Class: Automatic Patterns in Illustrator

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Version: Adobe Illustrator CS4 – CC   Length: 1.5 hours (12 online video lessons).  Our subscribers get immediate, free access to videos, PDF guide and files. Please donate if you enjoy the class! Cost: Pay What You Wish

Create your own automatically updating patterns in Adobe Illustrator. For those who haven’t upgraded to AI CS6 or CC, this class will provide you with a pattern creation environment in Illustrator that allows you to design and edit patterns and watch them automatically update on your artboard, without having to create separate pattern swatches for testing. For those in CS6 & CC, this class is compatible and offers a pattern editing method that compliments what you can do in the Pattern Editing Mode, tailored to the needs of pattern designers.

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Introduction to Automatic Patterns in Illustrator:

Moving objects, making tweaks, drawing, substituting elements and changing colors in your patterns will be easier and more automatic than ever for users in pre CS6 versions of Illustrator. Changes you make to your design appear instantly across the pattern field. Once you’ve perfected your pattern, the templates make exporting the single repeat unit a breeze. The lessons guide you through uploading the unit for repeat pattern prints at Spoonflower and exporting pattern papers for your web portfolio or digital crafting projects.

Class Outline

Lesson 1 : Transform Effects Basics (8:45)

Lesson 2 : Template Tour : Artboards (7:30)

Lesson 3 : Template Tour : Layers (10:33)

Lesson 4 : Editing Patterns, Part 1 (7:09)

Lesson 5 : Editing Patterns, Part 2 (4:00)

Lesson 6 : Managing Overlap (5:16)

Lesson 7 : Exporting & Printing Artboards  (6:40)

Lesson 8 : Half Drop Repeat (8:48)

Lesson 9 : Drawing Seamlessly (10:37)

Lesson 10 : Customizing the Templates (10:33)

Lesson 11 : Working with Spoonflower (10:21)

Ready to create patterns in Illustrator?

Subscribe for password access (The password unlocks all of our classes), then you can watch the video lessons and download the files on our Automatic Patterns private class page.

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