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9 Videos (33m)
    • Course Trailer

    • Creating Patterns

    • Adjust and Making New Patterns

    • Swatch Palettes

    • Shading with Patterns

    • Adjusting Colors

    • Texturing Edges

    • Adding Grain

    • Thanks!


About This Class


For this class we’re going to be playing with patterns in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll show you the ins and outs of making all kinds of creative patterns. We’ll start with a basic dot halftone, then from there, we’ll explore endless pattern possibilities. Once all our patterns are built, I’ll show you a few ways I like to use them in my artwork.

Using halftones and other patterns for shading is great for giving your designs a more retro feel. I’ll also be showing you how to roughen up your illustration and add some textured grain to your artwork to push that retro flair just a little bit further.

59 of 59 students recommendSee All

Really easy to follow- broken down into understandable steps
Nice intro to custom halftone patterns for shading vector illustrations or as a helpful refresher and practice for more experienced Ai users. I really enjoy Jamie's teaching style and presentations.
Kate Ingram

{art and soul}

I really enjoyed this class. In clear tips and processes that make sense for the design, Jamie shows how to make and save custom patterns to your swatch palette and apply subtle shading to your flat vector art with pattern fills. She also shows those extra touches of roughening edges, adding texture grain to give your flat design an added push towards illustrative style. The project was quick and scalable to this course.
David Hackett

UX/UI and Visual Designer





Jamie Bartlett

Graphic designer and left-handed letterer


Jamie Bartlett is a graphic designer and left-handed letterer working out of Denver, CO. She graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Graphic Design and now runs a shop for her hand lettered designs and fonts. Her work reflects everything she loves in life: a good cup of coffee, nerdy design terms, tandem bikes, road trips, and so much more.

Check out all Jamie's classes to learn her tricks of the trade. 

To see what she's up to now, follow her on Instagram and Dribbble.