Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Create beautiful repeating patterns

If you look closely at a true repeating pattern you can see the 'repeat square', the area of the image that repeats along vertical and horizontal seams where one section flows into the next

Step 12 Select > All (both the grouped pattern and invisible square). Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Give your swatch a name in the dialog box.


Step 13 It will now appear on the Swatches palette, just like a colour swatch. Move your grouped pattern aside and draw a large rectangle with the shape tool and fill it with your swatch.


Step 14 Check along the edge of the repeat to make sure everything is aligned perfectly. A misaligned element will look partially or totally chopped in half because it will misaligned from its ‘mate’. If this happens just ungroup your elements, adjust their positions, and try again.

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