Creating Repeating Patterns with Hand-Drawn Elements in Illustrator Premium class

Melissa Meyerson, Pattern Lover, Teacher

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11 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Raw Material

    • Pattern Brushes

    • Pattern Brushes and Transformations

    • Color Swatches

    • Live Paint

    • Manual Pattern Tile

    • Pattern Maker Tool

    • Color and Pattern Library

    • Final Project

    • Printing your Surface Pattern Designs


About This Class


This is an Introductory level class for Surface Pattern Design.  

Using hand-drawn elements and Illustrators' Pattern Brush tool, students start by making lots of fun, easy motifs.  The class also covers the coloring process, including creating swatches, and using the Live Paint and Recolor Artwork tools.  Students will learn how to create a "traditional" swatch, as well as experiment with the Pattern Maker tool, in order to create repeating pattern designs.  

By the end of the class, students will have numerous decorative patterned papers to print and use for numerous DIY projects.  

A Template is included for the Final Project, which is a set of 5 Decorative Papers.  I also included a Tool Settings information sheet.

Quick note: In my Intro video, I used a few product templates provided by designer Elizabeth Olwen, in her Skillshare class:  Pattern Design: Bring Your Artwork to Life on Products.  I highly recommend this class, as well as her other courses.  I also recommend all of Bonnie Christine's courses here on Skillshare.  But don't stop there, Skillshare has a lot of great pattern courses that you will find just by doing a search for Pattern Design.  

I really hope you enjoy the course!!  Ask any questions at any time and I will respond as soon as possible.

24 of 24 students recommendSee All

Lots of great pattern making tips and tricks.
Loved her style, way to explain, creativity
Nice illustrator tutorial with patterns
Jimmy Cruz

Love Art, Music, Design and Photoshop





Melissa Meyerson

Pattern Lover, Teacher

My name is Melissa.  I am always happiest when I'm a part of any creative community.  My first passion was black line art. I tried many other mediums in an effort to expand and grow as a creative, and then I discovered and fell madly in love with Digital Pattern Design.  

I had a lot to learn, and I was so grateful for all the online opportunities available, as I took on these new learning curves.   

I am now a graduate of all 4 Modules of the very popular, Make It In Design Courses, run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton.  I was thrilled to have one of my designs recently selected for The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol.2, within the Global Geometric category.  

I LOVE that Skillshare is here for all creatives, and I'm really excited to finally enter the community as a new teacher.  I personally learned a lot through experimentation and always strived to have innovative ideas.  My goal is to share my creative experiments with you, hoping that it will inspire you with some new ideas. 

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