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Design Surface Patterns From Scratch

via CreativeLive


Short on time? This class is available HERE as a Fast Class, exclusively for Creator Pass subscribers.

Did you know that you can turn your sketches, drawings, and doodles into patterns? Join Bonnie Christine for an introduction to creating patterns to use in your very own fabric prints, stationery designs, website backgrounds, cell phone covers, and much, much more.

This course will take you through the process of working with Adobe Illustrator to create digital versions of your artwork. You’ll learn tips and tricks for working in Illustrator and how you can use the software to create repeating patterns of your very own drawings. Bonnie will guide you step-by-step through the process of transforming sketches and tracings into vector art which can be used for an endless array of printable and online projects from customized stationery to computer wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to assemble your collection of designs into a portfolio you can use to impress potential collectors and buyers.

This course will lay a solid foundation for those new to Illustrator and open up exciting new possibilities for people already familiar with the program. If you are ready to bring your drawings to life in new ways this class is for you.


Adobe Illustrator CS6


  • The World of Surface Pattern Design
  • Living Your Creative Dream
  • Introduction to Illustrator
  • Basic Tools: Pen, Text, & Blob
  • Color & Function Tools
  • More Tools: Rotate, Duplicate, & Replicate
  • Custom Color Palettes
  • Essential Tools for Pattern Making
  • Tools for Sketching Inspiration
  • Inspire & Nourish Your Creativity
  • Creating Objects from Scanned Sketches
  • Tracing & Coloring Sketches
  • Tracing & Coloring with the Pen Tool
  • Working from a Photograph w/ Live Trace
  • Hand Tracing Over Photographs
  • Building Pattern Tiles in Illustrator
  • Adding Textures to Illustrations
  • An Unrefined Look in Illustrator
  • Typography & Students Homework
  • Legality of Design w/ Annie Tunheim
  • Trademark & Licensing w/ Annie Tunheim
  • How to Design Repeating Patterns
  • Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 1
  • Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 2
  • Getting Noticed: Portfolios & Trade Shows
  • How to Drape on Pattern Mock Ups
  • Fun Stuff: Desktop Backgrounds
  • Fun Stuff: Gift Cards & Tags
  • Fun Stuff: Clip Art & Shipping Labels
  • Spoonflower: Stephen Fraser
  • Uploading Patterns for Web Printing

Taught by

Bonnie Christine

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