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How to Make Your Own Textures in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make Your Own Textures in Adobe Illustrator

    A few weeks ago you might remember I taught you how to add texture to your patterns. This is a continuation of that tutorial except you are going to learn how to make your own textures. After reading this tutorial, if you want […]

How to Fix Gaps in Your Surface Pattern Designs

How to Fix Gaps in Your Surface Pattern Designs

    Whenever you are creating patterns, specifically tossed patterns, you would have probably run into the awkward gap problem where you can’t quite place the elements in your pattern right. One side of your pattern block looks great, but there are a few holes […]

How to Divide a Circle into Equal Parts in Adobe Illustrator

How to Divide a Circle into Equal Parts in Adobe Illustrator

Someone left a comment on one of my previous posts asking how to divide a circle and I thought that instead of explaining the process to just that person I would share it here. This tutorial uses some of the same techniques as what I […]

How to Add Texture to Your Pattern

How to Add Texture to Your Pattern

    Adding vector textures to your patterns is so simple in Illustrator and is just a matter of layering. If you know how to create a repeat pattern this tutorial is going to be easy, however, if you don’t know how to create repeat […]

Adobe Illustrator 101: How to Make Pattern Brushes to Use in Your Surface Pattern Designs

Adobe Illustrator 101: How to Make Pattern Brushes to Use in Your Surface Pattern Designs

    A good pattern designer or graphic designer will always find ways to streamline their process. You may need to create multiple variations of a project using the same detailing on different elements or you might what to use the same basic detailing over […]

Everything You Need to Start a Blog

Everything You Need to Start a Blog

    When I started my first blog I had no idea what I was doing. I knew nothing about web hosting or purchasing domains and I definitely didn’t know how to create a website so I relied heavily on the advice of other blogs. […]

My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

As 2017 comes to an end I thought I would reflect on the goals I would like to achieve in 2018. I decided I wanted a manageable amount of resolutions to have a better chance of completing them all so here are 5 resolutions I […]

Surface Pattern Design 101: Let’s Talk About Spacing

Surface Pattern Design 101: Let’s Talk About Spacing

    When I started learning Adobe Illustrator and surface pattern design I didn’t know how spacing worked. I remember I used to drag out guide lines in a grid-like pattern and place the same element over and over again by hand because I didn’t […]

How To Create Hand-Drawn Details For Your Patterns Using Image Trace

How To Create Hand-Drawn Details For Your Patterns Using Image Trace

    I have done a lot of blog posts lately about not needing a design tablet to use Adobe Illustrator and this is no different. It’s one of my favorite topics to discuss because when you start out in Adobe Illustrator and surface pattern […]