Truchet Patterns: Code Your First Illustrator Script for Easy Generative Tile Art

Melissa Wiederrecht Generative Art, Generative Design, Creative Code

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15 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Before We Begin

    • 3. What Are Truchet Patterns?

    • 4. What Makes A Good Truchet Tile?

    • 5. First Tile

    • 6. Script: Copy and Move

    • 7. Script: Randomly Rotate

    • 8. Script: One Full Row of Tiles

    • 9. Script: Full Pattern

    • 10. Classic Truchet Tiles

    • 11. Merge The Pattern

    • 12. Large vs. Small Repeat

    • 13. Seamless Diagonal Line Pattern

    • 14. Your Project

    • 15. Thank you and Next Steps


About This Class


Welcome to "Truchet Patterns: Code Your First Illustrator Script for Easy Generative Tile Art"!  Generative art, creative coding??? What's that?

WELL, have you ever wondered if there wasn't some little bit of magic that might make awesome patterns appear instantly in Adobe Illustrator?  Have you seen patterns like the ones decorating this description and thought... wow... how on earth are those made?

It turns out... these patterns are EASY... and can be made in mere seconds with a tiny bit of code.

Code?  What?  You?  Yes!!!  It's not as hard as you think and I am here to hold your hand on the way to writing you first Illustrator script.


In this class you will:

  • Gain confidence with simple code
  • Learn to appreciate the simple rules that make awesome Truchet patterns
  • Gain all the tools you need to make original Truchet patterns
  • Develop real (awesome) patterns for your portfolio (and quickly!)


We will cover:

  • What Truchet tiles are and how they work
  • How to design Truchet tiles in Adobe Illustrator
  • How to write a simple script for Adobe Illustrator to make a random Truchet pattern in seconds.  (And understand how the code actually works!)
  • Lots of ideas for making new original patterns


This class is for:

  • Intermediate to advanced Illustrator users (or the adventurous beginner)
  • Those who want to try simple Illustrator scripting
  • Those who wonder how such complicated looking patterns are made (they aren’t complicated)
  • Pattern designers who want a new and unique skill under their belt
  • OR the geeky at heart... like me ;)


If you are ready to dive into the world of Generative Art and Creative Coding with a simple script to make Truchet Patterns in Adobe Illustrator, then let's get started right now!