Easy Steps for Pattern Making

How to make Patterns in less than a Minute

In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a seamless simple geometric pattern swatch in no time.

Step #1:  Using the Rectangle Tool (M) form a rectangle. Set stroke to none and fill with color.

Step #2:  Choose the black rectangle and navigate to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Use the settings given below. Next, navigate to Object menu and Expand Appearance.
Ungroup the bottom rectangles Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+G.

Multiply your rectangle by five

Step #3:  Once the rectangles are ungrouped you can change their fill colours.

Now fill the desired colours of your choice in the ungrouped rectangles

Step #4:  With the Direct Selection Tool (A), choose the top parts of the rectangles and drag it a little to the right holding down the Shift key. Alternatively, you can group the rectangle by selecting the group and using Object > Transform > Shear.

you can group the rectangle by selecting the group using Object > Transform > Shear

Step #5:  Group the rectangles Cmd/Ctrl+G and open Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Use the settings as below

Group the rectangles and open Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform

Step #6:  Open Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Select Apply New Effect and the settings.

Now you need to open Effect and apply Transform

Step #7:  And once again Apply New Effect.

Step #8:  Drag the selection (make sure the whole layer is selected) to the Swatches Panel or navigate to Edit > Define Pattern. You are done!

Step #9:  You can use this pattern in Photoshop too. With a Rectangle Tool (M) make a rectangle and fill it with your pattern (no stroke). Choose it, copy and paste in Photoshop into a file that has the same canvas size. Open Edit > Define Pattern.

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