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Pattern Play: Combining Illustrator and Photoshop

Dylan Mierzwinski, Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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15 Videos (1h 36m)
    • Pattern Play Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Process Overview

    • Sketches

    • Drawing with the Pen Tool

    • Drawing with the Pencil Tool

    • Building Shapes

    • Accent Lines

    • Creating the Tile Repeat

    • Playing with Color

    • Exporting from Illustrator

    • Adding Hand Drawn Lines

    • Painting

    • Final Tile

    • Thank You!

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About This Class


In this class I show you my workflow for creating patterns using both Illustrator and Photoshop. We’re going to use Illustrator to build shapes, construct pattern repeats, and play around with color palettes. Then we’ll bring the patterns into Photoshop to add hand sketched elements and build dimension and texture.

I love illustrator for its fluidity with creating shapes and changing colors, but I love Photoshop for it's ability to add depth and artistic texture. You don't have to choose one or the other! Play with each program's strengths to create a final pattern repeat that you're proud to call your own.

This class is suitable for intermediate beginners. We briefly touch on a technique for bringing hand drawn lines into Photoshop, which can be learned more in depth in my first class: Digitizing Hand Drawn Sketches.

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A lot of good information here. A very useful class.
Wonderful class! I thoroughly enjoyed creating my first digitized pattern. Dylan is an excellent teacher--she's thorough and clearly explains each step. I would highly recommend her and this class.
Definitely, this class is a 5-star class. There are so many techniques explained here that it makes it difficult to say which ones are the best and most useful. If you are into designing patterns with a hand-drawn look, this class is a must!





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

My name's Dylan and I'm a strange combination of creative endeavors. From mixing cereals and making sand art as a kid, to graphic design, illustration, sewing, and general craft enthusiasm as an adult, creating and making beautiful things has not only been my constant, but an obsession. With an everlasting love of learning and trying things with my own hands, I've found joy in sharing what I've learned along the way in my six years as a professional graphic designer turned ill...

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