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

Awesome! I didn't even know what a half-drop pattern is :)
Emanuela Dadarlat

IMA | Designer | Founder of ART'EM

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





Daniela ⚘ Usurelu

Self-taught graphic & pattern designer

July 2018:

1. NEW CLASS COMING UP SOON: I am pleased to announce that I am working on a new class for surface pattern makers - Design an Art Deco Pattern, in Illustrator. It's been a while since my last class, but this break has a beautiful reason behind: I've become a Mom! Keep tuned for new artwork and new classes, in the rhythm that Baby allows me to :) 

2. LATEST CLASS: I am happy to announce that I have published a new short class! Have a look at "Pattern ...

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