Deke’s Techniques: Designing an updating pattern in Illustrator

Published by | Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to set up a repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator that can be updated  quickly and efficiently. He starts by creating the repeating pattern grid with the Transform effect, applying it multiple times to fill the document with a single element.

Why would you do this rather than use a tiled pattern? Well, by using the Transform effect to create your pattern grid, any changes you make to the source graphic are dynamically updated in all its ‘clones.’ Change the color, the shape, or even add another dynamic effect to your master graphic, and it will disseminate throughout your grid of replicants. The result is a pattern that can change with your needs and whims.

Illustrator magic this week on Deke’s Techniques. See you next week for another free technique from Deke.

Related links:
the entire collection of Deke’s Techniques 
courses on Illustrator in the Online Training Library®
courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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