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Pattern Recipes: How to Create Pattern Templates You Can Reuse

Shannon McNab, Surface Designer & Illustrator

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11 Videos (45m)
    • Class Intro

    • Benefits to Building Templates

    • Building Proper Repeats in AI & PS

    • Template Best Practices

    • Building the Grid Pattern Template

    • Half Drop Grid Patterns

    • Versatility of the Grid Pattern Template

    • Linear Toss Pattern Template

    • Building You Own Linear Toss Repeat

    • How to Fix Unbalanced Patterns

    • Final Thoughts + Your Assignment

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About This Class

In this class, I'll show you exactly how to build and utilize two different pattern templates. Then I'll show you how to maximize their potential with just a few minutes of experimentation and how to fix them, if they are feel unbalanced.

Once you learn this method, you won't always have to start from scratch when creating patterns  – meaning its a HUGE time saver!

42 of 42 students recommendSee All

Wow! You’ve done an excellent job of putting words and explanations to my “gut” feelings and experiences when creating patterns. Thanks for this great addition to my creative toolbox!
great technique to save time!!
Raquel Torres

Freelance Surface Pattern Designer

So many great tips on making patterns and helping with your work flow. Thank you for sharing how you create templates with great detail.





Shannon McNab

Surface Designer & Illustrator

Hi, I'm Shannon McNab, a surface designer with a playfully colorful design aesthetic who's obsessed with patterns. I have a passion for helping other designers maximize their time and gain confidence in their design skills - something I hope to achieve with teaching here.

I also run The Creativity Clan, a group for aspiring designers and small business creatives. All my Skillshare students are encouraged to join! You can also sign up for my newsletter to receive members-only worksheet...

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