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12 Videos (1h 27m)
    • Intro

      0:28
    • Project

      0:24
    • Breaking Down Patterns

      8:22
    • The Big Secret

      0:38
    • Grouping, Arranging, and Layers

      21:01
    • Making Motifs

      1:04
    • Getting the Idea Down

      10:48
    • Tiling Pt I

      13:21
    • Tiling Pt II

      15:12
    • Finishing

      14:20
    • Saving

      1:27
    • Thank You!

      0:21
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About This Class

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Hey!

In my first Pattern Play (series) class we learned a workflow that combines Illustrator and Photoshop to create a final pattern. In this Pattern Play class we'll learn a process to create a tile that has multiple layers of repeats! We’ll leverage the help of groups, arranging, and layers to keep our workspace organized, we’ll cover best practices for manually building the pattern tile, and take a look at some color tools and effects.

When you're done with this course you'll not only be able to make beautiful, multi-layer patterns, but you'll be able to look out for common pitfalls in amateur patterns, and have an organizational system within Illustrator that can help you on any project you create in the program. That's a lot of great stuff! I hope you'll pay me back by showing your super, awesome, unique project. Talk to us about your process and show off that hard work you did. Okay, I'll let you get to class now. 

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p.s. are you on Instagram? I am! (too much..)

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B L U S H (here's what other, really nice people have said about my other Pattern Play class)

  • So far this is the best repeating pattern class I've watched on Skillshare. -Katherine Moran
  • A very detailed and descriptive class, it was a joy to learn. I recommend this class for anyone interested in surface design.-Karen E.
  • Loved the class, super useful techniques and tips. Dylan explains really well and is great to listen to! -Boris Dimitrov

(Thanks, guys. Hearing that stuff is the best!)

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This clear set of instructions by Dylan is fantastic! I love learning from her as she explains everything so clearly and shows you each step. I now feel more confident in working with complex patterns. Thanks, Dylan!
Delores Orridge Naskrent

Creative Explorer

This is one of my absolute favorite pattern classes! Already quite familiar with making patterns in illustrator Dylan still adds to my tool kit and I love the crystal clear way she talks you through the process. If you are new to this she's one of the best to guide you through this sometimes not so user friendly software and make it understandable! Take all her classes!
Maria Larsson

Illustrator and surface pattern designer

Excellent video with lots of great tips! Thank you, Dylan!!

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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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