Repeat Patterns Made Easy, in Illustrator

Daniela ⚘ Usurelu, Self-taught graphic & pattern designer

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11 Videos (35m)
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    • Introduction

    • About patterns

    • Choosing pattern theme

    • Moodboards: Collecting inspiration

    • Create new document in Illustrator

    • Inspiring colors

    • Working on main motif

    • Making the pattern

    • Making the repeat block

    • Thank you!


About This Class

Always wondered how repeat patterns are made? Not anymore! During this class you will learn how to easily and effortlessly make a seamless repeat in Illustrator. Join Daniela as she shares her process for creating complex patterns through one of her favorite projects: designing your "happy place" pattern! Whether it's reading or dancing, climbing or sipping tea in the afternoon, transform your artwork into beautiful complex repeat patterns that are all about your quirky personality!

From selecting a theme to final adjustments, this step-by-step process will make pattern design a breeze. Key lessons include:

  • Researching themes & creating mood boards
  • Transforming ideas to motifs
  • Mastering the pattern tile

This class is perfect for beginners ready to learn a new skill or experienced designers looking for a fun alternative way to making patterns. When finished, you’ll have a beautiful and highly personalized pattern that you can have printed on fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap for your own projects or even can offer it for sale!


Minimum basic Illustrator (& Photoshop) skills

Illustrator (Daniela is using CS6)

Photoshop (for showcasing artwork using mockups)


24 of 24 students recommendSee All

Great class!
fabulous, concise, clear instructions for creating simple repeats in illustrator. Nice and short, but straight to the point. She doesn't talk too fast to take notes while you watch without pausing, which is really useful and anything important, like specific keyboard shortcuts, are clearly displayed on-screen so you don't miss them. I like that she gives a couple of different methods so you can go with the one that works best for you. Thanks Daniela!





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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