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How to use patterns in Illustrator in 10 steps

If you want to know how to use patterns in Illustrator, follow this quick how-to tutorial and you will be able to realize and customize your graphic projects with all the wonderful pattern that you can purchase or freely download on the Web.

What is a pattern?

In the first instance, you probably are wondering what is a pattern?

Cambridge Dictionary defines a pattern as follows:

pattern noun (ARRANGEMENT)
B1 [ C ] any regularly repeated arrangementespecially a designmade from repeated linesshapes, or colours on a surface:
Look, the frost has made a beautiful pattern on the window.
The curtains had a floral pattern.

So, a pattern is a scheme, a model of repeated forms.

How to use an Illustrator pattern?

Now that you know what is a pattern, you can discover how to use a pattern with Adobe Illustrator. In our example, we’ll try to realize a birthday party invitation.

  • Open Illustrator and select the dimension of your Artboard. I chose A4 but you can make better choices, for example a square format to spread the invitation via WhatsApp.
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  • Make a form bigger than the artboard to avoid any problem with dimension. You know that your artboard will be fully covered with your background.
  • Click on Swatches (sorry, I couldn’t manage to switch from Italian to English)
  • Select Swatches Libraries
  • Other Libraries
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  • Select the Illustrator File containing the pattern.
  • You will see a swatches’ window containing your pattern.
  • Select the blue shape and then click on the pattern as you want to change the color and you will see that the shape will be filled with the pattern.
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  • Now make another shape that will contain your text.
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  • Write your invitation message, export it as PNG file and you will be able to send it to your friends!
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In conclusion, now you know how to use patterns, you can create even more different projects, filling forms or strokes, maybe a 56 pt stroke as a frame.

Let me know if you found this tutorial helpful and if you want more in the comments. 

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