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

I really enjoyed this class, very clear and straight to the point. Also learnt great tips like using the blending tool to create your own color swatches. Thank you very much for sharing Daniela!
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





Daniela ⚘ Usurelu

Self-taught graphic & pattern designer

August 2018:

1. NEW CLASS PUBLISHED: Join my latest class "Design an Art Deco Pattern in Illustrator" and learn how to create an Art Deco repeatable pattern, how to save the repeat block or swatch, upload your design on Spoonflower and have it printed on fabric! 

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