After a nice thanksgiving break, I’m back to post something entirely new.
This week on blackandwhitesnapshots we take a look at feature not known by many. A feature that helps people not have to draw out the same shape millions of times. A feature that saves lives. Okay, not really, but it is pretty awesome.
So. Much. Fun. I’m geeking out over this….
Okay there are two routes that I know of to make patterns. One involves using that Adobe Capture app I’ve been talking about so much lately, and one is right through illustrator.
The adobe capture way is pretty straightforward. You can take a picture of litterally anything, whether it’s a drawing you made or your eyeball, and Capture will turn it into a pattern. Then if your logged into an adobe account, it will pop right up in your library within illustrator. Drag and drop the pattern, and copperboom! You’ve got a pattern to use for anything. Pros: you can mess with filters to arrange the picture in a lot of cool different patterns like a kalidoscope pattern or triangle pattern. It’s also easy to do. Cons: less editing freedom.
The secound way is a little more complicated. First you have to create a shape of some sort. You could do 3 triangles with alternating colors, some cool swirls or something like that. You establish the pattern, and how it looks. Here are a few of the patterns I started:
Cool sunset swirls:
Basic Blue stars:
Allrighty then, now that you’ve establsihed a pattern you can turn it into a pattern swatch. See, a pattern swatch will allow you to create any shape, and then fill it with the pattern you’ve created. So if I want to make a dress with pink, purple, and blue swirls in it, I can just add my pattern as the fill color and wa la, a swirl dress. Look how I did it here, filling a rectangle with the swirl pattern:
You turn your pattern into a swatch by selecting your entire design, then going to the object tab, select pattern, and press make. You should get a screen something like this:
Personally the fact that the pattern took over my entire screen frightened me, but there is an easy to get past that. Under copies there is an option for how many times you want the pattern repeated. It won’t limit the copies to that, but it will just make it easier to manage while your editing and looking at it. Another way to control your pattern is by looking at the tile type selection. Your tile is the pattern itself, and by using this selection you can arrange the copies of patterns in different ways. The adobe help page explains the different tile types pretty well:
“Choose how to lay out the tiles:
- Grid. The center of each tile is horizontally and vertically aligned to the center of the adjacent tiles.
- Brick by row. Tiles are rectangular in shape, and arranged in rows. Centers of tiles in rows are horizontally aligned. Centers of tiles in alternate columns are vertically aligned.
- Brick by column. Tiles are rectangular in shape, and arranged in columns. Centers of tiles in columns are vertically aligned. Centers of tiles in alternate columns are horizontally aligned.
- Hex by column. Tiles are hexagonal in shape, and arranged in columns. Centers of tiles in the columns are vertically aligned. Centers of tiles in alternate columns are horizontally aligned.
- Hex by row. Tiles are hexagonal in shape, and arranged in rows. Centers of tiles in the rows are horizontally aligned. Centers of tiles in alternate rows are vertically aligned.”
If you want the link to this site here it is: The help page
Once your done messing around with the settings you can press done, and the pattern will end up in your pattern swatch. You can access this by selecting the fill button at the top menu. The pattern should end up right there.
Now you have a pattern that you can use to fill any shape! One more thing though, when you open a NEW file, separate from the one you used to work on the pattern, your pattern won’t show in the fill drop down at first. What you need to do is select the fill button, then go down to the swatch library button, which is that first button in the left corner of the drop down menu. Go down to “Other Library…”. Select the adobe illustrator file that has your pattern in it. It can have more than one pattern in the file! Now your patterns should appear in the fill menu.
And we’re done! Hope that helped all your pattern making needs! I think patterns are one of the funnest things you can make, because there is really no limit to what you can do. Images, shapes, and colors can all be used, and it’s great for some fun experimentation.
See you next week!