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

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Step 15 You can change the sizing of your repeat with the Scale box. Double click the Scale tool on the toolbar. Make sure the ‘Patterns’ option is checked and select a percentage. If you need to change a colour, make your change to the grouped pattern and re-make the swatch giving it a new name.

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Step 16 Now that you have a repeating Illustrator Swatch, you can fill any shape with the pattern. Here I have used the pattern to fill type and created a t-shirt graphic. You could also mask the pattern into a circular template for a plate, a mug, or a rectangular shape for a section of wallpaper. The possibilities are endless!

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