Pattern Toolbox: Create a Half-Drop Pattern

Daniela ⚘ Usurelu, Self-taught graphic & pattern designer

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6 Videos (16m)
    • Intro

    • Class Description

    • Basic vs Half Drop

    • Build the repeat tile

    • Using the pattern tool

    • Create Project and Thanks


About This Class


Welcome to my Pattern Toolbox short classes, specifically designed for Illustrator pattern makers. In this short, bite-size class we will focus on tips and tricks to make a half-drop repeat pattern!

I will take you through some examples of basic and half-drop repeats and the differences between them. This class shares my method of creating a half-drop repeat (brick by row or brick by column), using both the automated Pattern Tool, as well as the old-fashioned manual way. I will share tips and tricks to design an intricate, consistent repeat tile! 

For a detailed, step-by-step process on how to create a seamless repeat pattern, take my class "Repeat Patterns Made Easy, in Illustrator".

Key lessons include:

  • Basic vs. Half-Drop repeat
  • How to create an intricate repeat tile
  • Using the Pattern Tool to create a brick by row pattern
  • Using the Clipping Mask to create a brick by column pattern


Minimum basic Illustrator (& Photoshop) skills

Illustrator (Daniela is using CS6)

This class is part of my short, bite-size classes specifically designed for Illustrator pattern makers. Other topics include:

Pattern Toolbox: Easy Way to Recolor Patterns tips and tricks to make recoloring and choosing color palettes easy and fun!

Happy Making!

Daniela ⚘

9 of 11 students recommendSee All

Daniela's flower patterns are always so appealing and fresh! In this class, her more abstract pattern is also very attractive and it's great to see her make it, while learning more about Illustrator.
Lucy Lambriex

Photo & video teacher for the camera shy

Never though creating patterns would be so fun.. Thanks for teh class.
Jay Mayu

Illustrator & Software Developer

Daniella provides a lot of useful ideas on how to disguise the repeat unit of a complex pattern, and how to do it simply. The end result is a free all-over polychromatic pattern of abstract elements that looks seamless.
Chris Heath

Writer | Designer | Illustrator





Daniela ⚘ Usurelu

Self-taught graphic & pattern designer

April 2018:

1. NEW CLASS: I am happy to announce that I have published a new short class! Have a look at "Pattern Toolbox: Create a Half-Drop Pattern" to see my tips and tricks on creating an effective half-drop pattern, in Illustrator!
2. CONTEST ALERT: congratulations are in order for Maria D. who posted a project in the class "Design Intricate Flowers from Simple Illustrator Shapes" and won 3 months of Skillshare Premium Membership. Keep tuned: new classes are in the...

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