▼How to Create a Simple Pattern in Illustrator▲
Hello ? ! So you want to learn how to create a pattern in Illustrator. I think I can help you with that ? I am using CS5 Illustrator. Once you get the basics down you should be able to create as many simple patterns your creative mind can think up. Now let’s get started!
Simple Pattern in Illustrator
Open a new illustrator file. I’m using the art-board size 500px X 500px.
Then hit Ctrl + m to create a box that is 400px X 400px.
Make sure Smart Guides are on by going to View → Smart Guides or use short cut Ctrl + u
Select star shape. Use the settings in image to create a triangle ▼. Pick any color you want
Move the triangle up to the left top corner. If you have Smart Guides on it should center align
Copy (Ctrl + c) and paste in front (Ctrl + f) the triangle
Then either add or subtract along the X and Y axis.
First +400 along the X axis
Copy and paste the first triangle ▼ again and +400 along the Y axis
Copy this new triangle and +400 along X axis
Now for the middle triangle ▼
Copy (Ctrl + c) and paste in front (Ctrl + f) the first triangle
Then +200 along the Y axis
Then +200 along the X axis
Copy (Ctrl + c) and paste in front (Ctrl + f) your bounding box
Then bring to the front
Turn off stroke
Select all (Ctrl + a)→ Then go to Pathfinder → Select “Crop”
Bring your previous bounding box to the front
Turn off stroke
Select all (Ctrl + a) and group (Ctrl + g)
You can drag into your swatches panel to create your pattern OR
go to Edit → Define Pattern → Name your new pattern
Yay! You’ve created a new pattern now try it out!
Ctrl + m and create box 500px X 500px
Select your fill as the pattern
You can mess with the size by going to Object → Transform → Scale → Patterns only selected → Scale to 50%
Play around with the settings like changing the color? or rotating the pattern
Good luck! Let me know how it works out for you ?