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Pattern Play: Combining Illustrator and Photoshop

Dylan Mierzwinski, Illustrator | Sewist | INFJ

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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!


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.

224 of 224 students recommendSee All

Great class. Very informative and well presented.
Jodi Lynn Iacino

Enthusiastic Explorer of Art and Design

so many tips and goodness in these tutorial videos! never really thought of ways of combining AI with PS but here;s a great way to do that!
Raquel Torres

Freelance Surface Pattern Designer

Thanks Dylan! I learned lots of great tips for working in Illustrator, and also watched your class about digitizing sketches, where I learned some new Photoshop tricks. Like you, I started out working in Photoshop and then abandoned it for a long period after getting more comfortable in Illustrator. It was so helpful to see a video that helps bridge the gaps between these programs, and I'm excited to keep playing!





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator | Sewist | INFJ

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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