Pattern Design: Creating Seamless Repeats in Illustrator

Abby Hersey, I draw things. I make things. I love coffee.

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5 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Illustrator Intro

      1:37
    • 2. Types of Repeats

      3:41
    • 3. Creating a Square Repeat

      9:38
    • 4. Creating a Half Drop Repeat

      6:35
    • 5. Conclusion

      1:11

About This Class

Seamless repeating patterns are a wonderful way to use your artwork to create fabric, apparel, home goods, wall covering, stationery, and more! Join surface pattern designer & illustrator Abby Hersey as she shares her process for creating seamless repeating patterns in Illustrator. Using existing artwork, you’ll arrange motifs into two types of seamless repeats.

Lessons will cover:

  • Types of repeats and directionality
  • Arranging motifs into a square repeat
  • How to create a half-drop repeat
  • Testing your repeats to ensure they are seamless

Basic Adobe Illustrator experience is required. Motifs are provided for the project, but you’re encouraged to use your own vector artwork to create your repeats.