Designing Pattern Repeats Part 1: Free eBook

Since I use pattern repeats so much in my work I thought I would share my methodology.  I am also releasing a free downloadable eBook with a simple step-by-step tutorial for creating pattern repeats. Over the next three weeks I will present my own pattern repeat creation in three parts. 

Today, is Part One focusing on an overview of my design process.  Typically when I create a family of coordinating designs I use more than one method to reach a final set of repeats.  I rely on Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Illustrator's Pattern Creation function and Artlandia's SymmetryWorks. Each one gives me different solutions for attaining a cohesive look among all of the patterns in a collection. 

When I begin I like to create my foundation pattern.  It lays the groundwork for the rest of the family of designs.  The method I use involves a few basic steps which I have presented in the new eBook .  It is a very simple step-by-step guide to creating pattern repeats using Adobe Illustrator.  I find this method gives me a greater sense of control over the final product particularly when it contains several individual design elements. 

For the coordinating patterns I find it easiest and more productive to use Illustrator's built-in pattern function and Artlandia's SymmetryWorks. Tune in next Wednesday for Part 2 which will focus on Artlandia's software and how I utilize it.

Here is a look at the final collection, Fresh Flowers which includes repeats using all of the methods mentioned here.

Fresh Flowers Pattern Design Collection
Designing Pattern Repeats