Think Outside of the Grid! A guide to building patterns that are anything but square. | Kristina Hultkrantz | Skillshare

Think Outside of the Grid! A guide to building patterns that are anything but square.

Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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8 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. Class Intro & Your Class Project

    • 2. Supplies & Pep Talk

    • 3. Basics & Intro to the Pattern Make Tool

    • 4. Create a Pattern with 3-5 Motifs

    • 5. Create a Pattern with Multiple Motifs

    • 6. The Recolor Artwork Tool

    • 7. Saving Your Final Swatch File

    • 8. Thank you for watching!

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About This Class



This class is geared towards students who are in the process of learning the basics of pattern design. I will bring you step by step through all my tips and tricks when creating patterns from start to finish that are visually interesting and unique using the amazing help of Illustrator's Pattern Make Tool. I never ever build my patterns on a square standard repeat and in this class I invite you to think outside of the grid! I also encourage even seasoned pattern designers to take this course. I hope that my tips and tricks can inspire you to possibly try something new in your pattern making process or help you save time or a pinch of frustration.



Supplies you will need to create the class project:

• A computer with Adobe Illustrator. That's it!

• You will also need finished vector artwork that you have previously created. I will not be going over how to vectorize your artwork, how to create motifs in illustrator or on the iPad Pro. All of my motifs have been drawn on the iPad Pro in the app Adobe Draw.



In this class I will be sharing my techniques for creating patterns of all shapes, sizes, styles, and intricacy using 1 motif, 3-5 motifs, and an intricate pattern with countless motifs. I will share my process for building patterns so they are visually interesting and complex in Illustrator’s amazing Pattern Make Tool. I will also bring you along as I finalize a pattern with different colorways (pushing yourself out of your color comfort zone) using Illustrator’s Recolor Artwork Tool. And then finally I will share how to export your final pattern swatches for print on demand sites such as Spoonflower etc. or to a client if you end up selling your work.

We will cover the following:

  • The basics of creating a seamless repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator.
  • How to use the Pattern Make Tool.
  • My process plus tips and tricks for making unique and interesting patterns.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to better your workflow.
  • How to use the Recolor Artwork Tool.
  • How to finalize and save your final swatch. 

If you've previously been confused by Illustrator's Pattern Make Tool, or have been a little intimidated by it I hope that this class will help you become way more familiar and help you to test out new pattern options that you might not have figured out on your own. This is why I personally love to use the tool!


I am so excited to share my tips with you and to see what you all come up with in your class projects!

Xoxo Kristina

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