Previously, we made a tutorial on how to make a seamless background pattern in illustrator. As you already know, there are tons of ways to get the same task done, it just depends on what works best for you! This is another way to make a seamless background pattern in Adobe Illustrator.
Open a square artboard in Adobe Illustrator. This is a 1080×1080 artboard, but as long as it is a square you can choose whatever dimensions. Import your vectors or start creating your own shapes on the artboard.
Place your elements randomly, WITHOUT going off any edges of the artboard. This is the first main difference between this way of creating a pattern and our last tutorial! It’s okay if it looks empty, we’ll fill these spaces in later. If you have a background color group that as well and make sure it’s exactly fitted to the artboard.
Once all your elements have been added, group all the content together. Then go to the “Object” drop-down and select “Pattern” and then “Make.” This will pull up all your pattern settings.
Under the settings, we’re going to make sure the Tile Type is set to “Grid.” Make sure the width & height are the same as your artboard size, and the “Copies” setting is at either “3×3” or “5×5” so you get a preview of the overall pattern while you’re editing.
Move your elements around until you’re happy with the overall pattern look. Try repeating shapes at different scales and orientations. This step is to fill in all the gaps and also make sure no elements are crowded in the final pattern.
Click “Done” and your new pattern will be saved as a swatch. It can now be applied to any dimensions seamlessly!
Read our other blog on making seamless patterns in Adobe Illustrator to see which one you like best!
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