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)


26 of 26 students recommendSee All

Nice....finally made the time to watch it! This class shows me again how different people work in the same software :D You really have a talent for making patterns! For me it was interesting how you used the blend tool to get the in between colors & finding out there was an actual pattern tool - haha. Awesome!
Emanuela Dadarlat

IMA | Designer | Founder of ART'EM

Daniela provides wonderful tips and techniques in making this process fun and easy!!!
Chris V

Artist, Designer, Maker

Great class!





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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