Are you interested in creating repeat patterns in Illustrator but find it difficult to make them work properly or you just can’t get them to look right? If you haven’t upgraded to CS6 yet, you don’t have the new pattern tool, which I’ve been drooling over ever since it was announced. Consider investing in a $25 online tutorial as an alternative until you’re able to upgrade.
In her tutorial, Laura Coyle explains with clear detail how to create block and half drop patterns while viewing changes live on your art board. It can still be a somewhat complicated or time-consuming process depending on your pattern, but Laura’s method alleviates a lot of the guesswork.
The $25 includes 12 short videos with lifetime access, 4 AI template files each for CS4, CS5, and CS6, and a PDF with written instructions from the video. I watched about 8 before the info was new to me, but if you’re newer to repeat patterns or just boggled by how to make them look good, I recommend the tutorial. And no, I’m not getting paid to endorse this. Just sharing my knowledge. 😉
If you plan to create a lot of patterns, I also recommend the books below to help you better understand how patterns work. I bought both on Amazon for under $20 each.
• Mastering the Art of Fabric Design by Laurie Wisbrun
• A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kim Kight