How To Create Pattern Swatch In Adobe Illustrator

custom pattern swatches in adobe illustrator
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Adobe Illustrator gives us feature to make custom pattern swatch very easily and in very few steps. These swatches are very useful in some places where we want a print type of feel.

So this blog, we will create our own custom pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator.

First of all we start by selecting the desired artboard for the default presets in the home screen.

Create Shape in Adobe Illustrator

We will now create a shape which we want to make a pattern and make it a custom swatch.

I have made here a simple circle, which we can easily make with the help of circle tool.

make a shape in Adobe Illustrator
Make a shape in Adobe Illustrator

After making the shape, we will now have to group it in order to make a pattern out of it.

To group our shape we have to select our whole shape by Direct Selection tool (V) and then we can go to Object -> Group.

Or we can also select the group option in the properties panel or use the shortcut Ctrl+G.

Group Shape in Adobe Illustrator
Group Shape in Adobe Illustrator

Now we can make a pattern of our shape.

Create Custom Pattern Swatch in Adobe Illustrator

To make a pattern, we have to go to Window -> Pattern Options.

custom pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator
Create Pattern Swatch

After we select pattern options a floating window pops up.

This window will have currently every option disabled.

But we have to click on the more-options button on the top right corner.

After clicking it we have to select Make Pattern option.

Make Pattern in Adobe Illustrator
Make Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

After we click on make a pattern, a window appears saying “A new pattern has been added to the swatch panel“, which means our pattern has been added to our swatch panel, but we are now in the editor mode, and we can change or modify our pattern.

Click on OK on the window.

Success Dialog
Success Dialog

Now we can play around with the pattern options and try different settings.

We can also edit our shape, move it duplicate it and resize it, and it the changes are also applied to all the other copies.

custom pattern swatch in adobe Illustrator
Custom Pattern Swatch in Adobe Illustrator

We can change the Tile type, Overlap settings and other options also and create a pattern of our desire.

Overlay in Adobe Illustrator
Overlay in Adobe Illustrator

After we are happy with our seamless pattern we can now click on done on top right corner in the screen, so that we can come out of edit mode.

custom pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator

Apply Pattern Swatch to Shapes/Artboard

We can see now that our pattern has been disappeared and we are left with our shape that we had started with.

Artboard in Adobe Illustrator
Artboard in Adobe Illustrator

But when we look in our color swatches panel, we can see our customized swatch in it.

Color swatches panel Adobe Illustrator
Color swatches panel Adobe Illustrator

Now we can apply our personal pattern swatch, to any shape as color.

We can apply it to our whole artboard simply by making a square covering our entire artboard.

Artboard in Adobe Illustrator
Artboard

Now we can simply apply our swatch to fill the whole artboard.

Custom pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator
Final Created Pattern

We also export these patterns for different purposes like fabric printing, making wallpaper, making gift wrap, and many more.

Stay tunes for more Adobe Illustrator blogs.


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