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Let's Make Mirrored & Symmetrical Patterns in Procreate

teacher avatar Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to Class!


    • 2.

      Supplies & Class Project


    • 3.

      Intro to Symmetrical Patterns


    • 4.

      Project 1: Sketch


    • 5.

      Project 1: Color


    • 6.

      Project 1: Test and Finish


    • 7.

      Project 2: Sketch


    • 8.

      Project 2: Color


    • 9.

      Project 2: Test and Finish


    • 10.

      Project 3: Sketch


    • 11.

      Project 3: Color


    • 12.

      Project 3: Test and Finish


    • 13.

      Next steps


    • 14.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Let's Make Mirrored and Symmetrical Patterns in Procreate!

In this class I will be teaching you how to navigate Procreate's symmetry tool to learn how to create 3 types of patterns; mirrored, quadrilateral, and radial. These types of symmetrical patterns are not only fun and easy to create they are also really great to add to your portfolio. They are a versatile, classic, interesting pattern type that has many uses and never goes out of style. You are going to love making these types of patterns and will be amazed by how intricate and unique each one becomes!


All illustrators, artists or surface designers of any level who would like to learn more about working with procreate's symmetry tools. The skills that you will learn in class you can use to have fun making elaborate patterns on your ipad just for you or even professional grade patterns for your portfolio and clients.


Supplies you will need to create the class project:

  • Preferably Procreate with the iPad and apple pencil (to follow along exactly as I do.) Otherwise any other drawing tablet and similar drawing program such as Photoshop.


In this class I will be sharing my process for creating 3 different types of symmetrical patterns.

We will cover the following:

  • What are symmetrical patterns and how versatile they are.
  • How to create a mirrored pattern.
  • How to create a quadrilateral pattern.
  • How to create a radial pattern.

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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Kristina Hultkrantz

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Hello Everyone!

I'm Kristina Hultkrantz an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the super quaint small town Mariefred just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. You might also know me as EmmaKisstina on the internet. I've been working with illustration and design since 2007 and have worked full time as a freelance illustrator since 2010 and now a teacher since 2018.

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1. Welcome to Class!: [MUSIC] I'm obsessed with making mirrored and other symmetrical patterns in Procreate. Not only are they super fun and easy to make, but they are also a very versatile and a classic pattern type to add to your collections, and to your portfolio as a whole. You can create symmetrical patterns in so many styles from whimsical to traditional. Thankfully, I have also heard from clients that these types of patterns are really popular too. It's a win-win. In this class, let's make mirrored and symmetrical tile patterns in Procreate. I'm going to be introducing you to the wonderful world of mirrored and symmetrical tile pattern making. I'll be sharing with you three types of patterns from start to finish, starting with a classic mirrored pattern where the pattern is repeated from the left to the right side. Then we will move on to find quadrilateral and radial patterns that easily buildup to be really interesting and unexpected unique patterns. We're doing this all from the comfort of Procreate. Well, we'll use a little Photoshop too, just to professionally finish the patterns at the end. Hello, everyone. I'm Kristina Hultkrantz, an illustrator and surface designer from Mariefred, Sweden. I've been a full-time illustrator since 2010 and have been underrepresentation by the agent pink like studio for the past four years, I've had the pleasure of working with huge companies like Hobby Lobby, Joann, American Greetings, and Paintbrush Studio Fabrics to name a few. I have filled my surface design portfolio with hundreds and hundreds of illustrations and pattern designs. I played around with so many different styles and my own thing that I love to do but my latest obsession is making these symmetrical patterns. I just think they're really fun to me. I'm so excited to share with you in this class everything I know about making symmetrical patterns in Procreate. This class is great for anyone who loves playing around in Procreate and just wants to enjoy making some soothing meditative tile patterns for fun or for professional pattern makers who want to level up their surface design portfolios. Let's get started. [MUSIC] 2. Supplies & Class Project: To follow along in this class exactly, you will need an iPad, pencil, the app Procreate, digital brushes of your choice. It's totally fine to use the native brushes from Procreate or any of your other favorites. I will also be using Photoshop at the end to finish off our patterns so that they are professional and ready to send out to clients. For the class project, we'll be creating one, two or all three of the class projects by following along the videos in this class. Feel free to do all three or just one or as many as you like. If you're anything like me, you're going to find making these tile patterns really fun, and it's going to be hard to stop at just three. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your class projects in the project gallery. Be brave and put yourself out there and make sure to upload your class projects for this class. I'm always here to help, so if you have any questions, add them to the discussion board, or when you upload your project, I'd be happy to give you any feedback if you'd like. 3. Intro to Symmetrical Patterns: [MUSIC] Have I told you that merit and symmetrical patterns are really fun to make? I think I have already like three times, but they really are, but they're also super versatile, and a great addition to your portfolio. Before we get started on the technical pattern-making aspect and getting drawing, I just want to show you a couple of examples from my portfolio to give you some inspiration, as well as show you some other inspiration from Pinterest to show you all the different styles that you can create with these types of symmetrical patterns. Let's jump into the computer. Welcome to my computer, and I thought we could start off by looking at some of my work. Let's do that. I want to really show you how versatile these types of patterns are, and can be so that you can realize how easy they are to include in your portfolio. For this collection, I went all out with creating tile bold patterns, all of them except for the pink one here, are using the procreate symmetry tools. The first one is a placement illustration using the mirror tool, so everything that is created on the left is repeated on the right, and the rest of the patterns, this one and this gray floral, and this really intense. All of them are created using the quadrant symmetry tool. You can really intricate with your designs and create these really elaborate design, so it'd be great for wallpaper or for fabrics and closing and all things. You can also keep things relatively simple and create something a little bit more graphic. Doesn't have to be all this much detail. Again, like my placement here, it's quite graphic and simple, but because it has that mirroring, look to it looks really professional. I like that. I don't plan out these types of patterns because they find it difficult to figure out how to plan them, and how they would turn out, so I just jump in and get started on the drawing and see what happens when I put it together, where it looks like it's always a surprise when I put it into repeat to see what it's going to be like. But I think that's really exciting and fun. As long as you have a color palette that you are using, the collection is going to look good together, especially having some theme like this one was with flowers. Another collection type here is this one that is a Christmas collection. Again, I did three mirrored and symmetrical patterns to go with these placements for Christmas designs. You don't always have to think of these tile bowl symmetrical patterns as having to be geometric or just shapes or florals. They can be whimsical with different designs such as here I had reads and mailboxes, and packages and things for this collection which was called with love from Santa. Another example here is my collection called forage, where I have combined several different types of patterns to make one collection because they have a similar color palette, I think that they are united by that. We have a theme of mushrooms for two of the pieces, but these graphic coordinates really bring it together with some interests. I really like these two together with the orange colored flower and this orange colored pattern, and this other blue mushroom print, I think, is complemented really well with this geometric tile pattern. That's a great way of bringing some interests into your pattern collections without doing something really simple, like a stripe. Like these two are very simple. This is just a tweak that I've repeated several times. Here's the terrazzo print, which is a little bit more exciting than your traditional Polka dot. But I much prefer making these more ornate patterns that are really unique and different. A couple more examples from my portfolio, I can show you, this really like spring palette, and I have turned the square to make it a diamond instead, and that also is something that you can use to make it a little bit more dynamic, rather than being a traditional grid repeat. Again, I did the same thing with this, I put the square on an angle so that it has the diamond look instead, which I think there's a lot more interesting patterns and having the grid instead. Again here, I'm limited color palette, so it looks really sophisticated. This will look beautiful as a wallpaper and really fun to make. We can zoom in a little bit, so you can see some detail. But because it is such a limited color palette, even though there's a lot going on, it's still quite subdued. I think. Go, another way that you can use these mirroring tools, here I've used the mirror tool to create these rounded scallop design, and I put that into repeat, that's a really cute fun look. You can also go into traditional tile. Here is with the grid repeat. But because it is painterly, and it's a classic pattern style, it repeats really beautifully, and this could be in any color palette and work really well for many different kinds of collections as a complement to your more complex designs, just to add some interests. These could be used to create beautiful tiles, actual tiles, or different rugs and things like that, so they're very versatile. I love making these designs if you haven't understood already. Then here's another simple example of a mirrored pattern, where I've just used two colors, two tones. Again, it's really simple, but there's still lots of design elements going on here. You can make any style design with these symmetrical tools. I hope that you've understood that and that's been inspiring. It's not all about just making geometric designs. Here I haven't really shown you any geometric designs. Maybe these are the most geometric that I have, but I like to use organic things like flowers, and things in my work. Now it's thought that we could jump into Pinterest just to get even more inspiration. I have a board here called Abstract Design Accents. Because sometimes in your design work you just want a little abstract geometric designs, and I have strangely a difficult time coming up with those kinds of designs, so here I have lots of inspiration. Again, these types of designs for tiles, look at classic Moroccan tiles or Spanish tiles or Middle Eastern tiles, and you can get so much inspiration for different patterns and shapes to create within your patterns. To start off with, never full-out copy something, but take elements from different patterns like this. Like thinking about a shape like this, but making a different petal shapes, and different colors and then adding another element like this. There's so much inspiration just in this one image that we can work so much with that. Again, here's more geometric tile patterns that you are happy to work on. Again, this tons of inspiration for a very geometric types of patterns in this style. Here again, if you just put it on the side, you can get a diamond shaped pattern that's really beautiful, so I will leave the links to my Pinterest boards if you would also like to check them out and look for inspiration in these that I've already gathered. I also wanted to show you I have a surface pattern design inspiration board, and within this, because mirrored another symmetrical patterns are so popular. They have a lot of examples in here, even though I haven't put them in a specific section. Straight up we have this pattern that is a classic mirrored patterns, so the birds are mirrored as the pattern. From the center line, which is really beautiful here's a William, no, this is not William Morris, but William Morris works a lot with mirrored patterns as well. This I believe is how no bend and bow. Yeah. She's a Swedish pattern maker and creates lots of wallpaper design. She also loves to work on the mirrored pattern type. That's a classic design that you could use using the mirror tool. Let's keep going. Here's another example of a beautiful mirroed design that is repeated on the left and right side, houses a beautiful limited color palettes who's really soothing and sophisticated to look at. Then I have some examples of some tiles here, the classic tiles, but here they're not very graphic, the very painterly, and if that's your style, you can add that kind of texture into your artwork, which will be really beautiful. Again here, tons of different examples of different tiles. These are so much fun to make. You can create different tiles that are similar in style, but just by tweaking some of the lines, they're going to be repeating different ways. Once we get started on drawing, you're going to understand what I mean about the versatility and how it just that comes to life without you understanding how it's going to look in the end. It is so exciting to put it into repeat later and see what's going to look like. This is a very, very intricate mirrored pattern that makes my head spin to understand how it's being made, but I assume it is mirrored here in the middle. That's very intense mirrored pattern. Look at a couple of more. Here's another really textured pattern with a title. Here you can have the line in the middle so you can see what the original tile look like. If that gives you inspiration for how the pattern could be made up by having a larger detailed stripe in the diagonal and then to corner pieces, it will turn into this lattice print, which is really interesting. Now I pressed the wrong button, but anyways, I hope that this little rundown, quick rundown of patterns in the mirrored and symmetrical pattern type has given you some inspiration for what kind of patterns you would like to create, and have some reference for some design ideas that you can bring to your artwork. [MUSIC] 4. Project 1: Sketch: [MUSIC] Now that we've gathered some inspiration for the types of patterns that we would like to create, it's time to get started on the first class project. That is going to be to create a mirrored pattern, so let's get started. Lets get started on our first symmetrical pattern. I'm going to open up a new file in Procreate, and I'm going to use my Instagram template, which is a 4,000 by 4,000 pixel square canvas. That's it set at 300 DPI with sRGB as the color profile. Just you know large square that can be used to create a professional pattern in a big size so that it's high-quality. Then we're going to go in to the wrench icon, Drawing Guide and press Symmetry. Right away you get the vertical symmetry and that's exactly what we want. Now, we can just get started drawing. I hope that you have gathered some ideas so that you have figured out what you want to draw. I'm going to change the background color because white sometimes it's difficult for filming. I'm going to choose this gorgeous like brownie color. I'm going to start sketching now. I'm just going to choose a darker color so that you'll be able to see what I'm doing. I'm just using a pencil brush. I have in the layer here, you'll see that it's assisted is clicked on, because we made sure that when we went into the symmetry tools, that is what's going to happen. If you create a new layer and you can see that it doesn't automatically go into assisted mode, you can click on the square and right drawing assist or unclick. I'm actually going to have one layer now that we're going to use that unassisted for the beginning of this sketch, because in the middle of my mirrored pattern, I'd like a strip of designs that aren't mirrored on both sides. I think that makes the pattern a little bit more dynamic when not everything is completely mirrored and perfect. I've heard that for my pattern. I've been enjoying mushrooms season, it's October. I'm going to be drawing some more mushrooms. I'm going to start off with, and I'm just drawing for a memory. Let's do a gorgeous. In Swedish, they're called Galileo 1, Italian, you might know them as porcine. [LAUGHTER] That's my little mushroom. He's quite symmetrical but he'll be slightly not perfect. We can add in, in the center also another cluster of mushrooms. Then here we can have a little bit more variation here, so you understand that it's not perfectly symmetrical. Then, because I want this pattern to look good from many different ways, I'll do another mushroom, but this time I will have it upside down. [NOISE] Here we go. That's the start of my pattern and the middle section that's not repeated in a mirrored wave. Now I'm going to go back to my layer 1, that is assisted. Now I'm going to start doing the mirrored parts. As you see here, as I start to draw a mushroom, it is automatically drying on the other side. I'm just going to go ahead and make up some cute mushrooms to add in here. Different sizes and shapes, like that one. Let's see. You can decide to have little bugs and critters too, just to mix it up. It's not just mushrooms everywhere and it can be a little twigs and things like that. As you see here, because this wasn't symmetrical this area, this overlap. I would have to consider that, see. You can have a big toads stool as they're called in English. Classic mushroom because they're so cool looking, very poisonous. The Swedish, they're called flukes funk, fly mushroom. I don't know, do they attract flies? I love the red and white. I'm just going to keep going and adding as many Mushrooms as I can think of. I can do some. Another Swedish classic is the chanterelle mushroom. My new favorite mushroom is the black trumpet mushroom. They have really cool look to them. [NOISE] Then I want to do some more mushrooms that are in a little cluster, because they think that they add something. Again, you can fill out the areas with other little twirly is a little like a dealer leaves and things like that. Again, see, you have to make sure to look at if it's not symmetrical, you can have to look at the area that is smaller there, but I can fix that again when I am doing the final illustration. Then we just continue a little bit more details. That is great for now. I think that we're going to understand, how this pattern is made up. I'm going to start here. We'll work on the centerpiece and then we're going to switch it around so we can work on the edges later. But for now, this is how we're going to set up our mirrored pattern. In the next section we're going to start on the final colored illustration. [MUSIC] 5. Project 1: Color: Now we're going to do the same thing, but now we're going to color in our illustration. So we are going to just reduce the colors of our lines so that they're not too distracting. Bring them down to 35 so you can still see. Then on a layer underneath my sketch, I'm going to again not have it assisted, so I'm just going to draw regularly the first ones that I have in the middle here. I'm going to just use creamy. I'm going to use a pastel type pencil brush and get going on this. I like how it has a rough texture. I'm just going to simply draw all my motifs on one layer. I'm not going to think about different layers because I think that these are quite simple. I'm going to keep them simple. I'm going to turn off my sketch there just so I can see what I'm doing a little bit better. I'm going to add a couple of shadows to it to make it a little bit more interesting. I'm going to turn it on to Alpha lock. I'm going to choose a darker color of this green and another brush that I like, this one is from Lisa Glanz, and just add some quick texture there. With the white, I'll also add in another texture just to give it some shadows, something is happening here. Same thing on the top of this mushroom, just to give it dynamic. Also to give it the look of the porcini, then you have to have a lighter edge here. Maybe even lighter. Then I need to give this mushroom some shadowing. Go back to my brush. Go back, I think this is a little too thick. I'm just going to reduce my lines to make them a little bit more delicate. Last, I'll give this one a little bit. Then we have our first mushrooms in the middle designed. I'm going to create another layer on top of that and I'm going to make sure to press "Drawing Assist" so it's going to repeat on both sides so that we have the perfectly mirrored pattern here. I'm going to do the same thing in coloring these other mushrooms. Let's see if this shows up. Controversy is so fun to see them in the woods because of that gorgeous yellowy orange colors. They're so easy to find because they just glow on top of the green moss. There are a little tricky sometimes they like to be under bushes and things, but if you lift up and look inside, then you can easily find them. Well mushroom hunting tip, so I becomes such a mushroom nerd. I've read so many books and every weekend we're out in the forest looking at different things, were really careful to just so you know, I never pick anything that has a very similar poisonous look alike. I just don't want to go there. I like when poisonous mushrooms like this one, the toad stool, flux one is so obviously poisonous because it's bright red. It's not so difficult to understand that it's poisonous. Red and a little bit more orange. Before I go into the white dots, I want to do the texture on top. I'm going to press my texture brush, swipe with two fingers to the right to make it Alpha lock. I'm just going to go in and bring a texture in there first before I then un-Alpha lock it by again swiping to the right with two fingers. I'm getting my whites and then I have some texture underneath my white dots. I'm going to go back into drawing my other ones and then I'll add texture to everything. Now I've added the first layer of colors. I'm just going to go in and do some texturizing here. I'm going to turn off my sketch because I don't need that anymore. I'm going to Alpha lock it with two fingers to the right. Or you can also go in here and press "Alpha Lock." I'm going to add my different textures here. There are some dynamic texture in here now. We've done the centerpiece of this illustration. I want to of course, make sure that we're filling out the entire pattern. To do that, we're going to have to do some little switch things around. We want to make sure that we're not going to touch this. I want to make a copy of this so we can mess around with, but keep this original in case we want to go in and change colors in the future or do something else with this. I'm going to highlight these two finished layers with the color on them. Then these fingers down, copy all. Then three fingers down and then paste. Now I have the finished artwork with the background, which will be helpful so that we can easily switch this around. Now that we have that, it's okay that we have the copy here. Making sure that snapping is on. Snapping. You can also have magnetics on. We're going to pull this to the center and you're going to see two yellow lines that it snaps onto the exact center line of this. Then I'm going to duplicate this image and move that to the right and make sure again, you can see the two yellow center lines that it's snapping to. Again, we're going to duplicate that and we're going to pull that one down to the bottom edge. Again, you saw that there was a yellow. Then duplicate one more time. What's important here is that we now know what space we have to fill up. I'm going to zoom in here so you can tell. This is the space where we're going to have to fill up in the rest of the illustration. To do that, I want to make sure that I'm drawing this as big as I can. Because it doesn't matter if the quality is bad on these four, I'm going to merge them together. You can smooch them together. I never feel like this works. But it did. I'm going to resize this so that we have this section. You see where it's repeating and this section in the middle is all we have left. Make sure that you're on that merged image. We're just going to make it bigger. I'm going to zoom in until you see this. You can see that I'm going to keep making patterns until this edge, and up until here. This is the whole area that we need to fill out. We're going to start working on illustrating in here. I can take away my two sketches for the other ones now since we're not using them. We have already move down to the artwork. Again, in this middle section, it can be nice to have items that aren't perfectly repeated though so I'm going to start with that. I'm going to start a sketch with my sketch pencil in the center here and create some mushrooms. Again, I haven't been doing so many that are upside down so I think it's time to do another that's upside down. I'm going to make sure that it's really off and asymmetrical so you can really see that it's not mirrored. Another one over here. Pointy mushroom there. Then maybe one last mushroom in the center. What else should we do? There's so many different kinds of mushrooms and I'm just trying to do this from my head so that it's really unique and my own. What else can we do? I like these clusters so let's do another random cluster . Enter the color. Big cluster of little mushrooms. I think this would be nice if they were light in color. Again, we have those that are not mirrored, just to make this mirrored pattern a little bit more interesting. We have that. Then I'm going to do another sketch layer. This time I'm going to make sure that it's on Drawing Assist so it will help me with the mirroring. So here we go again. We're going to start adding in mushrooms this way again. Do another trumpet mushroom. Maybe another chanterelle. We'll do some more a little swirly things. I need to get more bugs in here. So maybe it's time for a little lady bug over here again. That one is going to only be mirrored one time so I might have to adjust that later in Photoshop or I know that I have to adjust that later in Photoshop. They are called finger mushrooms in Swedish. I don't know what they're called in English. That could be nice to add. I'll add another. It's difficult to do, I think, perfect. They become too perfect this just looks weird to me. I'll do a little leaf. Another beetle. Maybe it could be a different color, doesn't have to be the ladybug colors. It can be another color. This one maybe is slightly too off center because it's messing things up. I'll just move that, there. Here we have the second sketch. Again, I'm going to go in and just color this really quickly so in two layers because we have the ones that are mirrored and then there were the one that isn't mirrored. I'll start by reducing these so they're not too in our face and distracting when we try to draw. I'm going to start to color these in quickly. Here we go. Here's the final pattern. It's going to need some tweaking in Photoshop later because this is not tillable. We're going to turn that dye for the second layer away and now we're left with these two clumps of illustrations. Then we're going to bring into Photoshop to make it into an actual repeatable pattern. That's all going to make sense when we get to Photoshop. But for now, we've made two beautiful sections that we're going to put together in Photoshop of this beautiful mushroom pattern. 6. Project 1: Test and Finish: [MUSIC] Welcome to Photoshop. It's time to get this pattern finished. For the final pattern swatch, we can remove anything that we don't need such as these Sketch Layers. It's just a sketch, so we definitely don't need these anymore, so I'm going to delete that and the other one. I'm also going to delete this guide that we used to figure out the empty space that we need to fill up so we don't need that anymore. We're then left with these different layers. I'm going to close up the first top two because those are the middle space. And I'm just going to start off with this, the original mushroom pattern that we created. I see now that they're upside down from when I created, how I envisioned it. But I think I'm going to rotate everything. There we go. It's more how I had envisioned it. In the recent Photoshop versions, they have a new thing called pattern preview. So you You into view, pattern preview and you're going to start making your swatch. It's really easy to use. Now we're going to see how well everything matches up, but it should, because we made a guide and everything. I'm going to move so that we have this other space open. I'm going to bring in this other section, these two. I'm going to make sure to highlight them. We could group these to make things easier. I'm going to highlight those two command G to group that, and I'm going to group the other one as well. This becomes slightly less confusing. I'm going to make sure that auto-select is on group instead. Now when I pull this over, it's going to fit perfectly into the space that we created. Let's see, fits perfectly. The only thing that I want to adjust is this at all. Where they got ladybug because it became two. I want to go in and just make sure that there's one. I'm going to zoom in here and I'm going to Hello and not zoom in that way. Here we go. Make sure I'm going into Group 1 and we're going to figure out which layer is on. I'm going to erase by pressing the E button. Then I have my background on white. I have to make sure that this is placed there. Again, E, make sure that your background color is your eraser white, so it's at the bottom there. Now when I go into erase here, it should be the same. It doesn't even look like the same color. This is not working out. Press E again. Now we have this correct color as weird. Then I just have to take my lasso tool and select this beautiful ladybug. It looks weird here, but that's because we're in the Pattern Preview mode. So it's selected there and at the bottom. But don't worry, press your V button to get this selection tool. We're just going to move it to the center. Please select there. Now our pattern is done. I think there's a little empty space here that I would love to put one of these ladybugs. I'm going to lasso that as well. Press V to get the selection tool and you see that there's a little scissors here now when you hover over it, I'm going to press option and pull it over. While it's still selected, I'm going to press Command T to transform. I'll zoom in so you can see better. I'm going to Flip Vertical. It's facing the other way around. I'm going to pull it down over here. Press Enter and De-select. Now, we have filled up all the empty spaces. We can see now that we zoomed out how the pattern's looking and repeating beautifully, it has that grid repeat with the mushrooms that's fun to see. When you zoom in it's really intricate and beautiful. Here, we have our Swatch. In Photoshop here we can create, Edit, Define Pattern, press Okay and then we can turn off Pattern Preview. You will have your swatch right there. It's all ready to go and you can send that off to printers or you can save that and download it and upload it to Spoonflower, anything that you want. It's all ready to go as a perfectly repeatable grid swatch. If you want we can create a new file. We just came as an example, we can do an A4, Create, and then I can make a fill box, it doesn't matter what color it is. I'm going to create three of these. It's going to make sense in a second. Let's just rotate. Here we go. I'm going to make three of these. Then I'm just going to select all of them and transform them slightly so that we have an equal amount. There we go. Now I'm going to select this for a top one. I'm going to go down to here Function, Pattern. It's going to fill with some other pattern. I'm going to go in here and take the last one that I created. It's going to be really large. Here we can scale it down. Going to scale it down quite a lot, maybe 45 is good. Then we're going to see in-between this rectangle and then the pattern fill we have this hand and I'm going to press the Option button. It becomes this square with the little triangle. Press that and it's going to put the pattern in there. Now we can move the pattern around and adjust it so it looks good in this little swatch. Now we're going to be able to put our patterns side-by-side to see how they look. If you think this scale is still a little bit too big, we can double-click on the pattern again and reduce the scale again. Here we go. Maybe that's better so that we can see there's really repeating a lot. That is our first mirrored pattern. It wasn't that painfully hard, was it? Now I realized that I was going to make this into a toadstool and I forgot the dots. We could do that in Photoshop if we wanted, but I'll leave it like this. It was meant to be it was meant to be. [MUSIC] 7. Project 2: Sketch: [MUSIC] Mirrored pattern-making was fun but we're going to have even more fun making quadrilateral patterns. It sounds a lot more complex than what it really is. Let's jump right into the second class project. Here we go. The previous section we did a mirrored pattern and possibly that was a little complicated, but I swear that was the most difficult pattern out of these symmetrical patterns, and we started with that first. It's just going to be super easy from here on. We're going to create another square canvas. Again, I'm going to use the 4,000 by 4,000 canvas that I did before. This time we're going to go into Drawing Guide, we're going to turn on symmetry, but then go to Options and choose the quadrant option. Now, we have four quadrants. Everything that's going to be drawn on this quadrant is going to be repeated on the other quadrants. This time we don't have to think about any blank space, we can just fill up the entire title as much as we want to. To make sure that it matches with my other pattern, I'm going to use the same brushes and the same color palettes. At the end, this can be a little minicollection of three patterns together with the same theme. Again, I'm not going to do something completely similar but I thought it would be fun to keep the mushroom theme going by including at least one mushroom in this pattern. I'm going to keep it quite graphic. Again, I want to choose a background color to make it interesting. Last time we had a beautiful browny color, so maybe this time we'll do a slimy green color. I think that could be interesting or really make one of those fluke swamp pop. We're going to do some sketching here, and we're going to be on Assisted. I'm going to choose a dark color, my sketching pencil, and I'm going to start sketching in stuff. I told you, I don't plan out these patterns because I can't really visualize how they're going to turn out. I find it exciting to just see how they'll turn out later. But I know that if I create a pattern like this or a shape like that, it's going to be some sort of diamond in the middle of my pattern. Same thing if I do a round thing like this, it's going to become like a clover. If you do a round circle, you're going to get a wonky circle on the edge, which is fun too. I like all that stuff. What should we do? I definitely wanted to include a mushroom or two. So maybe we'll start with that. I'm going to start off with the main mushroom that I want to include, and that's going to be one of those toad stool mushrooms. Maybe this is the only mushroom I'm going to include in the entire piece. I think it'll be fun to include some nice, organic, geometric shapes and just create lots of patterns like that within that. I think we need to have some sort on the side here. It needs some companions like that. I think that's enough mushrooms and the rest can be lots of organic lines and shapes and things like that. You can do circles and some line work. You could put in some grid if you wanted to make things really line up perfectly. But I am all about things being wonky and hand-drawn looking. If I have to adjust a couple lines and draw in some things in Photoshop later, I'm totally fine doing that because it's just going to make it look a lot more organic and hand-drawn. I keep choosing another color. Here we go. See what pattern that's going to make at the edge there could be really interesting. For the most part, I've noticed that they end up matching quite well anyways, so I don't worry about that too much. Sometimes you can go in and add other details later when you come into Photoshop that will look nice. You can always choose items that you have drawn to add in there. I'm not really sure what to do here. [NOISE] I think that is good enough for me. You could test the pattern now by duplicating and doing the four small quadrants to see what it's going to look like if you want to. But I like to just wait and be surprised by what is going to happen. [MUSIC] 8. Project 2: Color: [MUSIC] Now it's time to add color to this, this one again, I think I want to use not quite as many colors as the last time, but still introduce some colors. So I'm going to use another assisted layer. I'm going to start off with this beautiful brown color, if it looks good to the screen, let's see. I'm going to also reduce my sketch layer so we know. Got distracted by that, I get my pastel pencil again and start drawing. Could be okay. It look good? I don't know. I think it needs to be a little darker. Maybe we try this one. I'm going to place my layer that I'm coloring underneath the sketch so I can continue to see the sketch in all areas. Now that I have this, we also decide maybe it's easier if I do want to go back and re-color this, and I should add more layers this time than I did on the other one where I just created mushroom icons that I might not necessarily want to re-color or they're pretty easy to recolor also later. I'm going to create another assisted drawing layer that I can layer on top of this just to do the details, just to make it easy on myself. I'll make a clipping masks on this layer so I can add stripes and things like that. I'll go back to my original layer and draw in my mushroom. Again, because I want to draw on top of the other stripes, I'm going to go to my clipping mask layer just to add these dots. Maybe I'll use the lighter green. Since this is a clipping mask, I can do my textures of the mushroom using that. I'm just going to turn off the sketch layer. I'm also going to add some background texture as well, just some subtle in the center, just to give it some variation. I didn't put that on assisted, so that didn't work. Let me just do that one more time. Now I can draw and then it will be everywhere. There we go. I added a little bit more dynamics to the background. I'm going to go back and add that one last detail that I didn't try it. I'm going to put that on this layer, I'm going to Alpha lock it. Then what color should I do now? I've done this nice pink before. This is coming from that layer. I could go in and delete that from this layer. I think I need some lightness in there. I'll do the white to make this pop. Here we go. There's the final tile for this section and we'll meet in the next section and create the table patterns. See how it turned out that this is the part that I think is so much fun. It never turns out horrifically ugly. I always just think that it's exciting not to totally plan it out and see where it looks like so you can be pleasantly surprised. [MUSIC] 9. Project 2: Test and Finish: [MUSIC] Now it's time to create a tileable pattern with this one, and this is going to be even easier because we pretty much just have to turn on Pattern Preview and see how it turned out. Before we do that, I'm getting too excited, let's also clean up our file so we remove the sketch because we don't need to send that ups. For example, if we were going to send this off as a final file to a client, they don't need to have the sketches or anything like that. Now we can go to "View", "Pattern Preview", and this is our final pattern, and we can zoom out to see how it looks. I'm really happy with how it's repeating. I think I want to add one little line here just so that it looks a little bit more finished there. But otherwise, I really like how this turned out. I think it has a nice dynamic and things like that. Just to add that extra line there, I'm going to zoom in to one of these sections where it's within the blue line. I'm going to zoom in even more. I'm going to select this orange color. I'm going to get a brush. I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. I have no idea what brush this is, but it mimics this. It doesn't have to be exactly perfect, that's not my style. Let's see. I'm on this layer. I'm going to have it on all the lock too. Does that work? Nothing's happening. Was to light this pen. Good. I was using too light, the color. Here we go. Doesn't quite match that pencil, but I don't want to spend an hour trying to find the perfect pencil with you on camera. But that's good enough for me. Now when we zoom out, it's not repeating, obviously, because we don't have that here. I need to remember that, of course. So I have to do the same thing over here. [NOISE] See? Here we go. Now we have the final pattern finished and it looks great. Again, I'm going to do this "Edit", "Define Pattern", so it's saved to that pattern library, press "Okay". We're going to turn off Pattern Preview and I'm going to make sure to save this, watch. "Save As" project 2, [NOISE] "Save". Then I'm going to go into this and above the middle triangle, again, I'm going to press this function "Pattern", select the last one, which is my mushroom pattern, and I'm going to reduce the scale again to, what was it? Like 34 for the other one, could be good for this too. I'm going to hover in between this line between the rectangle and the pattern fill, press "Option" to get this little symbol, and click. Again, make sure that you're on the selection. Now I can move this to decide where I want it. I don't know if I want to have this part. I liked this part better, so here I go like this and decide where I want that. These look quite cute together too. This is quite busy, this one's quite busy too. You can play around with the scale to make this even smaller or bigger to make it look better. But that's our second project finished and the second type of symmetrical pattern learned. [MUSIC] 10. Project 3: Sketch: [MUSIC] Last but not least, it's time to get started on the third-class project, which is to create an intricate radial pattern. Let's go. Last but not least, we're going to get started on our final project, which is a radial pattern. We're going to open up another 4,000 by 4,000 square Canvas. Go open up the drawing guide and we're going to edit it, this time I'll press symmetry options, radial. This time we're going to sketch out our design, it's going to be repeated eight times. It's going to be really intricate and you can really get some fun details in there. You can make really beautiful medallion patterns in this tool, it's really versatile. If I'm thinking about this being a third pattern in this mini collection and the mushroom pattern at the beginning was my hero print, then I had that tile pattern is quite graphic as my secondary print, I want to make this an interesting blender. By doing so, I want to not make it too boring by having it just be really simple. I want to make this interesting but still calm for the eyes. I'm going to choose to do this as a two-tone. I'm going to pick a background color right now. Let's see. We did a red green color. Let's do this like [inaudible] reddish peach or should we go for the pink? I'm not sure which one would actually look good. This is something that we can adjust later because previously we had this color, this too similar. We had the Green. I think the pink could be Q. I'll try it at least and we can always adjust it later because we do yellow but I'm not feeling it. In this assisted layer, I'm going to start my sketch so we can figure out what we want this to look like. I'm going to choose again a dark color and we're going to start to draw this in. Again, I don't like to use a grid. I just use these as guides, the radial lines. I want this to be just quite simple I guess, but also what's going on. I'm not afraid to add in lots of details, especially since this is going to be two colors on me. It's just going to be one line. You can get away with adding a lot more details if it's just going to be like that. I'm going to remember to add in some of the design elements that I had previously used. We have some continuity in the collection. Again, I also want to have some mushroom element just so that we can bring these parents together. I'm going to make sure to use at least one mushroom here [NOISE] Maybe I'll even include my little ladybugs from before. Just to add in that a lot detail, sprigs to bring those in here. Now we have a really complex pattern here, but it took a couple of minutes to create, seconds almost. Here we go. This super complex we can say pattern, but it didn't take much effort and it's going to have really beautiful results [MUSIC] 11. Project 3: Color: All right, It's time to bring this to life in color. It's pretty much there. We're just going to refine this. I'm going to, again, reduce my sketch so it's not so intense. I'm going to use I think a lighter pink color to do my lines. I'm going to use my pastel pencil brush here. I'm going to create a layer. Make sure that it's on drawing assist. I'm going to place it underneath my sketch so that I can still see what I'm doing. I'm going to choose a pink color that's a little bit lighter. Let's see what that looks like. Make sure that I'm on not the sketch layer and I can start to draw. That's pretty contrast. I think I need to reduce my sketch a little bit more. Otherwise, it's going to be difficult to see. Now I'm just going to fill in my lines because I'm just using one color to fill everything in. I have to remember and just to use lines and fill in certain areas. Certain areas are just lines and using line details. Here we go. To bring these dots back, I'm just simply going to use the eraser tool just to erase using the same brush. That's my pattern complete. How quick and easy was that. It's quite flat at the moment. I want to consider adding a little bit of texture just so it's a little bit more interesting. I'm going to create a clipping mask that's also going to be drawing assist. I want to pick I think a lighter pink, even lighter, just to add a little bit more. It's glowing a little bit. In certain areas, like the mushroom, we're here in the center. You can see that it just lifts it slightly. It's a very subtle but you can tell that something's happening in certain areas. I think that looks really nice. There we go. There's my final illustration. A radial pattern is super complex and people are going to wonder how long that took you. But seriously, I don't know how many minutes that took, but it wasn't very many. That is something that you can add to your portfolio as a blender print that's way more interesting and exciting than a polka dot or a stripe or a simple tossed floral. I'm so excited to share this with you as well. 12. Project 3: Test and Finish: [inaudible] it's time to test out this final radial pattern that we created and see how this turned out. The same thing, it's going to be really easy. We just need to take away the sketch layer. I'm just going to delete that so we're left with these two layers. We're going to open up View Pattern Preview. This one I don't think needs any adjustments. As you see, I didn't use any guides, but it still lines up because of the way that one of these mirroring tools works. I think this looks incredible. Look how fun this looks. It looks so complex and so difficult to create. But you saw it only took me a couple of minutes to make an entire pattern like this. That's why I think these kinds of patterns are really interesting that they're quick and easy to make and they bring so much to your portfolio. I don't need to do any adjustments here that I can see at all. I really like this. I'm going to go Edit, Define Pattern, just going to save it like this. I'm going to go out of our Pattern Preview. Again, this is our perfect swatch as it is. I can save that. I'm going to save this as Project 3 on the PSD so it's editable later. That one is finished as well. That took us seriously a minute to do. It's ready to be sent off to clients and everything, and sold for $100. Same thing here, we're going to take the last triangle, and on top of that we're going to add one of these pattern layers. We're going to go and select the last one we did here. Again, we need to scale it down so it fits in here. Thirty-four, I will test out. I'm going to press Option between the two layers to make a clipping mask there. Then I'm going to just adjust this. It looks nice. I'm not sure I like this parch. Here we have a mirrored and symmetrical pattern collection that we created really simply, quick and easy. It was really fun, don't you think? You can see because they have the same mushroom theme they're drawn with the same brushes and color palette, and they have that mirrored look. It really works well together and it's really dynamic and interesting collection. You could move on to add placement illustrations to this collection to make it even more interesting. You can learn more about that in my other classes that I have. Check out my profile. Other than that, these three projects are now finished, and you've learned how to create simple and easy and fun symmetrical patterns. 13. Next steps: [MUSIC] My hope is that after taking this class, you feel a lot more comfortable creating symmetrical patterns and have fallen in love with making them just as much as I have, because they really are so fun, they're meditative and you never really know what the outcome is going to be. It's really difficult to plan them and they just come to life as you're drawing them, which is really exciting and half of the fun or all of the fun maybe. I really hope that you've gotten tons of ideas for different kinds of symmetrical patterns that you can add to your portfolio in your art-making practice. But here are a few other things that I'd like you to do to keep going. First step, I would love for you to keep playing with these symmetrical tools and the different types to see what different styles and moods and textures you can play with to make really versatile and unique patterns to add to your collections and your portfolio. Second step, I would love for you to play with old pattern collections and illustration pattern collections to bring them new fresh light so that you can revive them and make them more popular possibly. Can you add a new fresh symmetrical pattern to your collection to give it a little bit of a boost? While you're at it, you can always consider giving it a new color palette as well. It might bring new life to that pattern collection. You can send it off to your clients for a second look. Lastly, if you still feel like you need a little bit more design to help for your patterns and collection and illustration work, I have nearly 30 other classes here on Skillshare that I would love for you to check out. Please go to my profile page to view all of my class offerings from my illustration classes, surface design classes, sketchbook classes, to other creative business classes. I would especially like to recommend my elaborate hand-drawn half drop pattern classes, as well as my design collection for art licensing class. I think they'll be really helpful for you after this class. 14. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] That's it. Thank you so much for taking this class with me and learning all about symmetrical pattern-making. I really hope that you're as in love with making these types of patterns as I am, and I hope that my class has made you feel really inspired about creating and adding these patterns to your portfolio. I look so forward to seeing all of your class projects, either one or all three in the project gallery. Please let me know if you'd like any specific feedback. Because I would love to help you with that, if you'd like to grow your work even more. If you'd like to hang out with me outside of Skillshare, you can find me on Instagram @emmakisstina, my website is emmakisstina.com. I also have a very supportive Facebook group link in the description where I have lots of prompts to really support other fellow illustrators and pattern makers as they are starting on their journey to full-time careers. I'd love to see you there as well. Thanks again so much for watching this class with me. I hope to see you in my other classes. Follow me here on Skillshare, so you know when I will post my next one. See you then, bye. [MUSIC]