MAKE A REPEAT PATTERN ILLUSTRATOR
I’m going to walk you through how to make a repeat pattern, seamless pattern, in Illustrator.
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SET UP YOUR ARTBOARD
Hey there, so first we’re going to go over to Illustrator, and we’re going to set up a new document, which is 1,000 width by 1,000 height. It doesn’t matter which way around because it’s both the same, and create.
ARRANGE YOUR REPEAT PATTERN DESIGN
Next, we’re going to get our elements that we’re going to use. For this tutorial, I’m going to use these Barbie legs and arms. Just reduce them there. So we have our Barbie legs all set up there. So first, we’re going to arrange them. Just to start, I’m going to duplicate them a couple of times and start arranging them in with the spacing kind of fairly even because the way we’re going to do our patterns is by using Illustrator’s pattern tool, which makes it really super easy to create the spacing that you want.
This is just me arranging the spacing. So I’ve duplicated it twice so far. To get more of a repeat, I’m just going to duplicate it one more time and rearrange those pieces, which is going to give the pattern more … It’s going to be harder to spot the repeat basically. The more elements that you have in different positions, the easier it is to make the repeat look better. Basically, the less elements you have, the closer they are together in their repeat. It’s going to be really obvious where the repeat in the pattern is. Let’s just get these elements done. Try not to put elements right next to each other that are the same. But try and keep that spacing pretty much … See, these two are the same. Let’s move this over and put it over here. Okay, so that’s the start of it.
REPEAT PATTERN METHOD 1
Next, so I’m arranged them. Then I’m going to go over to object and create a pattern. Make the pattern and press okay. Then I’m going to reduce the width so the spacing’s equal. I don’t need to reduce the height because the spacing’s pretty good there already. Now I’m going to just … These two are the same. I don’t want that. I’m going to flip that, and then I’m going to put one of these down here. One there, too. Flip that a little bit. Maybe flip this one as well so it’s a bit more … I’m not going to do different scales, just only to be the same scale. That would be nice to give a little bit more depth, but it really doesn’t matter. Let’s have a look. It’s just kind of like putting a puzzle together. Whoops, scaled it. It’s kind of like putting pieces of a puzzle together. Create the same amount of spacing throughout. We’ve got those two the same. I’m okay with that. Yeah, I’m okay with that. That’s good. Let’s put that there. And we’ve just got this one space we need to fill.
Okay, to get back to that it’s just going to have the swatch. To get back to it, you go to swatches. You scroll down, and you got your new … It’s created a new pattern. Just double click on that. There we go. We’re back in the swatch in the pattern. This is our last piece in the puzzle. I’m just going to create … shift the spacing over. I think we’re good. This is pretty good. You see how we’ve got this which repeats here, got this which repeats here, and we’re done. So what I’m going to do is just zoom out.
Let’s take them off the page. I wanted this on a black background, so I’m going to make sure it’s 1,000 by 1,000. This swatch is 1,000 by 1,000. Then I wanted the back to be black. And then copy pasting front. So I’ve pasted a new box in front, and it’s going to be this. So there’s our pattern. Repeat is successful. All done.
REPEAT PATTERN METHOD 2
Here’s the second method of actually how to repeat a pattern. I’m going to use the pattern we made using the Illustrator’s pattern function. It is 439 wide by 488 high. I’m going to copy these guys there. That’s 439 by 488; 439 by 488. And I want that to be black because that’s going to be the background. Then basically what you want to do is all these on the left edge, copy, paste them, and you want to move them. That’s 438 439 sorry. So they’re moved to this right-hand side, and then all of these guys, group them, and then we want to move them 488 down. There they are. I’ll just check and see if that foot’s hanging off the edge. No, it’s not. So there we are. We’ve got that set up. This guy actually needs to copy that guy and do it -439, over there, make it even.
Then all we need to do is copy that box in the background, bring it to the front, and then add a clipping mask. There we have our pattern repeated. So if we copy and paste it, there’s repeat left to right, repeat top to bottom is sorted. Let’s have a look. There’s our repeat top to bottom. And then what you can do is take this … The original method didn’t have the background in. So you just need to put the background in, but we can just take this, put this into the swatches, and there we have … If we then want to make … The pattern is going to be like that, but you need to just go in, just that, but you need to just go in there, change this to 439 by 488, and then we sort it. Done. Too easy. There’s your Barbie leg and arm repeat pattern just for you.
Color Changes in Your Repeat Pattern Design
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Here’s a tip on how to change colors in patterns quickly. We have this pattern, the swatch, which is this swatch here. We want to change it. We can either go in and magic wand elements. So go to magic wand, magic wand there, and change the color that way. If you don’t want to do that, sorry, we can select the swatch, whatever it is, and then go to edit colors and recolor artwork. And then there, we’ll click on that color, which is our leg color. I can change that. Let’s change that to green. Then it changes it to green, and then you can do the same with the background color. So you can change all your colors individually, which is pretty quick and super awesome.
Hope you’ve learned a little bit more about how to create a seamless, repeat pattern in Illustrator. It’s a simple technique, but you use it all the time when you’re a textile designer. Great, little technique. Yeah, if you want to download our textile design cheat sheets, link’s in the description. Subscribe to our channel. Please subscribe. Smash that log button. Smash it up. I’ll see you in the next video. So you’re … not actually. Feedback. If you want a Photoshop version of this video, this one was done in Illustrator, I can do a Photoshop version. If you want a Photoshop version, leave your feedback in the comments, and I will make one. See you in the next video. So yaaaaaa