Learn how to create and edit a pattern fill using artwork.

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What you learned: Create a pattern swatch from artwork and apply it as a fill

Create a pattern

  • Select artwork to be used for the pattern and choose Object > Pattern > Make.

When creating a pattern, you work in Pattern Editing mode. In Pattern Editing mode, the Pattern Options panel opens. You see a preview of the repeating pattern in the document window, and the pattern is saved as a pattern swatch in the Swatches panel. A gray bar also appears along the top of the document window with options for saving the pattern (Done), making a copy of the pattern (Save a Copy), or canceling the operation.

Editing pattern options

In Pattern Editing mode, a blue pattern tile (box) surrounds the artwork. Anything within the bounds of the pattern tile, by default, is repeated to create the pattern. You can add, remove, or edit the artwork in the pattern tile.

In the Pattern Options panel, you can do the following:

  • Name the pattern.
  • Choose a Tile Type, or how the pattern repeats.
  • Size the pattern tile to the artwork.
  • Change the Width and Height of the pattern tile.
  • Set how the artwork overlaps, and more.

When finished editing the pattern options and the artwork, click Done in the gray bar at the top of the document window to save the pattern changes.

Apply the pattern swatch to artwork

You can apply the pattern you created to the fill or stroke of artwork.

  • Select the artwork and click the Fill color or Stroke color in the Properties panel. With the Swatches option selected, click the pattern swatch to apply it.

Edit the pattern

  • In order to edit the pattern, with the artwork selected, click either the Fill color or Stroke color in the Properties panel (whichever you applied the pattern to), and with the swatches showing, double-click the pattern swatch to enter Pattern Editing mode.
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