Create a four-colour pattern swatch

With crazy prints, hand-drawn textures and bold colours working their way into fashion, it’s handy to know how to achieve prints that utilise these trends. It’s perfectly possible to design your own fabric, apply it to T-shirts, cushions, tea towels and more with a few simple Illustrator tricks.

In this project we’ll create a pattern swatch that’s ready to send off into the world of print. I’ll walk through how to design a functional swatch using the basic guidelines of a square, and cover how to apply Illustrator’s Pathfinder tools to finalise your swatch, ready to take your designs from screen to fabric.


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