Creating Patterns in Illustrator - #24

Creating Patterns in Illustrator – #24

Creating Patterns in Illustrator – #24

In this lesson, we will look at pattern creation using Photoshop and Illustrator. We will create a repeating pattern in Illustrator and use it to fill an object. We will also look at scaling, rotating and moving a pattern within a shape.


Module Description Step
1 Pattern Creation in Photoshop and Illustrator 1-7
2 Using Illustrator’s Pattern Tool 1-19
3 Adding a Background Color to the Pattern 1-7
4 Applying the Pattern Swatch to an Object 1-8
5 Rotating a Pattern Within an Object 1-5
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MODULE 1 • Pattern Creation in Photoshop and Illustrator

Step Description
1A Before we begin, note that complete Mac and Windows Commands, Keyboard Shortcuts & Mouse directions are written in the script, and mentioned only in the audio.

The video shows only Mac Commands, using a one-button mouse.

Here are the Keyboard Shortcut abbreviations and differences:

  • Mac: Command (Cmd) = Windows: Control (Ctrl)
  • Mac: Option (Opt) = Windows: (Alt)
  • Shortcut directions are written as follows:
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Keyboard Letter
    • Opt/Alt + click

This means press & hold the Command key if you have a Mac, or the Control Key if you have Windows, then press the letter, or perform the action, etc.

1B A note on Mouse actions:

  • Two-Button Mouse: Right Click to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu
  • One-Button Mouse: Press & Hold the Control (Ctrl) Key while you click on the Art Board, to open the Context Menu/ Right Click Menu.

If you have a one-button mouse for your Mac, you might want to configure it to act like a two-button mouse:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Open up the Mouse options
  • On the “Point & Click” page, check the box to the left of “Secondary Click: Click on Right Side.”

Your Mouse will now work like a Two-Button Mouse

2 In the following lessons, we will be looking at creating original artwork and repeating patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator


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