Create a versatile repeat pattern in Illustrator CS6


06 Now for the fun part. Copy your elements and go to Object>Pattern>Make. The Pattern Options panel will appear: paste in your elements and name your pattern ‘Flowers’. You now have several options that help you while working in Pattern Creation mode, such as Tile Type (leave on Grid for now), a sizing option for your tiles, spacing options (for use if you choose to crop the tile to your art size), overlap options (whether you want the tile to overlap at the top, bottom, left, or right) and copy options to help you visualise the pattern as you work. I’ve set the tile width and height to 425pt, unchecked ‘Size Tile to Art’, and set the copies to 3x3, dimming them to 20%, but retaining the option to see the tile edge so I can see what’s going on. This works for me, but you might want your own preferences.

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