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Patterns & Principles: Learn To Create Patterns By Using Principles, Part 1

teacher avatar Hans Fleurimont, Author, Educator & Graphic Artist

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10 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Patterns & Principles Grid Part 1

    • 3. P&P Grid Part 2

    • 4. The Fibonacci Sequence Grid

    • 5. ideation Process & First Sketch

    • 6. Second Sketch & The Reflection Technique

    • 7. Digital Construction of Graphic Pattern

    • 8. The Tessellation Process

    • 9. The Rotation Technique

    • 10. Outro

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About This Class

This course teaches you how to create patterns using Adobe Illustrator. In it we will cover several tools and techniques that will help increase your skills in pattern creation. The main topics that will discussed are:

  • How to create and use a Pattern & Principle Grid system
  • A Technique using the Fibonacci Sequence
  • Ideation and sketching Techniques
  • How to create and use a Reflection Technique
  • How to use a Rotation Duplication Technique
  • 2 Pattern Tessellation Techniques

At the end of this course you should have a deeper understanding of how you can use adobe illustrator to help create pattern designs.  

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Hans Fleurimont

Author, Educator & Graphic Artist



My name is Hans Fleurimont. I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1985 where and I grew up with an appreciation for the visual arts. I am currently a graphic artist who has become a teacher & mentor, sharing my knowledge and experience to the world. I first started drawing comic book heroes in middle school and from there I couldn't stop.

At the age of 17, I joined the United States Army in November 2004. I served for three years and ten months and specialized in field artillery as a forward observer. I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington and I did one 15 month tour in Iraq. I left the service in September 2008 and I started a new journey.

 In April 2010 I began going to school at The Art Institute of New York City, where ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hey there. And I just want to welcome you toe my course. This course is really about me sharing several techniques that I use when I create pattern designs. I consider this an advanced level course, meaning that you'll need to have some knowledge and access to Adobe Illustrator to do. Ah, a majority of the techniques. Now, if you don't have access to it, that, unfortunately, you won't be able to use a lot of stuff that I show you inside courts itself. However, I still encourage you to check out the course if you're still interested in learning how to create patterns and the tools that you use to help create patterns in this digital age. Now, um, the course really consists of me showing you buy ideation and sketching phases as well as me introducing techniques that I use in Adobe Illustrator. And then that's pretty much to make focus of it. Now, before we get started, of course. Let me just introduce myself real quick. First and foremost, my name is Hans. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York. That's where they raised my family, came from 80. Um, I've been a graphic artist for several years now. It's been a wonderful experience. Um, I am also proud husband and father. On first and foremost, I man faith and a diligent secret truth. But enough about me isn't about me. This is really about you. What I do for you. So if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime. Send me a message and I would try to get back to you as soon as possible. Once again, I just want to thank you for checking out this course. I hope you're excited because I have. So let's jump right in. 2. Patterns & Principles Grid Part 1: Hey, welcome, everyone. Thanks for sticking around. Welcome to the next module. Ah, and it We're going to discuss a tool that I discovered and created using Adobe Illustrator . The tool is basically a grid system that I like to use when I'm creating my digital art graphics. I call it the Pattern and Principal Multilayered Grid System or PNP grid for short. Now, this is an advanced course. I'm going to speed things up a bit and not explain all the simple functions amusing. However, I will explain all the key components of the grid system and I will show you how to build it. But after this video, if you feel like you still have questions about this module, please, please please feel free to contact me. And I will do my best to answer any of your questions. So let's break it down. So the first thing that I set up was my art board. I wanted it to be 24 by 24 inches, pretty much a perfect square. In order to set up the system properly. Grid system is made up of seven main layers. Those seven layers are the foundation of the system now you can create as many layers as you want. Once you learn how to build and utilize this tool, your creativity will carry you the rest of the way. So the first layer we're going to talk about building is the boundary lines. Now these are used just for setting up a perimeter. I do this for myself simply because when I'm creating a foundation for anything, I like to set up boundaries. It makes things feel more orderly to now the red lines. I separated by 0.25 inches and I made them by creating one box shape the same size as the are bored, and I duplicated it four times. Each time I did it, I expend box all around. All right. So for layer two, uh, created four quadrants by using two perpendicular lines, you can create them any way you want, but, uh, but I did. I did it by using the transform effect and simply goto effects distort, transformed, transformed. And then what you want to do is create one copy and then set the angle to 90 degrees. You can also just create one line and then copy it, and then just rotate the copy, uh, 90 degrees in it. So for the next layer, all I did was duplicate the first set of lines that I created just now and rotate them 45 degrees now for this layer. Um, I used 11 horizontal lines and 11 vertical lines and space them out evenly to create 12 squares on each side of an area of 144 squares. Uh, and I created the guidelines for this as well, and I placed him on their own layer. Now I'm gonna show you how to quickly do this. You just make one big square and then divided by 12 to make small square at the size you want, and then you just duplicate that square and then just add in the guidelines If you're doing , you know, vertical valleys or horizontal first, and depends on how you do it, that's pretty much it. And then I just duplicated the squares on the down and out in the next line. And then I put the guidelines in. So for the next layer, I created a pattern of dots where I space each not out by two square lengths. This is a common layout for patterns that you have probably seen used in many different aspects. I started out with one dot and I used the grids that I already created as a guide. And then I copied the 1.0.84 times to create this grid layer, and I just turned red. Now I did this to use the dots as a point of reference when I am creating my digital graphics, and I'll explain that later on when I'm actually create a graphic for you. So for the next layer, I did the same thing. But I place thes new dots in an open area where I didn't place any of the other dots on. I think they came out 84 dots in total, so I made three copies, and I just turned those thoughts blue. Is that red? So for the next layer, I created Circumference Layer, which is the 7th 1 where I created six circles and space them out evenly. I started out with one circle at the same size as the art board, and then I used the horizontal and vertical lines as a guy. Teoh evenly space out two circles and then I just duplicated So at this point, we've completed the 1st 7 layers, which is the foundation for this tool. This was where I first started with this grid system. But as time went by, I created a lot more layers to it. So in the next module, I will share with you a few more layers that I discovered. And I will break down my process on how I created things you guys doing? Awesome. Ah, thanks for sticking in there with me. Ah, stay tuned for the next module. 3. P&P Grid Part 2: Hey there. Welcome to apart to in creating the pattern and principal grid system. Now, we already created the 1st 7 foundational layers, so the next layers will be created by using our 1st 7 layers as guides, meaning that each layer is defined by a principal. So, depending on what principles you want to use when creating a pattern will determine what layers you should use in the grid system. I normally always have this. The 1st 7 layers activated, and depending on what I'm working on, I would use one or more of the layers. But if this sounds a little confusing, don't worry about it. For now, you'll understand it better in the module, where I use the grid system to create a pattern design. But for now, let's just focus on creating, Ah, a few more layers, and I'll just walk you through how I created them. So for this new layer were going toe, create a six point star template. We first start by creating a polygon which has six sides, which is called a hexagon, which most of you know, robbery and then size it up to the biggest circle. After you do that you're going to rotate Polygon like so Then, after that, we're gonna create a new polygon with three sides, which is called the Triangle, which I'm sure most guys and already then size it up to the biggest circle as well. Make sure the strokes are and then you're gonna duplicate that triangle. Sorry. He's going to duplicate it and then rotated, uh, upside down. So now once that is done, we're going to create some lines showing the six different angle points. Uh, now, you can do this anyway you want, but I'll show you how I did it. Start off by creating a line, make sure it was the same size as the our board. And then I censored that line. Then, after that, I went to distort, transform and used to transform effect Tool. I created two copies of the line than the angle I used was 60 degrees. Then after that, you just hit, okay? And you'll see how this the lines lined up perfectly with the six points of the star. Now, after you create the lines, if you wanted to expand it, you can or you could just leave it the way it is That's fine either, or Okay, So now we're going to go ahead and create a eight point start template. Eso way you do. This is first you create this, like to start tool. Then you're going toe create a a point star. Then you're gonna take that star and center it and then make it the same size as the largest circle. Then what you're going to do is you're gonna rotate that star after you get the lines with you. Are you gonna rotate it? You're gonna make sure that, um you gonna make sure that the star lines up with the very top of very bottom of the circle? Okay, so once that is done, we're gonna create some lines just like we did before. But this time, we're going to duplicate that line seven times with the transform tool. Now, the angle you want for this one is 22.5 degrees. And once that stunned just hit OK, and on to the next. Now, for the next layer, we're going to create an eight point star using two squares. It's very simple. Make first created square. Make sure the four points are touching the big circle, then duplicate the square and rotate it 45 degrees. After that, just duplicate eight lines you created for the other, uh, eight point star. And then that's it. Okay. For the next grade, we're going to create another eight point star. But this one is gonna be a little different than the 1st 1 we made. So we're going to start out by using the start tool again. Create another eight point star. Now line the star up like you did last time. Don't rotate it. So now what we're going to do here is create another eight point star using the two square method that I just showed you. Then we're gonna place this smaller star inside the large one that we made. We're gonna use this as just the guide so that we know where to move our points. Okay, so now we're gonna go to different points into the big start that we made, and we're gonna move them to these points over here, just like this. Now, another trick you could have done was just used guidelines as a way to, um, you know, set up the points properly. That could have been pretty useful as well. Uh, you can choose whatever way you want to say to you. So now for the next layer, I created a 10 point star template using 25 sided shape school, Pentagon's, and then I just what created one. Then I you know, I copied it, flipped it over and then put it to the size. I wanted half to that. I, um, repeated the same technique I did before in order to create the line. So I wanted 10 lines. So I started with one, and I created nine. And I just said, the angle 18 degrees. So for the next three layers, I just pretty much duplicated the same techniques that I used the other a few layers. And so, um, I won't go into all the details. You can go. You can do as many as you want honestly, once you get this, But now I want to just jump in and talk about the golden ratio circles real quick. I created that using the Fibonacci sequence will go into that for the in the next module. And I also have, um, zigzag patterns as the last template I will show you for now. It's very simple to create. I just use a pencil and with the dots as reference points. I created ones exact line, and then I copied it and evenly spaced it out. And there you have it. There's so many patterns and grids you can create. It's literally limitless. The only thing that limits us is our creativity, our knowledge and our experience. So on that note, I'll end Electra here. I want you to think about what different kinds of templates you can make by using this grid system you just learned about. And the next module we're going to break down the Fibonacci sequence and how to create it as a grid or template and to use when we create are creating patterns, so stay tuned. Thanks. 4. The Fibonacci Sequence Grid: The Fibonacci sequence is a Siris of numbers where the next number is found by adding the last two numbers. Together, the ratio between each of the numbers is 1.618 and is usually called the golden ratio. The sequence itself is a pattern that, when given form, visually, it creates a spiral. Now the sequence can be seen through various patterns found in nature. Just look at some seed heads, pine cones, fruits and vegetables. In the year 12 02 in Italy, the sequence was discovered and documented by a mathematician called Leonardo Pasado. Excuse me, also known as Fibonacci. If you would like to know more about him and how he discovered the sequence, I encourage you to research him when you get a chance. So now let's break down how we can utilize this knowledge by creating a grid from using the Fibonacci sequence. Okay, so the art board size I'm using is 2500 by 2000 pixels you want. Okay, So what I'm going to do is create a grid tempted by using the sequence backwards. Right? So first thing is to create a square that is 1000 by 1000 pixels. All right, line it up. Next, we're going to create a circle that is twice the size square. Uh, it's pretty much a 2002. Then we're gonna find the circle up, uh, with square by taking the center point of circle and placing it at one of the corners of a square. Next, we're gonna use the shape, too, to get rid of the lines that we don't need. Then we're going to create another circle that is the same size of square we made and place it right in the center of the square. After that, you're gonna select everything and expand the object. Only leave the Phil and the stroke alone for now. Now you're gonna duplicate thean tire object, and here is where it gets a little pretty cool. First, we're gonna rotate it and then uses some basic basic math. Make sure that the link is selected to constrain proportions, and then we're going to divide the object by the golden ratio of six point Sorry. 1.618 Then lined Object with the 1st 1 like so next we're going to duplicate the second object and rotated. Then divided once again with the golden ratio off 1.618 and lined it up again like so next we're going to duplicate again, creating 1/4 object and rotating it, then divided once again with the golden ratio lined it up. I'm sure you can start to see the spiral forming. So now we're going to repeat the steps again five more times. And now you have a perfect A spiral, Um, and a template using the Fibonacci sequence. Now, um, let's select all and make lines all the same size. Then using the direct select will select um, each individual line that created the spiral effect and turned them another color just to create a nice contrast with all other lines. - Now we're going to separate the circles, so we're going to separate the golden circles from the grid. We just made first slide grid to the left out of the center area while holding the shift button so you don't move it vertically as well. Then you have to ungroomed all objects and select circles individually and align them in the center by using the alignment tools. If you do it correctly, you should be able tow. Line it up like mine on the screen, - and there you have it by lining of circles. This way creates a really cool circle pattern where within each circle there are two more and one is smaller than the other. This is called the golden ratio circles, and that is how it's done. So the Fibonacci sequence is a really nice technique you can use to create really awesome pattern designs. I encourage you to explore and play with and get familiar with creating the spiral next module. We're going to discuss creating new patterns, and I'll take you through my design process. 5. ideation Process & First Sketch: Hey, welcome back. So in this video, I'm going to show and talk to you about some techniques I use when I'm coming up with new pattern ideas and creating initial sketches from those ideas. I'm gonna kind of briefly talk about my ideation process with you. And then, um, you know, just tell you how I gain inspiration. So let's jump right in ideation is the process of coming up with ideas and concepts. In truth, most of the day I'm usually thinking about many different kinds of ideas for just various reasons and subjects. However, something special always happens when I go into my ideation moved or what? I like to call the flow once I flipped a switch. It doesn't matter where I am, what I do. I've learned to find inspiration in almost all aspects of my life. I could be watching TV show walking around a mall reading book comic book, like three mangoes sitting down coffee shop during a lot, or even at the airport waiting for planes. I will spot a pattern somewhere and I started thinking that looks like those kind of cool. And then I begin the process of deconstructing the pattern in my mind, and I try to figure out what principles are being used within the pattern. So what usually happens is I'll recognize a particular principle or element about a pattern , and I will start to think of other ways. I can use that element to create a new pattern. And once the thought hits my mind, it's off to the races. I take out one of my many books of imagination and I start to doodle. I can't tell you how much I love and enjoy creating a sketch from scratch from a thought within my mind. The process always seems challenging at first, but as I begin to extract the thought on paper, I suddenly begin to flow. What I like to do is create a square first by making the dots and connecting them with lines. Then I create four quadrants within the square by making two perpendicular lines, and then I draw two diagonal lines that all me right in the middle. After that, I use my trusty compass and create a perfect circle right in the center of the square. I usually make one circle or two. It just depends on when I feel like at the time I saw reference preference. Sorry. So whatever you prefer now, I like to work as efficiently as possible. So I discovered this technique that I like to use. It allows me Teoh use four quadrants to express four different pattern ideas. Each quadrant will have slightly different design. This allows me to create multiple ideas at a time. But this is only the first sketch that usually takes me multiple US drawings before I get to a final design. And each time I redraw an idea, it kind of evolves and becomes more than it was in the beginning. And I usually, um, they're usually bigger than you know, 1st 1 So the first sketches really small, like a thumbnail sketch, and then the next ones will be on like a bigger piece sheets of paper. I'll explain this more in the next module to come. So what I just shared with you is a technique that I use when I'm doodling and coming up with ideas for new patterns. I also use other ideation techniques as well. It just depends on the type of project I'm working on a two time. I always enjoy starting a design with paper and pencil. You know, I feel like my designs always come out better than when I try to start a design on a computer. But, you know, that's just me, right? I'm sure there are those who feel differently about that. I guess when it comes to the creating process to each their own right. Anyway, thanks for listening to me. I appreciate you giving me your time. Energy. Take care. Yeah. 6. Second Sketch & The Reflection Technique: Hey there. Welcome back. So in this module, we're going to go over Ah, hand drawing technique I like to use when creating new patterns. Then we're going to jump in Adobe Illustrator and I will show you how to set up another technique which we need to do before we can do the digital drawing. I call it the eight point reflection technique. So let's not waste any time and jump right in. Okay, so this is ah, simple technique. What I do is I use a printed version of the PNP grid. We created an illustrator. Then I place tracing paper on top of it so that I can preserve the grid and use it again. Then I start to draw for my tools. I'm using a trying ruler and a non photo blue pencil. Now I like tea. I like using the blue pencil when I sketch because it makes scanning a whole lot easier. It actually, uh, it's a common tool in graphic design. So what I'm doing now is creating a more detailed sketch of a thumbnail sketch I did recently, but I'm only drawing one portion of the entire design for now, and I'll explain why later on And of course, yeah. So now I'm going to start thinking my hand drawing using an artist Pen thistles. Also very common tool that on designers like to use when design designing my hand. All right, so once that's done, I just scan my drawing to my computer and get ready to create the digital part of withdrawal. That's pretty much it. Okay, So before we can get into the district drawing, I'm going to show you how to set up a technique that I use to create very cool patterns very quickly. Eso If you're ready, we're going to jump into Adobe Illustrator, and I encourage you to follow along and build this tool with me. By the way, make sure the grid system we built earlier is activated and locked. So first thing we need to do is create a new layer. You can call it whatever you want. I named mine eight point reflection as a reference. Now, the second thing is to create two lines one vertical and one horizontal. And make sure you center both of them and then group them together. Okay, so next, uh, use the brush tool to create a mark that slightly overlaps one of the lines like So now I want you to highlight everything on the layer by clicking on this button here. This'll step is very important. Please make sure you click on this button. Next, Go to effect story, transform and choose transformed function. Now, in this screen you want to select, reflect X and make one copy. Click preview to make sure it looks like this. If yours looks like mine on the brush, stroke is reflecting from the center of the art board. Then you're good. Just click OK, now, with everything still selected. Uh, now we're going to go back to the transform function again and apply a new effect on top of the one we already made. Now we need to select three copies with a 90 degree angle and click preview. It should look like, uh, like this once you get it hit, OK, and And as you can see, the eight point reflection technique has been applied, but we still have a few more steps to do before it's complete. Well, after that's done, I want you to create square and cover the top right quadrant. Oh, and make sure smart guy on so once that's checked, once you have this square, it's in place. Select the lower right victor point on Lee and move it to the middle of the art board. Now, with the layers selected, I want you to create a clipping mask by clicking of this button down here, this'll helps you hide any extra marks that you might have now just expand the layer on. Bake the sub layer with the lines invisible, and I want you to, um, layer that the clipping path is on. I want you to lock that way. So now you can delete the first breastroke you made and start creating some magic. Remember, you must create within the clipping masks space we made or the Marks won't show up. So I really enjoy using this technique. It's really cool. Very useful. On the next module, I'm going to take the sketch I made and using the reflection technique, I'm going to make a new pattern. You don't want to miss this. We'll talk soon. Thanks 7. Digital Construction of Graphic Pattern: Hey there has everything going? So we have come a long way since the beginning of this course. Now I'm hoping that you were able to gain some insight and a few new techniques along the way. So let's not waste any time and get this show on the road. So in this module, I'm going to take the hand drawing I did earlier, and I'm gonna show you how to digitally construct a graphic pattern. Based on that drawing, it's gonna be really cool. And I'll do my best to explain all my steps along the way. So the first thing I need to do is open the sketch I did earlier in Adobe Illustrator. So it's pretty easy. Just go to file and select place and then find the file you want to open. So the next thing I'm going to do is recreate an outline of the drawing by using the pencil . - After that, I will use the with tool to adjust the lithe. Once I'm done with that, then I'm gonna place my graphic on the eight point reflection layer, and then I'm going to just and play with the graphic until I am content or happy without - normally , when I'm creating a new pattern and I take the initial graphic and I just like to flow and see what I come up with, I usually end up with something very different than what I started with, and that's fine. I just really enjoy using this method because it's very fun to use. And it allows me Teoh create patterns very easily. So now I'm going toe add another tool into the mix. I'm going to use a custom brush to create brushstrokes that resembles leaves and flower petals. Or at least that's like Okay , so I just want to add a few more elements and make a few more adjustments. Okay, so here is the final pattern. Just looking good. I'm enjoying where we're, uh what I what I came up with so far. So we're just going to stop here for now, and then the next module, we're going to go over some details. You should know when creating patterns like this. We're also going to cover the desolation technique for pattern making as well. Thanks for sticking around with me so far, and we'll talk again soon. Take care 8. The Tessellation Process: Hello, everyone, and welcome to this module in it. We're going to go over a few details. You need to know when creating graphics using the reflection technique. Ah, we're also going to go over a few test elation techniques using the PNP grid, so let's jump right in. First thing we're going to do is copy the layer and work off of the copy so you can preserve the original as well as the eight point reflection technique so you don't have to make another one when you want to create new pattern. The next thing is to change the colors. So we're doing this because it will help us later on when grouping things together. Thistle's really important because it will make selecting different elements a lot easier. Now you can choose whatever color you like. Uh, you will be able to change it later on, so notice that I group leaves together by color. I'm going to do the same thing with these elements as well. So I'm already starting toe group certain elements together by using the color system, and I'll explain more about why I should do this now. Based on the colors, there are three groups. Okay, so first group is the outer layer of the pattern, which looks like leaves or flower petals. The second group is the initial design element that the shape of more floral, a flowery shape on duh. The third group eyes the inner design elements that are within that floral pattern that we have. So once that is done now we're going to select all the graphics and then go to expand appearance thistles. Important. Because now the whole design isn't just a reflection anymore. Now you can make it the entire pat. Now you can makes the entire pattern complete. So now it's actually real. It's not like a mirror reflection of what you're drawing in that one section. After that, we're going to use the Pathfinder tools merge from this'll will merge all eight sections in tow, one complete graphic. Now we're going to divide the pattern and make three groups based on the colors. Riccio's. To do this right, you need to use the direct selection tour, then select an individual element and then use the select similar objects function in order to select all the objects with the same color as the one you select that button right there . And then once you do that, you just hit command G to group everything together. Now let's just move these off to the side For now. Uh, here's a pro tip. If you do move anything, make sure you clean up any leftover, invisible objects that might have left. - Now I'm going to group all the outer green, leafy looking objects together by doing the same thing I did before. I just used the direct selection tool, select an individual element and then used to select similar objects. Function on, then commanding. Now let's minimize overall design and begin the test elation process. Test elation for those who don't know this process, arranging shapes or objects in a repeated pattern. So we're going to go over to simple test elation techniques. 1st 1 is just to copy the pattern right next to each other in rows and columns. What I'm doing here is using the red dot is as guides for out of the police minute now. I can also add another element of mix if I wanted to, and if you wanted to change the color from air by doing it like a sugar earlier just used their expections tool or you could just select group got together. Then, after that, it's like you can use this like similar objects, which highlight the rest. And once they're highlighted, you can change the color. It's whatever you like. Now let's discuss the next test elation technique you can do using the PNP grid. So first thing you need to do is, uh, shrink the pattern a little bit more. All right, then create a copy and place it diagonally next to the first. Objects were not on the same line Right now. I want to make sure that they are barely touching, so I'm going to adjust the size until I get it just right. Once you find the right size, just begin the duplication process like so make sure to use the dots as a guide points. As I'm sure you have noticed, this technique makes the pattern slightly different than the 1st 1 way. - So here's a completed pattern layout. You can also had a background color if you wanted to know. For now, let's add another element pattern. That's it. Now we have a brand new pattern that's ready to be seen throughout the entire world. When Dad be nice. Now let's discuss experimentation. I believe this is a very important part of creating because it allows you to discover new things. First, I needed to make a quick change to those little black elements. Just want to make them the same color as the floor designs. Then I'm going to select all the blue floral pattern designs and cut them out and paste them in a new layer. Now look what happens when they're taken out of the original two new pattern designs made from. So now I'm going to take the floral design and create another pattern with it, using the same technique I used before. Okay, And always remember, exploration is how you end up finding many treasures. Your imagination will guide you in the discovery of new patterns and new techniques. - So now let's keep playing and adding extra Ellen, notice how that adding and taking away of elements, changes, look and feel of the pattern dramatically. This is why experimentation is so important because you never know what you're going to end up with. And look, I can just use this element alone. And now I have another batter. Let's make one more pattern for the road, right? I wanted toe quickly talk to you about simplifying as well. See, I actually enjoy the simplification process of any design. I normally start out with a lot. But as time goes on and then I continue, I find myself subtracting a lot at the end. All of that is due to experimentation. Choosing a final color is part of experimenting as well. Way won't go into color theory because that is a course all in itself, believe me. So that's pretty much it for this module again. I encourage you to just experiment with all of these techniques that you've just learned about and see what new things you can create. Also, I just want to say thank you once again for sticking it out with me. If you've made it this far, then I'm sure this course will be a great benefit to you. We got a few more videos left. Let's finish strong. All right. Talk to you again soon. Uh, take care 9. The Rotation Technique: Hey there. Welcome back. So in this module, we're going to go over how to create a pattern using the graphic rotation, duplication technique and illustrator. This is a technique I find very helpful. Especially when you pair it with the reflection technique, learning it will allow you to create some really cool pattern designs. Trust me. So let's jump right in. We're going to start with the first initial graphic element I created, based on the Skitch sorry sketch I made. So the first thing we have to do is to make a copy of the graphic and then use the reflect function on the copy that we just made in line up both graphics. So they reflect each other perfectly and meet in the center of the our board. Next, we're going to select both of the graphics and then select rotation tool or use the hot key , which is our now this part is a little tricky. You need to place the center of the rotation directly in the middle of the airport. Use the PNP grid as a guide. Then once you do that, click and hold down the mouse button on a graphic dragon clockwise or counterclockwise while holding down the shift and option keys. This is very important because the shift key allows you to rotate the design by increments of 45 degrees, and the option key makes a new copy of the graphic While you are rotating that as soon as you make the first copy, just click on command and D uh, to duplicate the last action you just did. And that's how you use their rotation duplication technique. I like to think of it as the center of the sun, and everything revolves around the sun, just like the laws of our solar system. Now, after you get that down, let's see how we can transform this design even more by using this advanced technique. This is where experimentation comes into play way, can make another copy of the world design and just shrink it. Or we can start over and create another pattern, using the same element just a little differently. So here we have a new pattern, and all I really did was flip the original design. But I use all the same techniques as before. Now let's just play around and see what we can create just by experimenting. Now let's simplify the graphic a little bit and see what happens. - Yeah , it looks OK, but I'm still not satisfied. So let's keep exploring. There it is. Now that's the one. I think that is a pretty cool looking pattern, if I do say so myself. Okay, so now that I'm satisfied with the design, let's take it up another level by using the reflection technique to add on to the design we just created with the rotation technique. So I'm gonna use my brush tool just to create some really nice brush strokes. It's looking really nice so far, and there you have it. So notice how using different techniques allowed me to take the same graphic element and create something totally different out of it. Most of the time, I find something new by making mistake on. Then, like after making I'm like, Wow, that's pretty cool. I wasn't expecting that, but it looks good, So let's go with it. Seriously, that's it happens a lot more than you think. So thanks once again for sticking it out with me and allowing me the opportunity to teach you some very useful things, so we will talk again soon. Take care 10. Outro: Hey there. So we finally reached out. Of course I know. Sad. True, but I hope that you gain something valuable out of it, whether it be a new technique or even a new perspective. You know, if you've gained one of those things, that's that's great. That's success in my book, right? And so now that you've gone and gain these new abilities, it's not enough just to know it. Now you have to go out and use it in order to develop the techniques that you learn. Experience is needed. I mean, what's the point of learning something if not gonna use it? Um, and trust me, your creativity will help you along the way and show you how to apply these things that will work best for you in your life. Also, before you leave me forever and never come back, all right, I want to actually to do two things. Okay, so number one after, um, this video's done, I would like for you to go to the review section and leave a short critique about what you liked and disliked about the course. Now, Maxine, you do this for two reasons. One, because over time I want to develop the course and make it better. And only I could do that is to have a feedback and as well as, um, make myself better as an instructor. Cakes. I'm all about getting better. Thanks. All right. Um, number two, if you can, I would like and encourage you to share ah, pattern design that you created using some of the techniques and tools that you learned in this course. That is all right. That's that I won't burden burden you with anything else. Promise. So once again, I just want toe. Thank you for checking out this course and also supporting me. I really appreciate that. I can't thank you enough. She enjoyed this course. 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