Reign Repeats: Learn Adobe Illustrator Basics to Create a Faux-Pattern

MaJo Bautista V, Owner and Designer at MaJoBV

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12 Videos (1h 35m)
    • Intro lesson

    • The Class Project

    • The Workspace

    • The Essentials

    • Shape tools

    • Line tools

    • Selection tools

    • Pen tools

    • Drawing tools

    • Erase, Cut & Divide tools

    • The Final Exercise

    • Hotkeys


About This Class

Adobe Illustrator is a wonderful software that will certainly help you materialize your ideas. However, it can be very intimidating if you are new to it, or you might just not be using it to its full potential. In this 90-minute class, you'll learn the basics of using Illustrator through detailed video tutorials.

This class is the first one of the Reign Repeats series, and it is meant to help you learn the fundamental Illustrator skills you'll need later in the series to be able to use the software to create beautiful and seamless repeat patterns. It is perfect for those who have never ever even opened Illustrator, new designers, illustrators and everyone interested in Surface Pattern Design.

By the end of the class, you will have lost the fear of that grey workspace, and you will have acquired the skills to replicate a basic illustration, trace over some of my motifs, modify them to make them yours and finally, create a faux-pattern with them.

29 of 32 students recommendSee All

this class is great for beginners or for someone like me who hasn't used the software for awhile and needed a significant refresher course for Adobe CC. The best part is she doesn't over-explain or talk incessantly...she sticks to the point!
Linda Naughton

Designer, Maker, Chipmunk Whisperer

Majo, Well done. I am going to rewatch now. Awesome. I am learning so much already. great lessons!! Watched both, did theblessons. Now im going to watch them again. Thanks for posting the lessons!! Please add more illustrator lessons for textile design!! Thanks, Vanessa
This is a great class. It is great for learning fundamentals.





MaJo Bautista V

Owner and Designer at MaJoBV

I’m a Colombian fashion, textile & surface pattern designer (and a nail-art aficionado) living in Milan and in love with my work. I have over 4 years of experience in the fashion world; two of which have been focused on my passion for textile design. 

I have designed evening-wear collections in Asia, created costumes for belly dancers and performers in my home country and Europe, and will soon have some of my designs featured in the book Patternbase: a Collection of Contemporary Textile and Surface Design.

Last year I started my own surface pattern design brand MaJoBV, and have recently signed a licensing deal with Artscase. I'm happily working on some other deals so that I can have my creations licensed all around the world. In addition, I'm developing my own product line. I sell my work on my SpoonflowerEnvelop and Society6 shops and my repeat patterns on PatternDesign

I studied 4 (out of 5) years of Industrial Design in Colombia, graduated from Fashion & Textile design in Milan, and have taken short courses focusing (but not only) on textile printing techniques (Central Saint Martins, London) and surface pattern design (The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course). I have been using Adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and other design programs (like Freehand and Corel Draw) for almost 15 years.