you have illustrator open, go ahead and create a new document by going up to file new the size and everything doesn't really matter. I'm going to be creating a 12 inch by 12 inch documents just because that's the standard size for selling digital pattern papers on a lot of websites. I'm also going to use a color mode of RGB and a P p I of 300 for the same reason. Also, make sure align new objects to pixel grid is not checked and push. Okay, there are a couple of things that I like to make sure open before working on patterns. Go up to view and make sure you're smart guys. Air on. Smart guys are really handy for helping you to line things up. Also, make sure your Pathfinder is open. If yours isn't, go to Window Pathfinder and make sure that it's checked as well as your swatches. Another thing I like to do, um, this is more of a personal preference because I often like to start a project by drawing in black and white outlines and then coloring it in later. Let's go up to at it Preferences, general, and make sure scale strokes on effects is not checked. I always start this way and then depending on the project, I'll turn this back on later, and that's about it for setting up our documents. I'll see in the next left in where I'll start showing you some really easy ways to create flowers an illustrator. 3. Creating the Flowers: in this lesson, I'm just going to show you some really easy ways to drop flowers using the built in tools in the Illustrator. One of the easiest ways to create a flower in Illustrator is to start with the polygon tool . I'm just click anywhere on your page to bring up the dialogue box. If using odd number sides, your flowers going to have a more organic, lopsided shape, and if you use an even number, it's going to be a perfectly symmetrical I'm going to use the even number six and radius of 50. The radius doesn't really matter. I'll probably end up sizing it up or down later. Now I'll just zoom in a little so you guys can see better with your polygon shape selected . Go up to effect, distort and transform, pucker and bloats. Turn on the preview so you can see the effects. And as you can see as you pull the slider towards the bloat side of flower shape begins to appear. The further you pull it, the skinnier the pedals become, and you'll actually start to get this cool star shaped forming in the middle. You can use this method to create the actual flower or the center part of the flower. You could also pull it to the Parker side, which makes an interesting shape for the center of the flower. I'm making the outside of the fire right now, so I'll just pull it over to about 85 to 90% and click OK. When you use this method, you should always make sure you go up to object. Expand appearance that will just make the flower creditable instead of the polygon shape. That way, if you want to add it a flower later you and the easiest way to finish off a flower is with a simple circle right in the middle. With your ellipse tool. Use your smart guides to find the center. Hold down, shift on all to pull out a perfect circle from the center and then give it a white fill to cover up these little overlapping bits. And that's the easiest way to make a flower in Illustrator. I'll just group this and move it out of the way and lock the layer, and I'll show you another really simple ways to make a flower in Illustrator. This time I'm going to start with the basic teardrop shape. To create that, I'll use my Ellipse tool. Hold down, shift in, opt to pull out a perfect circle. Next, I'll selected this bottom anchor point with my direct selection tool and move it down by holding downshifts. Well, I tap the down arrow on my keyboard that will just move it 10 pixels at its heart and then , with the bottom anchor port still selected, you could either click, convert to corner or hold down, out and pull up on the handle on one side and do the same on the other side. But this time, don't hold down off with your cheer. Drop shape selected. Go up to effect, distort and transform transform. Make sure you click this bottom middle square on the bounding box diagram. That's what it's going to rotate arounds now Here's something that's going to change your life. If you already don't know this, you could type math equations into a lot of the fields in. Illustrator and Illustrator will do the math for you. I honestly used to sit here with my calculator open, sometimes trying to figure stuff out in patterns so learning this has made so many things so much easier for me. For example, I'm going to guess Weaken Bit six puddles around to fill in a circle and make a complete flower. So we all know a circle is 360 Greece, and then we'll divide that by tapping in a slash by six. Now that's pretty easy math, and most of us could figure that out by ourselves. But let's let illustrator do the work for us. Next we put in the number of copies. The number of copies will always be one less than shoulder number we want. So this time I'd put in five copies to make six pedals on. As you can see, that fills in the flower pretty good, but I think it could be better. So let's add another pedal. This time I'll type in 360 divided by seven. And that's an equation I couldn't do without a calculator. And we'll add one more coffee that feels it in much better. I really love that ill starter can do the math for me, and once you have yours, how you like it, you might need a different number of pebbles, depending on the size of your teardrop shape, you could go ahead and push. Okay, What you'll see now is that the Onley pedal, that selectable is the original one that you drew. What this means is, and I'll just zoom in a little bit so you can see it better is that if you want to make a change, Teoh a pedal, for example, I'll make it bigger. All the pedals will grow. You have to be careful with this, though. If you want to rotate it, it's not going to rotate the whole flower, but rather it will just rotate the individual pedal. But it also works for changing the color on changing the shape. If I want to give it a more heavily shape, I can just change this one acre point and they'll all change on. That actually makes us my favorite way to create flowers because I only have to add it one puddle, And when it comes to coloring later, it's also going to be a lot simpler. This time I'll create the flower center by starting a game with the Ellipse tool. But this time I'll go up to effect, distort and transform zigzag and as you can see you can create a star shape. Or if you select smooth, it makes sort of, ah, bumpy shape. I'm going to leave mine just like this, so I'll push. Okay. And as always, when you're using the transform tools to create something, go up to object, expands appearance. But don't expand your flower just yet. We're going to be using this to help us color it in quicker. Okay, I'll just grab this flower and move it out of the way and lock it, and I'll create a new one so we could make another flower to make this flower. I'm going to be starting with the line segment tool with no Phil and a black stroke hold down shift to drop perfectly straight line. I'll just zoom in here. And if you don't know, control and the plus sign is the short code. Presuming it now, double click on the rotate tool to open up the dialogue box. I'm going to rotate the line 45 degrees and click copy to create another one, and then I'll just use control de or command D on the Mac to fill in the rest of the circle next select everything and open up this drug pile. Change it to round cap, which is right here, and then just click in the weight field and push the up arrow on the keyboard. Just keep pushing the up arrow until you you have a flowery shape. If you go too far, you can use the down air. I always feel like I have to push OK, somewhere when I do this, but I don't next to go upto object expands and just push okay on that will change it from a line segment into shapes. If I change, it's your black outline with no fell. You can see all these pill shapes now select all of the shapes on on the Pathfinder Click Unite on that will change it to one big shape. This would actually be a really good shape to use as the center of the fire was Well. But what I'm going to do now is I'm going to take this car, niv cookie cutters flower shape and use it to create who snapped the mum. To do that, I'm going to select my shape and go up to effect, distort and transform transform. This time I want it to rotate around the center, so I'll leave the center box selected. I also wanted to get smaller as it rotates Edwards, so I'm going to scale it down. I'll try 80% when you scale. This way. It's relative, meaning that each copy is 80% smaller than the one that came before it. If I create four copies, you'll see what I mean. When you scale this way, you'll often end up having to take it by hand is it won't scale exactly how you want it, but it will give you a good start. I also want these to rotate as they get smaller. I want you charge 20 degrees to see if that lines them up. How I want TEM. Just click somewhere else in the dialog box to see the preview, and that's actually perfect. But now I think I'll change the scale percent so they get just a little bit smaller. I'd like the points tow line up with the bumps, so I may have to tweak it. Once I might have to transform effect Panelas Well, if you remember from last time we used to transform Teoh only the original shape is creditable. So what I need to do this time is go upto object, expand appearance. And if I give them a fill right now, you can his easily see that the layers stack is in the opposite order that I wanted in. So I'll just quickly reorder them by dragging the layers in the layers panel and also on group it so that I can change. The size is just obits and for this flower, since there's already a lot going on, I'll just give it a simple round ellipse center, just like the 1st 1 using my smart guides to find the center, hold down, shift adult and pull it a perfectly round circle using the ellipse toe. That's actually the three main methods I use procure eating flowers in Illustrator. I'm sure there's many more, and you could find more by playing around with the different transforms tools. What I want to do now is show you how you can make totally different flowers, just starting with different shapes. Using that second method of making a flower, I'm going to speed everything up here, but what I'm doing is creating a very small pedal shape using the same method that we used to create the part of shape earlier. It's just a skinny pedal. Again, I'll open up the chance for effect panel remembering to click on the bottom middle square. I'm going to charge 12 pedals, so that's 11 copies. I don't let illustrator do the mouth for me. 360 divided by 12. Now I think maybe 13 pedals will fill in the flower. Nicer. Making changes in the Transform Effect panel is just so easy, and now we'll edit the shape of the original puddle. I'll change it to more of a teardrop shape with appointed ants. If you remember, we only have to change one. I will also change the size of big a bit, just using the bounding box. And then we'll finish off this daisy type flower by copying the flower shape for my chrysanthemum. Using the transform effect, you could use almost any shapes creative flower, but a heart. Jake makes a really great pedal and is really interesting shape. To start with there to really easy ways to create a heart and illustrator, I'll just slow down a little and show you the first way is to start with the Ellipse too well and create a perfect circle with your direct selection tools like the top anchor points. Hold down Ault and pull up on the handle. Do the same on the other side, but this time don't hold down off. Try to get them as even as possible and then do the same on the bottom. Select that top anchor point again and use your arrow keys to move it downwards until it looks like a heart. I always have to come back up any of those top handles a game. This is a pretty fat little heart, and it's kind of cute. But since I wanted to be a pedal under that bottom anchor point down just a little bit more to give it more of a petal shape. Another easy way to create a heart. And I actually just learned this myself is to start with the pen tool with a no Phil and a stroke of black make a kind of Z shape, and again, I never get the shape right on my first try. But it's so easy to add itself in Illustrator that it really doesn't matter on just like when we made her percent. The mum Go up to the stroke panel, change the capture round cap and click in the weight field. Use the up era on your keyboard to increase the wait until heart appears. Now we'll just adjust the anchor points until it looks right to me. If I was just making a heart and not a puddle and move the bottom anchor point up but in making a pedal so I'll move it back down on. Then, if you remember, go up to object. Expand. I'm just click, OK, I'm not create your heart shape. And now I'll just use the transform effect to make these hearts into flowers. If you remember its effect, transform and distort transform. Remember to click this A middle bottom square on this one's pretty fat, so I'm guessing it's £5. So 360 divided by five and four copies. That actually looks pretty good, so I'll just push Okay, analogies, the same with the other one. This time I think six pedals will fill in the flower, so five copies and 60 degrees. I will just leave it like this and I'll change the shape of the pedal If you hold down, shift and pull down on the bounding box, it will make the pedal shorter and leave the center point the same and then hold down Alz and pull out on the bounding box to make it fatter on both sides of the pedals. Now I'll create the centerpieces using techniques we've already learned. I'll use the polygon tool and create a 12 sided polygon with the radius of 25 pixels, and then I'll go up to effect student transform, pucker and bloat. This time all pucker ISS and don't forget to go to object. Expand appearance. And so the other one. I'll start with the circle using the Ellipse tool and then I'll go up to effect. Distort and transform is exact, but this time I'll do a pointy kind of starburst shape. I'm not just a really easy basically is to make flowers and illustrator, you could play around with different shapes and effects all day and see what kinds of cool flowers you can make. Now that I've finished making my basic flower shapes, I just want to show you a couple of really easy waste at a few more details to your flowers . The first thing. I'll show us how to make a statement all created on this fire right here. So I'll just zoom in and make sure I'm working on that layer. Start by Koerting Circle using the Ellipse tool. I'm them. Use the pen to create this stunt. Now I'll just change the layer. Order in the layers panel so the center pieces on top and the stem is behind the circle. Now select the ramp, Ease Anistan and group them by going upto object group or control. G command you on the back. If you don't have them group, they'll rotate independently. Now with that group selected. Go up two effects. Distort and transform Transform. I'm just like when we created the flowers rotated on the bottom of the bounding books. There are seven pedals, so well, type in 360 divided by seven and six copies and click OK. Another thing you might want to do on one of your flowers is create a rico or increase with your pen tool and a feel of none. Just pull out a small curved line I'm going to use with Profile four, which is the triangle shaped one and then with the line selected. Double click on the reflect tool to bring up the dialogue box, reflect it vertically and pushed copy, nudged them into place and reorder the layer in the layers stack. So the center pieces on top. I'm just going to give my pedal away, Phil. I think I accidentally turned it off earlier to rid rotate copies of these into place also like both of the wrinkles and then with my rotate to ah ah, quick right in the center of the flower. You should have some sort of indicator come up to show you when you have the center. Now hold down Alz, which will make these double arrow show up and pull out a copy until you think it's placed correctly and let go. You have to click in the center every time, hold down bolts and pull, and just repeat the process until you've created increases on all of your pedals. That's just a really quick and easy way to duplicate things on a rotation. I wouldn't use this method if I needed an exact irritation. I would just use it for quick and dirty jobs. On that is the end of this lesson on creating flowers and also you in the next Listen when we will create some leaves to go with our flowers. 4. Creating the Leaves: in this lesson. I'm just going to show you two really simple ways to make Leafs and illustrator um, for both of them. We're going to start with the basic teardrop shape. So starting with the Ellipse tool create a perfect circle by holding down shift and ALTs. I don't know if you can see this really Light shed blues off has changed the layer color with the direct selection tool, grabbed the top anchor point and nudge it upwards by holding them shift on the up arrow and a game. I could use the convert to corner, but but I like to have more control over the angle. So instead all holds out Ault and pulled down the handle and do the same on the other side . Without holding Dan Balz, you can change the shape if you want. Make it longer or shorter, however you want it. Once you're happy with the shape, you can create veins with the pentacle. It's really easy. Just click and click. If you hold down shift, it will make perfectly straight lines and lines on a 45 degree angle, and I just hold down bolts and pulled up to make a copy. If you want the lines to be the exact same on the other side, you can select them and double click on the reflect too well and reflect them vertically. Click copy instead of okay, I'm just lunch them into place using the arrow keys. You could also draw them with the pencil if you don't want them to be the exact same on either side For the second leaf, I'll just create a copy of the first leaf shape we created by holding down, out and pulling a copy over to this side. Now, with my direct selection to ah, I'll give it a more organic shape by just pulling up the handles of beds, giving it a bit of a curve shape. Next, we'll use the pencil to create the vein. Ziggy. This time I'll put the handles to give it more of a curve and much the ends around with the direct selection tool until it's placed. How it like it's and I'll do the same to create the rest of the vase. It's really quick and easy, even if you're a little scared of the pencil and you could leave it like this. This actually looks fine, but what I'm going to do is change the brain so that their with profile for and as you can see this is going the opposite. When you that I would like it to. And if that happens to you, just open up the struck panel and click this button that says Foot belong. And now the sick part is at the bottom. I'll also make this thicker, and I'll do the same with smaller baits. Change them to with profile four and make them slightly thicker. If I zoom in here, you can see that up here. There's a little bit of over Hey, now I could nudge it around or change the stroke weight, but instead I'll just make sure it's lined up with the center of the center line and used the width tool, which is this one right here. Or shift over you. I'm just hover over the stroke that I want to change and then drag these hand with handles inwards and all those the same on the other one. This is one of my favorite tools for working with strokes, and what it does is just changes the width of the stroke and you can use it anywhere along the path, not just on the ends. Now it will do is select all of the veins and convert them to shapes by going up to object . Expands piers Every time you expand a stroke, it makes an insane number of anchor points, and anchor points are actually what your computer sees. So having a lot of unnecessary one adds a lot of weight to your file size. I've done this with hair before, and having a lot of points can be the difference between being able to run illustrator and illustrator crashing. So I just got into the habit of doing this. Every time I expanded stroke, go up to object half simplify. Make sure you check preview because it's going to do some weird stuff to your shapes. On Also Quick show original. Now move both the sliders to the rights close to the ends until the shapes air close to the original shapes that you created. As you can see, I've gone from 261 points to 35 points, which is amazing. This yellow is the original, and the blue is the new and as you can see they're almost the same. So I'm going to go ahead and push, okay? And now select all of the shapes that make up the veins and click unite on the Pathfinder panel. The next thing I obviously want to do is get rid of the bits that are outside the Lishi to do that. Oh, copy the leave shaped by grabbing it in the layers panel and playing it down to new layer, which creates, ah, copy exactly where the originalists and I'll just move it above the vein shape in the layer Step. Now select the leave shape that's on the top and the vein shape and on the Pathfinder, find her panel click crutch. And what that did was get rid of the bits of Ain't that we're outside, believe shape and also cut believe shape up so that all the pieces around the vein are separate shapes. If you want all of these to be separate shapes, you can leave it like this. I don't So what I'm going to do is grab the vein sheet and just pull it out of the group in the layers panel, and then I'll just select the group and pull it down to the garbage. Can I calm to delete it? Okay, now that we've learned the basic steps for creating flowers and leaves, I want you guys to create some flowers and at least one leaf. And for the first part of your class project, I would love it if you would share your flowers and lose. I think it'll be really cool to see the different shapes and methods that each of you years to create your flowers. I don't see in the next lesson where we'll start to color flowers and add more details. 5. Adding Color: in this lesson, we're just going to color our flowers and lease. These were the flowers and the leaf that I've chosen to use in my pattern. I felt that the number of flowers I created in the last less and it was to money for my pattern. So I just chose a few of my favorites to color on. Move on. I already went ahead and shows a pretty broad color palace on. They might still make changes to it as I move along, but you can see it right here in my swatches, pal. It's actually based on this color right here, which was the Pantone color of the Year for 2017 called greenery. And what is the color? I'm going to make my leaves. Let's just start with. I'm going to create a new layer and move it to the bottom of the layers back. I've also grabbed all of the stuff. I'm not moving and just moved it off to the side and locked and hidden the layers. I didn't want to delete anything, just in case I changed my mind later. I'm not happy with how these turn out, and I don't want to think? Oh, I wish I'd say about other flower. I always try to work non destructively, so I never have regrets about things I deleted. The first thing I'm going to do is decide on the color I want to use for the background. For my pattern. I'm going to be using this pale green. So on that new layer I just created, I'm going to make a square in that background color. This is just so that I could make sure all the colors I'm using foreign flowers look really nice. With that color, for example, I wouldn't want to get to the end and realized that my flowers blend in with the background too much or have a leaf that clashes with the background color. I've chosen and dressed all of attention away from my flowers. Make sure you walk that background layers so you're not accidentally selecting it as you move forward. The next thing that I'm going to dio is color my leaf. I'm going to be using the same leaf with all of my flowers. I've kind of decided I want to leaves with each and life flowers and I want them all to be the same colors. I'll just grab a copy of the leaf and moving into place as I color each flower. I don't want my leaves to draw too much attention. I've decided to make the veins the same color as the background so that they just blend in . And then I'll make the actually shape that greenery color that I talked about earlier. Make sure to group all of your flowers and leaves after you color them, as it's much easier to keep them together when you move them later. Next, I'm going to color my chrysanthemum just because I know for sure what I want to do with it . I'm going to select everything and turn off the stroke. That doesn't mean you can't use a stroke. I've just decided not to. I'm just going to quickly color this end, starting with one of the darker paint colors in my palette going toe the latest and then I'll copy the simple pattern of colors. Once I'm done at in the color l group the flower by selecting everything and hitting control G command, you on the map. I actually think this leave who might be a little bit big so I'll just drink it down before you even start putting it with my flowers that we will all be the same size, and I don't have to worry about it later to make room for the leaves. I'll just grab this flower and move it over, and I'll grab a copy of my leaf holding down out and just dragging out a copy. I'm just going to nudge it around and use the bounding box to rotate it, and then I'll use the reflect jewel to reflect it vertically and create a copy. I don't move the copy into place on the other side, and now I'll select everything and grip it, which will also move the leaves onto the same layer as the flower. And now we'll just move it out of the way. And I just thought of this Now I'm going to quickly make two copies of this flower by just pulling the layer down to the new layer icon in the layers panel and then just moving around so I can see them all. Now I'm going to make a chrysanthemum in each of my flower colors. I'm not in love with this blue so What I'm going to do is click up here on the color guide . If yours doesn't look like mine, just click this arrow and make sure you have tints and shades. Select it, and now I'll use a darker blue of the same color, and I'll move inwards on the flower, choosing lighter colors from our palate, just like I did with the pink. And now we'll do the same with the third Chrysanthemum, this time using purple and lock all of these layers, I'm going to move on. So this flower, I think I'm going to do it in purple. A swell. I'll start by making it. My second dark is purple color with no stroke. Then I'll create a coffee and change the fill color. So it's just a little bit later. And if you remember, I only have to change the size on one pedal and all the pedals will change. And again, I'm going to copy the shape by pulling it down to create your layer, and I'll make it even smaller by holding down shift to constrain the proportions. I actually wanted to be lighter than my life ISS color. So again I'll use the color guys. I'm going to make it almost weight or white. It was just a hint of purple. Now I'm going to select all of the petal shapes and go up to object. Expand appearance, which will make them all selectable if you'll notice they're all groups by color. Now I'm going to ungroomed everything by going to shift control G until none of the pedals or groups. And now I'm going to use grouping to reorder my pedals. I'll select each pedal stack and then group them a game. As you can see, what this did was reorder the pedals and the puddle stack so that all three different colors make up. Each petal are together, and now the darkest purple color is creating a bit of a border between the pedals. Now will change the stroke color on the wrinkles and make them just a little bit thicker. I'm not really happy with the position of some of them, so I'll just move them around a little for the centerpiece and going just stick with my color pattern of going from a darker color to a lighter color on. I'm still not really happy with those Regal's so I'll try this a lighter purple color and I'll just touch them. Iran's a little bit more, and now we'll select everything, group it and visit out of the way. And once again, I'll grab a copy of the leaf and rotated into place. I'm years. The reflect tool to create a second copy of the league and much of both the leaves into place, select everything and group them a game to keep them together. Since there's not that much to coloring, I'm going to speed things up while I finish coloring. Where flowers. I am going to stay with that same cover pattern of going from the dark color to the lighter color within the same color pilot. And the important things for you to remember while you're coloring your flowers is toe. Always expand the appearance on the pedals that you made with the transform to a once you're done color in them. You also want to remember to group the flowers or the flowers and the leaves when you're done coloring them as it will make it so much easier to move your stuff around in the next lesson. When we actually begin creating our patterns once you're done coloring all your flowers and your leaves, I'd love it if you could share your project up to now in the class project area and also in the next lesson, when we start putting all of our stuff together to create our actual pattern. 6. Creating the Pattern: really quick note about this lesson before we get started in this lesson, we're going to be creating patterns using the pattern maker, which is Onley in illustrators CS six and higher. If you have illustrator CS five and Lower, I created a lesson just for you guys. It will be the lesson after this one, but it do want you toe hanging in on this. Listen for just a little while and I'll tell you guys when you can stop and move onto the next lesson. If you have illustrator CS six and higher, you get Skip the next lesson as we're just going to be doing what we dio in this lesson in earlier versions of Illustrator. Hopefully that makes sense to everyone. Okay, so the first thing that we're going to do is select this background square that we created at the beginning of the last lesson and change the size. So it's 500 pixels by 500 picks is this is going to be really important to those of you who have CS five and below. For everybody else, it's just a nicer size to work with, and honestly, it's probably still whom to be way too big, but it'll be closer to these eyes we need in the end. Um, next since I'm done working with my outlines, I'll go to add it preferences, General. And now I want my strokes to scale when I recite my flowers. If I didn't have that checked, and I changed the size of one of my flowers Right now, this statement stem, for example, would stay at two pixels. No matter how big or small I need my flowers on, that might end up looking ridiculous. And I'm going to select all of my flowers and size them down to about half a size that they are right now. You might not have to do this. It will depend on the size of your flowers. What you want them to do is to be able to have roughly all of them fit inside that background square. And just remember to hold down shift when you change the size to constrain the proportions . And for those of you who have C s fiber lower, you can keep watching. If you want to see more of the aesthetics of why I put things where I did etcetera. Um, the lesson I may just review is going to be purely technical. So if you want a little more insight into what we're doing, go ahead and continue watching. If not, you can continue on to the next lesson where I will show you exactly house. You make a pattern in Illustrator CS five and lower and for everybody who's continuing it on with Illustrator CS six and higher. What I Want You to do. Right now, it's just grab all your flowers and leaves and make sure they're inside the border of that background. Square the placement Right now it doesn't matter. And then what I want you to do is look everything and go up to object pattern mate. And this little warning box is just going to pop up. It's just telling you that it's added the pattern to your swatches, and now we're in the partnered editor and you'll see that we have this patterns option panel. I like to name my new patterns, especially if I'm doing pattern packs. I can end up with a lot of new patterns, so it's just a really good habit to get into, and I'll just name this one flower pattern. I'm going to be using grid for the tile type, and the copies just changes the number of times the pattern ist style. I like to work with a nine by mine. Sometimes it's just easier to see mistakes in the pattern when you're looking at a larger sample, and I also like to dim my copy so I can easily tell which one I'm working on on. Then this is just your overlap. It just lets you know if the left or right side is in front. And if the top or bottom is inference, I like to work with the 2nd 1 selected. If you're creating your pattern and it's certainly not working, if it's cutting your elements off, just try switching needs around and see if a different one works better for you. I always work on the left side of the top, so having the 2nd 1 selected is always going to work for that. But I can't play stuff on the bottom or the right because that it's just not good to work. Um, as we've seen Illustrator fills in the pattern for us. So when you're working in pattern maker, you want to arrange your elements in pleasing manner, and the trick is you want to get a nice pattern that isn't too predictable. It's always a really good idea to zoom out and see how it looks. And this is where you'll spot the really predictable things as you can see what Isay amount . I have a line of purple with a small number of colors. I might actually always end up with a pattern inside my pattern, but I don't like this line of purple. I'm going to move my stuff around and just see if I can get a more pleasing pattern within my pattern. And right now, as you can see, I have a line of flowers. But actually kind of like it like this. There's this diagonal pattern to both the colors and then the type of flours, which I actually think May's an interesting partner and isn't predictable in such as when I had a line of purple just running straight through it, and now that I have my flowers placed where I like them, I'm finding this pattern just a little bit plane. So I'm going to try adding a little bit more in the background and what I'm going to do is add some spirals and I'll just see what that looks like. If you've never worked with spirals before, there's actually a spiral tool and ill straighter. And then making sure to point this out because I probably worked with Illustrator for two years before I found it, which maybe makes me dumb. But anyway, it's hiding in your lines That bit tool if I o How did you find it? A bit weird. No, while playing around it to figure out what all these numbers mean. Decay changes house virally. It is for lack of a better work, 100% decay will make a perfect circle, and 10% or lower will just make a curved line. I'm going to use 70% decay, which makes kind of a shovel shaped, and I'll just leave everything else at the defaults. The spiral is a way to smell, so I'll just pull it out to make it a little bit bigger. And I'll change the stroke color to one of my doctor agrees. I don't want it to send up too much, though, and I'll change the stroke weights. I know that I'm going to have to shrink this pattern down later. So I want a larger stroke that will shrink down nicely. And I think I'll change the stroke to our dash line. To do that, open up your stroke panel and check the dash line box. I'm going to zoom in so I could really see this. And I really don't like how this looks right now, so I'll change this drop some more. I'm just going to play around with numbers until I get something I like. But I'm going to keep in mind that I will need to strike it down later. If you make your dash line and your stroke the same size, you're going to get, um, little squares like this, which I think look nice. I'll move this layer down in the layers deck. I want all of my spirals to be below the flowers, and I'll also add a smaller spiral and lock that background layers. I'm not accidentally selecting it again. It's always best to work around the edges first. You don't want to place a bunch of stuff in the middle and then not have it look nice when you start adding elements to the edges and it starts duplicating them on the other side. And I can't really see the duplicated spirals. I'm going to bump the copies up to 100% now. I'm just holding on out so I can quickly call be the spirals and trusting enough of them into place behind the flowers. I'm trying to vary what this spirals will look like. I don't want them to have a predictable partner and every once in a while, just zoom out and look at the pattern as a whole. I can barely see my spirals, so I'll select one and then go up to select same stroke color, and that will select all of them. And I'll try the darker green, but with a lower opacity. Some of my spirals have a different stroke from her sizing them. I'll just make them all uniformed game zooming out to look at the pattern as a whole. I think this looks a lot better going to stop editing my pattern here. Once you're happy with your pattern, you can exit the pattern editor by cooking this arrow up here. Don't forget that if you're using illustrator CSX or higher, you can skip the next lesson as it's geared towards people who have illustrator CS five or lower and I will see you in the last lesson where we will be finishing off our patterns. 7. Creating the Pattern: CS5 and Lower: this lesson is for people who have illustrator CS five and lower or anyone who's interested in how to make a pattern out using the pattern maker tool. I know that Al Starter is really expensive, and I didn't want to leave anybody who's running an older version of illustrator outs. And I think it's actually really interesting to learn how to make a pattern without the pattern maker to Oh, So even if you have a newer version of Illustrator, you can go ahead and watch this video or even follow along the first thing you want to do in creating a pattern. Just take the background square and make a copy of it by just pulling it down to the new layer icon in the layers panel and then with the bottom one selected, and it has to be the bottom one in the layers stack. Remove any strokes and feels that it has. It has to have no stroke and no Phil or the pattern won't work and then lock the blank layer and lock the background layers just so you're not accidentally moving them later, these two layers must stay lined up perfectly and in place or your pattern is not gonna trance. As you can see, I've already placed three of my flowers. These are my flowers that are going to overlap the edges of the pattern. So what you want to do first, when you're placing your flowers is work on the top and the left hand side. Don't place anything that overlaps on the bottom and the right hand side because the top and the left are going toe overlap onto those sides. So place your flowers that are going to overlap on one side, but don't place any on the opposite side. Once you've your flowers that overlap the edges placed, select all of the flowers that overlap the top and go up to object. Transform, Move. If you'll remember, we made our background squares exactly 500 pixels by 500 pixels at the beginning of the last lesson. So I know that I need to move my top flowers 500 pixels vertically, and they will move to the bottom in the exact spot that I need them and then click Copy, Not okay, and now you need to do is take the flowers that overlap on the left hand side and do the same thing to copy them onto the right hand side. So select them all and then go up to object. Transform, move, and this time, move them 500 pixels horizontally and click copy. And now you can fill in the inside with the rest of your flowers. I'll just on hide mine, as I already have them placed. You want to make sure you don't move any of the flowers that overlap the inches since right now they're placed aligned perfectly once your pattern is tiled, so I'd highly recommend locking all those layers so you don't accidentally grab one and move it. Another thing I did when I was creating my pattern was I made a spiral in the background. If you're curious about the actual process of picking the color or placing it, you can watch the video right before this one. But it will show you really quickly how to make a spiral. It's actually in your line segment fly oats, and then you just click to bring up the dialogue box. The only numbers I worry about other raid radius, which is, of course, how big or small it is. I'm going to use 100 pixels and the DK, which is how spiral E it is for lack of a better word. Don't worry about the segment number. Honestly, it doesn't make a difference half the time anyway. The decay is really important, however, a 10% decay. We'll give you just a curve line like 1/4 circle, whereas I 100% decay will give you a circle. I'm going to use 70% which is like a shell spiral, and then I'll give it a stroke. That's the same color as my leaf and make it a little thicker. I'll also give it a dash line to make a dash line. Open up your stroke panel and just check dash line and then just play around with the dash and gap size until you get something you like. You can also give it a round cap, which makes circles or little pill shapes. But I like mine just like this little squares that were created by having the weight gap and dash all the same. And then I have it at an opacity of 50% because I thought it looked nicer and didn't distract from the other elements, which I want to be the main focus, but they still show up if you watch the other video. I had originally done these spirals in a lighter color while I was working on it, and they're really hard to see. I made three different sizes of spirals, and then I just rotated, reflected and nudge them into place behind the flowers. If you're interested in watching the process of mean placing them, you can go ahead and watch the lesson before this one. As like I said, I'm just going to show you the technical aspects of placing the spirals in this lesson. So just like when we place the flowers, you'll want to start by placing your spirals that go over the edges of the design on the left hand side and the topside first. And then, just like with the flowers, select all of the top ones and go up to object. Transform, move. If you'll remember, it's 500 pixels vertically to copy the top ones to the bottom, clicking copy not okay and then the same on the side object, transform, move. And this time it's horizontal. 500 pixels and copy and when she had the edges filled in all the way around. By the way, it's easier to do the edges first. That way you know well that where they will be placed and you won't be overlapping them as you feel in the middle. So once you have the edges placed, you can go ahead and fill in the middle until you have an arrangement that you like. And then to take this design and turn it into a pattern, make sure you unlock all of the layers so nothing gets left behind. And I cannot stress enough How important this box with no Phyllis without this, the pattern just isn't going to work. This is the thing that tells illustrator where to cut those overlapping elements anyway. When do you have anything? Everything arranged in all of your layers unlocked, slipped everything with your selection tool and drag it over to the swatches panel and release it. And that's how you make your pattern without the pattern maker tool you might find once you try it, your pattern that you actually have to rearrange some elements and recreate the pattern by dragging it over, and that's fine. It's really hard to make a pattern just right the first time, especially when you can't see it tiling. And that's what's nice about the pattern maker to on the newer versions of Illustrator Is You Can Preview. It's tiling while you're creating its. And that's the end of this lesson on creating a pattern in illustrator CS 500 earlier, and I'll see him the next listen when we finish off our patterns. 8. Finishing Touches & Conclusion: in this final lesson, we're just going to finish off our patterns. I'm just going to grab all of this and move it off to the side. So it's out of the way. And then I'll add a new layer right on top and make a square that's the same size is my art board, and I'll fill it with my pattern enamel Zoom in, so it's 100%. Preview those flowers air huge. Keep in mind this is a 12 inch by 12 inch art board. Now. I could go back in and edit the pattern to make everything smaller. But the easiest way to do it is to go up to object, transform scale and make sure unchecked transform objects. You just want transform patterns checked. Now put your cursor into the uniform field and push the down arrow on your keyboard. Just keep changing the size until it's a better size. Keep in mind the size of the art board and how many details you have in your pattern. If you have a lot of details, you don't want to go to small. I do have quite a few details in my flowers, so I think I'll just go to about 50% and push. Okay, and that's it. That's how to make a flower pattern in Illustrator. What I want you guys to do now is to save your final pattern and share it with the class. You might want to share just a small portion of it and not the whole 12 inch by 12 inch paper. If that's the size you made it, I really hope you enjoyed this class. If you did, please give it a thumbs up when you're prompted to do so or even write a review if he wants . I can't wait to see everybody's projects will look at and comment on all of them. And if you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thanks for watching.