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Fundamentals of Illustrator III: Color, Swatches & Patterns

teacher avatar Brad Woodard, Illustrator + Graphic Designer

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      1. Introduction: Create a seamless repeat pattern


    • 2.

      2. Color


    • 3.

      3. Fills & Gradients


    • 4.

      4. Swatches


    • 5.

      5. Patterns


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Adobe Illustrator is an incredible design application, one that has limitless potential for translating your creativity into beautiful graphic formats. The sheer amount of tools and effects can be daunting, however, leaving beginners intimidated and confused without a starting point. This class will not only provide a foundation for working with Illustrator, it will get you started on the path to harnessing the application's power!

This class is the third of a four part series on the Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator that will provide in-depth insrtuction and understanding into the tools in Illustrator.

Be sure to enroll in my complete Fundamentals of Illustrator Series: Fundamentals of Illustrator I: The First Steps to Becoming a Pro Illustrator, Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator II: Paths, Shapes & Type, and Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator IV: Appearance, Layers, Images & Symbols.

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Brad Woodard

Illustrator + Graphic Designer



I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Boise, Idaho with my wife and two little kids. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all types of work, including my work in advertising at Arnold Worldwide.

Now, my wife and I run our own design and illustration studio full-time, named Brave the Woods. We also started the company Artists for Education, which brings artists together to create beautifully designed, educational artwo... See full profile

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1. 1. Introduction: Create a seamless repeat pattern: Hi, my name is Brad Woodard. I'm one half of Brave the Woods, a design and illustration studio that my wife and I started down here in Austin, Texas. This course is actually the third in a four-part series called The Fundamentals of Illustrator. So, we're going to be working our way through all the tools and functions that you can use. In this one, we're going to be going over four different things. We're going to be talking about color, we're going to be talking about fills, swatches, and my favorite patterns. So, the goal of this is to be able to understand those tools, to be able to use those tools, and implement them in the project and the project is something very, very fun. This one is just going to be illustrating your favorite animal. So, whatever animal that is, you'll be getting a lot of new weapons in your illustration arsenal to be able to create those things and make some really cool, really cool animals. For me this is huge because this is what I do every day. And what I get asked is that people ask me to do monsters, or animals, or whatever. So, Illustrator is just a really great program and there's lots, lots of cool things that you'll get to learn on how to apply those colors and some time-saving techniques, but also some ways to really kind of let your ideas flow and whatever you have in your mind you'll be able to accomplish here in Illustrator. So, looking forward to working on some patterns, and colors, and fills, and all those fun things. They'll be through a series of me sharing my screen, so there will be a series of videos, screen-shared lessons and I'm looking forward to going through those with you. So, thank you very much. 2. 2. Color: Illustrator is not only good for creating shapes but also it's very, very easy to use color within this program. They make it easy and hard in the fact that there's just a lot of different ways that you can work with color. There's a lot of different tools and panels, so I want to walk you through how to use each of those and where to find them, and how to just set up our document with the right color settings to begin with, because that's important. So, let's start with that. Let's go to our file, now let's go down to document color mode. Now you'll notice that there's and CMYK and there's RGB color. If you don't know the difference, similar case for print, and RGB is for anything digital online for the screen. Pick which one you want, this one is going to be print, so I'm going to do CMYK color. Now, the first thing you want to talk about in here, is going to your color panel which is right over here in your right, hit color and you'll see a bunch of sliders, a little rainbow down here and some boxes over here. So, let's talk about what those are. If I click on any one of these shapes off to the side here, you'll notice that it's going to change what color is over here. So, it's telling you all the details about that color. Now, we're set to CMYK, so these sliders are just that. So, the K is the black and then yellow, magenta and cyan, and this is telling you the percentage of that color being mixed together. So, there's no magenta, there's no black, it's just cyan and yellow, and that makes sense for what color we have here. So, right here we're talking about, it's showing you that this is the, if I hover over, fill. Now this doesn't have a stroke around it, but if it were to have a stroke, we wanted to add a stroke, you click on this one back here and that's your stroke color. So, if I did red, you could see that it added that stroke there. Now, I don't want to stroke down here, so I'm going to go ahead and click back over here and say, no stroke, and go back. So, that's that. So, your stroke over here and this is your fill and if you want to take that away, you can take that out from over here, and you can just swipe straight over to grayscale and start right over to your white and just start from scratch if you wanted two of these. Then you have down here, you can take that, basically, you just pick your color, point click and it's just an easy way. I use it to help me generally find what color I want. Very helpful, quick way to use that. Now, you'll notice that there's this little box right here that keeps showing up. Now, that guy is talking about things that are out of web. So, this color just won't show up right on the web. So, if you want to click it, it'll adjust it, it will adjust that color so that it can work on web. Now, if I were to change this slider, so I can go over here at the top right hand side, I click on it, you notice I have these other color options, but if I go to RGB, it changes my sliders here and then what happens there is i, f I click let's say over here, you'll notice that this new little warning pops up and this is out of gamma warning. Basically, that's an unprintable color. So, if I was going to try to print this, it's just telling me, I shouldn't be here in RGB, anyways because I'm printing this. But if for some reason, you want to change this over and you like this color but you want to make it printable, if you click on it, it will adjust that to make it fit within the spectrum of printed colors for your CMYK. But let's go back to CMYK because that's what we're supposed to be. Cool. Well, I hope that makes sense, because this is your go tool that you'll be using. Now, there's another one that you use often which is your color guide panel, which is actually right next to it, your color guide and if you can't find that, it's over here. You go into your colors, your color guide palette right there and always, just like I said, if you're ever missing anything that I have in my toolbar, it's all here under window and you then you click and will pop up in here and you can move it wherever you would like. So, this is your color guide. So, this was showing you a palette. It is already giving you a preset, you would say, recommends some color palettes with the color that you've chosen. It will add some complementary colors or however you'd like it actually, you can set that up. So, you can actually change it if you go over here and this is a tetrad and you can go to a triad if you'd like and it will make those colors feel harmonious and fit into a color palette. So, sometimes that helps you right off the bat if you're struggling putting some colors together, if you have one color and you just don't know what to do, this is a good way to give you a starting point. I wouldn't say always default to using one of these colors, but definitely can help you and it's giving you your shades all the way through your tents. Then you can edit those colors. So, the cool part about that is, if you're going to be bringing that, so now that you have that in there, the color palette excuse me, you can go in and change those up however you would like. Lots of different options here to play around with. I won't go through all of them just because this is an essentials class, so, go and play around with that and look around at what the options are and then you can save that, whatever you make, you can save it and it will go ahead and you'll have that option down here when you get into your color swatches. Now, you have another place that you can interact with color and that's over here in your color picker. Click over here so you can click directly with the color red over here. These are some presets and also activates your swatches that you'll be creating, that we're going to be talking about. But if you double click down here, you just double click on the fill, so whatever it is right there. This is a way to customize whatever you have working on. Let's highlight this, let's double click so we can see what we're working on, and it'll show you where you're at. So, it shows you on the spectrum here, just isolates this one color and lets you have that. Then there's also a hex number, hex value which is nice. So, if you ever need to, a lot of times working within web or anything like that, you can just plugging that number and every color is assigned a specific number. On here I can go ahead and adjust that color if I need to and that could help. Maybe I liked what it was, but I wanted to tweak it just a little bit. You have all those options here. You have the RGBs, you have HSBs, you have the CMYKs, you have all those percentages that you can change. So, just a neat another way that shows you the old color, the new color, so you can compare. It's just another option that Illustrator gives you, to be able to really perfect the colors that you have and make it easy. It's very, very easy. Play around with them, try to figure out, try to get comfortable with those and we'll see you in the following videos. Thank you. 3. 3. Fills & Gradients: All right. So, now that we know where the colors are, we know how to change the settings, let's talk about how to apply that to our artwork, how to apply the different colors in specific areas within our artwork. Let's color this little back leg bone here and you can change the color up here if you have Swatches set. You can go down here in the Fill and you can change that by clicking around here on that specific color, altering it, or remember it has to be selected. So, just make sure you select that thing first because then that's what's the colors are going to be applied to. You can go up to your Color and you go up there and change them up there or you can just use the Eyedropper tool which also works over here in the bottom left or just I on your keyboard is the shortcut. So, you click on that and I can click on anywhere else on this piece of art and it'll take that up. So, the cool thing about the Eyedropper tool is it can do a couple of things. Not only can it easily pick up the color from whatever you need to make your work faster. Now, you notice I put this little ugly drop shadow here on this kind of a rounded rectangle here, rounded square. So, let's say we want that shadow, maybe I made it a certain depth, a certain opacity, and I just want to apply there, I don't have to go back into my Effects and set all that up. So, you go and you double-click on your Eyedropper tool, you'll notice here on the bottom, there's lots of different settings that you can play around with, but we don't have to worry about that right now. Let's just talk about the appearance. So, let's click right here and click okay. What that does is, it makes it so that it's going to pick up all the effects with the Eyedropper tool too. So, now you have the exact same effect. So, whatever this you put on, you put a inner glow, you put a drop shadow, a bevel, whatever you put on this shape, it'll pick it up and put it on in the other shape for you. Saves you a lot of time. So, those are some easy ways to take color and fill a certain area in your artwork. Now, let's say that this was just all an outline and there's another cool way you can do it. I'm using CC, it is available in CS6 as well. I'm not sure earlier than that, but I think it is, it's called the Live Paint Bucket. It may have just gotten better over time. But there's a Live Paint Bucket tool which is a neat way to work once you have an outline drawing. So, if you like to work that way and then fill in later after you've done your whole line drawing, this is the way to do that. So, a lot of times when you have line drawings, they're obviously, they're lines so that means you can go ahead and change the width and stuff like that. So, what I like to do is if I'm going to be using the Live Paint tool, I like to make these, lock these in at the shape and make them into shapes and outline them, so they're no longer just a line. So, if you're going to do that, I would just copy this and keep it somewhere else. Keep with the lines because every time you want to expand this or outline those shapes, those lines and make them into shapes, you can't go back. So, let's make this into an easy paint by number basically, a piece of art. So, we want to highlight this whole thing, we can object, we can expand it, you can outline it too, either way. Let's just expand it here. So now, everything you'll notice, everything here is just shape, which is perfect, that's what we want. But now, let's say we want to fill in big blocks colors, so let's turn this, we need to make this into a live paint area and we can do that by going over here to Live Paint Bucket over here, and clicking, oops, sorry, let me highlight this first. Highlight your whole area and then let's turn this into get the Live Paint Bucket and then you click on it and it will say something like, complex visual appearance attributes such as brushes, light effects, transparencies, stroke line, blah, blah, blah. This last one is varying on length. This is just giving you a warning just because if you have a smaller or more complex details, you're going to have some details get lost. I made it very simple, so you don't have to worry about that, but take that into account, maybe if you have a lot of high detail, it's going to simplify things a lot for you so it may not be what you want. Okay. So, we click OK. So, now you'll notice all of a sudden when I hover over areas, it's already sectioned them off for me which is awesome because now, all I have to do is if I want these different areas here to color them, all I have to do is go pick my colors and now I can go up here and let's say I want a certain section of the chicken. I have a chicken or a turkey, I guess it can be either one. I kind of switch in between and I don't really know what it is. So you have your colors, you pick your color first and then you have your Live Paint Bucket, and you just click on the area, and it fills it. Perfect. It's super easy, a nice way to work sometimes if you like to work in that way, but it also has the ability to, let's go ahead and catch in. So, I'm going to highlight this, if you go in there, you have options within there too. If there's gaps that you have within lines and it starts to fill in the whole area instead of just the section, you can change that by, this is your paint stops in those gaps so you can change those gap sizes and sometimes that will help out. Another way to fill or color your artwork is by using gradients. There's a couple of different ways to use gradients, there's the Gradient tool, there's the Gradient Mesh tool, but they're both kind of a little bit tricky to use. So, I want to walk you through the basics of each one. In that way, you can play around with it and learn. So, let's start with- so I have the two ladies here walking, the flat version of her and the more dimensional version that I used. I was able to accomplish that with gradient. Now, let's go in the flat version here for a second because I actually did all of this by using the Gradient tool. So, I can go ahead and click so I'll just show you what I did on that one. Now, I got all these little shapes that are separated so let's pick, let's click on it. So now, I have the Gradient tool. Let me just click on the hair and you'll notice immediately that it adds a gradient to the hair and it adds these little sliders. Now, the sliders, you can move it anywhere you want. You'll notice how that's works and if you grab this so the big in there is how you move the whole slider and the little end over here is the other length of it to add how much you're stretching that gradient. There's all these different, you'll notice all these different little spots, that's for new bands of color are, you'll see that if I grab this one, it will follow. So, if I want to make it darker in the back, I just pull that band further over and I want that little or maybe I want to rotate it, if I hover over this edge, it'll make it so I can rotate it. If I keep going and then I grab the whole thing right here and I drop it down. There you see that's where I got this look, so it has it round around the head there. So, I just clicked that and you'll notice they're automatically out of a ton of points. That was because that's what I already had set for my gradient. So, if I go over here in the right hand side, there's your gradient, this is how you deal with the details of it. You can go ahead. So, now this is, whatever you saw right there is going to be right here. So, if I change the color, I can go in here and change the colors of this if I want, maybe I want her hair to be, I want it to be black gradients. So, I can go in here and change these individual colors by double-click on them. I can go ahead and change the color to whatever I want. You'll notice that it changes it over here, but if I go down here, you can go ahead and these are the ones I have set. So, let's go with the black there. If I double-click on this one, it goes black on that one as well. Now right here, I can go ahead and let's say I want it to be not so light, but let's go back and I want this one to be darker. That one definitely needs to be black again or, I mean, I could even, if you click on one, whichever one you're highlighted on, you can delete it and then it can be gone. You probably don't even need these ones because you didn't even notice a change there. Then, you can move these to spread the width of whatever that color is right there. If you need to go up further, if you need to narrow it down, you can go and you can see that it's getting thinner or you can move the whole slider. So, you have a lot. So, this is what I'm saying, there's lots of ways to play around with it and get really good at it however you want and this is just set to linear. You have opacities, you can make it, you can change it so that's just transparent color. However you want to do this, I mean there's lots of different options, but then you also have Radial and that will be obviously coming from a circle here and radiating out. You can do the same thing for all of these. Maybe we just wanted to add like a little edge on there. Let's go ahead and go to the tool, but since it's not a gradient yet, go over here, go to your Gradient tool or G and click on it and it'll set to whatever you just have. Then, you can just alter that again. So now, you can go into the Mesh tool, which is pretty awesome. So, let's take a shape first. Let's go again with this shirt. This time or let's go with the bag actually. So, let's go to object and now that we have something highlighted, let's go to Create a Gradient Mesh, over this bag. Now, it's going to let you have some options here, it will give you how many rows of these mesh lines you want, you can do five, you'll notice I added another one there. Your rows and columns depends on how much the detail, how many spots you want or how many color changes you want, and the highlights and whatnot. So, I maybe just want, let's just do three for now. Flat Appearance fine, I'm going to click OK. So, let's click our, now, let's go over here and you can just select if you use your Selection tool over here, your Direct Selection Tool by hitting A. You can go and click on a point and then we can colorize that point, let's say with blue and then, so you notice how we just follows that grid there. It's going to colorized that area or I can click multiple areas over here. Notice how I do that. Once it's even up here, I have another shape on top of that, just to keep it separate. But I can go in here and I can even take, that's the actual shape there. So now, this is manipulating the object shape so I can go and click and move these little points and you'll notice that it's adding, it's moving that around. So, play around with that. Really cool tool. It can help out especially if you, like I said, if you do a more realistic type artwork, it's very nifty to know those things, so. All righty. Thanks. 4. 4. Swatches: Here we are at the much-anticipated Swatches tutorial. Now, I've mentioned it a million and a half times in our videos before, just because I use it so much, and you will too once you learn how to use them. They save you a ton of time, but also they are just convenient and they can help you prepping your files for print whether that be digital or for screen printing or anything like that, or if you're just passing off files, Swatches are really important aspect of using colors in Illustrators. So, you can find the Swatches panel right here on the right-hand side in the toolbar, and you'll notice right away that it gives you some default colors here, kind of the spectrum of the rainbow here. You can use those if you want and you can use them by just clicking on, highlighting a specific shape, and then clicking on it and it will adjust that color to whatever you clicked on. So, pretty nifty. The coolest part about it is that you can have these colors your saving fills. So, whether it be colors, or patterns, or gradients, you can just go ahead and click on whichever one that you want and it'll make it that color, and so, that's just a nice clean way to do it. Now, let's talk about what's going on here in this panel. So, you have your Fill, of course, and then you have your Stroke. Now, again, these are ways to take out the Swatch and you can do None or you can add any of these colors. Well, let's see what we have available to us. So, if you go down here, there's also little button it's called the Swatch Libraries Menu. Now, Illustrators provide you with a lot of different ones that you can use just right out of the gate and you don't have to create your own custom ones. So let's start with just something like Art History, we're going to Ancient, and it gives you some color palettes that might fit within that subject, and then you have those here. So, you can go in and you can alter those how you like. Maybe let's show you a gradient now. Let's go through Metals. You'll notice that you can go through here. You can have gold, and silver, and all these different colors and they've set the gray and set this in a specific way. So, it's great knowing that those things are available to you because they'll be, like I said, a big time saver for you if you need them. Now, once we're in here, we want to go if- what those scales say, I've assigned this to color. Now, there's other ways to work with these. You can go through and you have Swatch Options, which is going to show you all the details about whatever color this was. So that was the swatch right there, so it's going to Swatch Option, you can do that, or you can use double click on it and opens it up the same way. So, let's see what this is talking about right here. So, it'll give you the CMYK value, which we've already gone over, and that's because this is in the process color, that's what process color is, is the four color process of CMYK. If you go down here now, clicked on this, it says Global. Now, Global only means if you're going to be making this swatch, I want to change this swatch to Global, I can click that, and what that will do is you'll preview it. If you look right over here, I have to zoom in here but you can see that this little white corner here, bottom right hand-corner, and you'll see it on a couple others. So, that's just meeting. When it has that, when it's Global, that means if I change that, which I can, I can double click on it. So I'll change this into as well. Okay, better yet, let me just show you a different color. This is not Global, but if I was to hit Global, now if I put it up here, now if I change it, let's go ahead and change that color. If I preview it, it's going to alter those colors. Anything that was using that Global Swatch, it's going to change, if anywhere, it'll shows up in your artwork. So, neat thing to know and extremely helpful especially for if you're making lots of edits with those colors, you just know how to apply it to everything individually. Now, we're going to be talking about how to customize and create our own swatches, and then we're going to be talking about how else we can take those and save them and apply them to other artwork or send them to clients, or co-workers, or yourself for use on further projects. Let's just pretend this is a design project, this is a branding project and we need to take these colors and save them so that we have them on file for any other work that we're going to be creating. So this little science lab of ours we've created here has some pretty neat colors with green, turquoise, and yellow as our primary, and maybe our secondary is this tan and this brown. Let's make those into two separate folders, so we have those. There's a couple of ways to do it. The first way I would do it is just clicking simply on the folder here and then creating that color group, so this is our Science Lab, okay? So we have that. Now, so start with any of those colors, click on that color, click on your folder, have that highlighted so it knows where to put it, and click on your New Swatch little page icon right there, and here it is. Let's say, I want to put this is Global just because again, if I want to make a change to that color, I want it to apply to the rest of the work because this is a branding project. You don't have to have it there if you don't want to be editing it. This is just an illustration, you may not want it, but I put Global. Click okay, and those that are pops up right there in that folder. Now, I can do the same thing with all these other colors that I want to add, so let's go, okay. Click on there on the Yellow, click on that folder, click on the New Swatch, click Okay. So, let's make sure that one wasn't turned Global, so let's going to make sure it's Global. Now, I have all of my primary colors here in this folder and it's called the Science Lab folder. Now, I need to create a new folder because I want these to be in there as the secondary colors. Now, you saw before, I didn't highlight anything I just clicked the folder. I want to create since I want to create a new one, I want to show you a different way to do it. Let's do it by clicking first on the color, and then clicking on the folder. It's going to create that with already that one color, put in there. So, secondary colors and this under the selected artwork. You could also do this with swatches, clicking your swatches and creating a Swatch Group out of that. But let's go in Selected Artwork, I wanted to be Global, Okay. So, that already created it right there. Then the last one just like I had done before, highlight it, click on the Folder, click Okay, there you go. And I have my folders with my colors in them. Now, I want to take these colors, for example, I want to use them in something else, so maybe I'm working now. I've done these little icons for the company. Now, I need to make a website by any of those colors. I'm going to do it on Illustrator, so let's go, New, and let's say I was doing whatever, we won't do with this. I would obviously set this to something for web or just keep going. Let's go, Okay. So, we have a new file and I want to work with those colors again, but you'll notice that in my swatches, it didn't save it to the swatches panel right here in Illustrator, it just saved it to that file. So, when I open up a new file I lose those swatches. So, a way we can do that is if you highlight, just go in here and click on the top right-hand corner and let's go down to we want to go save Swatch Library as just the swatches file. You can also save them as an AI file, which we can do. We'll save first the swatches file. So let's go down and let's say these are the Science Lab Colors, and we'll put them on the desktop, go Okay and it's Swatch Exchange Files is the file extensions, so let's go Okay. Oh, what that was it saying is that you can't use that you click it too quickly. But it's saying you can't use these swatches on any other applications only on Illustrator. So, good to know. So let's go ahead and I'm going to open up a new project. Again, notice my swatches are gone. I'm going to go down here. I want to go open my Swatch Library and just go to open Other Library. So I can go to my desktop again, and I'll see if there's a science colors right there, you'll notice. I click Okay, and it pops open and I have- this is basically just saved the whole panel there that I had in my last file and it has those colors already saved with it. You can save, you can upload it, so if you have an ASC file that you're going to be picking up online from somebody else or somebody gives you that ASC file, you can actually just take that file, drag it into off your desktop or whatever the file is, drag it straight into your Illustrator, or you can open up the way I just said it will work either way. But, yes, so that's the gist of the very basics of using swatches. So, I hope that helps and we'll see you in the next video. 5. 5. Patterns: We finally made it to patterns. My favorite part in this entire video series just because Adobe Illustrator makes it so easy now. If you're using Adobe or if you're using Illustrator CS6 or CC, you're going to be loving life. If you're not, you probably won't know any better but if you did know after watching this video once you find out how easy it's going to be you're going to be hating your life. So, I would definitely recommend getting Adobe Illustrator CC especially if you're going to be making lots of patterns. So, let's go ahead and start with the simplest pattern of all which is just by taking one element and repeating it. So, let's go and the easiest way to do that we'll just be going to object after you've highlighted your object and go to pattern and go make. We're going to make a pattern. So, you're going to notice right off the bat that it's going to go to your Swatches panel and it's going to add a Swatch. So, right now this is what it will looks like, it will be repeating just like this around it. But this is the part that we can edit right here within this little tile. So, we're going to be repeating those tiles all around and that's what it's showing right here. So, what we need is to be able to alter this and we can do that however we want. If you actually want it you can click directly on here and if you want to change a color and you can do this now or later and I'll show you later too, but you can alter that. Notice that I'll just make that repeated all across the rest of those tiles, and you can resize things, so you can still edit this just like it's a normal object even in this mode. By the time you have other options over here then you can go ahead and just figure out what different ways to tile it. So, you can go brick by row, you can do brick by column, there's all these different types of ways and maybe this is how I'd like it. Then I can go ahead and do I can go, I want to size it to the tile of the R and you can go ahead and adjust that however you want. There are lots of settings in here that you can play around with that you can perfect your pattern. Well, let's say I want to size this tile to the art. Just have it all match up to the art so then I can go ahead and manually set the spacing around it. Maybe I want a little bit more space so this is horizontal H spacing and vertical V spacing. So if I want to add a little bit to the side, I can do that and I'll push that away and then if we went out a little bit to the top we're going to go evenly. If you want that way and then you can decide how many copies you want it's like, you know, if I want this to be seven by seven or three by three, however you want to look at that. So once you've done that, let's go ahead and we notice our swatches over here, let's just go, just go done. So, now this is here. Now this is the part of the pattern that we're going to be using, but let's go ahead and just take a large rectangle here and let's fill it with this pattern. I'll notice that it already did so exactly what you saw previously is did right here and now it's a repeatable pattern. The thing we can do with it now maybe we don't like the size and we can adjust that, no problem. So, let's go ahead and maybe if we don't want we want to change that size so that if we want to alter that tile again, let's go ahead and click up here in the new pattern that we just did. We'll double click it and we'll call it the flower, just to have a creative name in there, and we can go in and actually adjust the size of this whole thing by just bringing it down, so maybe we want it to be a little bit smaller. So, let's say done or let's say actually, let's say this is, if you say done, and it'll just alter what you have or you can just save a copy and just say like small flowers, and so, this is a new one. You'll notice that it added a new one. So then you have your bigger repeatable pattern and then now it goes down like little small ones. So, pretty neat little handy tool that you have here in Illustrator now. All right, so now that we've made a very simple pattern, let's make a more complex pattern. Maybe we have a lot of little elements and little pieces of artwork that we want to go ahead and make into a pattern. Now that we have all these icons, I can go ahead and make a pattern however I want, I can just take it and the nice thing about Illustrator again is that I can take all this as complex group of images and make it into a beautiful pattern very, very easily. So best way to do it, for me I like to try to make it, you can do it into a square as much as possible, I used worked within a obvious rectangle there, and let's go ahead and take this guy off there, so you can see where I built that in. I would make it even, and then you can mess around with filling in gaps later. So, let's just say I took this whole thing and I added all the elements put them in their, divied them up how I wanted. Now, let's go into objects pattern make. Now, this is might take a little bit more for the computer to handle just because it's a lot of complexial images. When I say complex, they're not really, but there's just a lot of them so it's going to slow it down. Let's go ahead and do, you know I want it to be brick by row. I like that a little bit better. Let's go back to size of the title art, save a little more flexibility here because it's going to match right up to the side of the artwork, and that way we can go ahead and have a little bit more control over it as you might say. So, let's go ahead and do the horizontal spacing, I want a little bit of space off of there, that might be even too much. I might want to take it, okay, maybe it's not. That's good. Then we'll go, we want the vertical spacing obviously right here it's getting really tight, so we're going to want to add a little bit even just that one. Now, maybe you'll notice that if you look around you'll see like there's this just like a gap right here. That bugs me and you can either move elements, like I can move that egg and I could multiply it over here, but then you'd have two eggs, or I could take this piece of cheese make it smaller, maybe I could do that, I can copy this. Okay, so, now there's that. So, let's go ahead and now that I've done that we're going to want to change the horizontal spacing again, make it smaller, bringing in closer, and there you go, maybe I like that a little bit better. Maybe I want to add in just even just a simple shape right there might do the trick. Let's just make it a black sheep. Let's see how that looks. So, then it fills in a little bit of that gap. So, it's nice to have it already as much as you can fill in those spaces, and so, you can add in all those little elements there, and if you need to fill in spaces just go out and do that. Then you can master the horizontal and vertical spacing and you can get that perfect. Now, what's cool about this is I can go ahead and take, like I've done before, I'm going to take this whole image and I'm going to want this to be a little bit smaller, I think. So, I'm going to shrink it down. It's going to take a little bit, and I want it to be five by five. You can just decide on how many copies you want that to be. Now I'm going to save this by saying "Done." So, I have this little unit here, I'm going to say if I'll get rid of that for just a second. Let's just say I want to add this to another. Let's do this. Take that edge off we're going to be doing the fill. Let's go over here and go to our Swatch and see what we've done. There you have it. So now you have your, let's click off the site here. Now you have a repeated pattern by using tons of different elements, and Illustrator makes it so easy for you just to have that now. Sometimes you don't like this little, you can distinct we thought it was a line and you want a little bit more overlap and you can do that like I did over there with the cheese. You can see it that now is overlapping and I added this little thing to fill in gaps and you could do the same thing over here. Again, you can go in there and double click on that and go in and alter it however you'd like even, like I said, you can even change the colors or add objects or move objects and it will save. You can save it as a copy so you can keep your old one if you like this one as well. So already well, happy pattern making because this is going to be a lot of fun, I hope you enjoy it. 6. Explore Design on Skillshare: [MUSIC]