Lyrics from “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.

Elephant pattern!

Control (2007)

You lot are something else.

Tbh I never read The Sandman the entire way through, but I’m still fascinated by it.

angela-draws:

Lighting and material studies.

It’s too late to go back.

I’m watching Parks & Rec now and really enjoying it! The characters are priceless, and Ron Swanson especially so.

Seamless Pattern Tutorial (AI)

I was recently asked to explain how to make seamless patterns in Illustrator. The technique I use I learned it from this tutorial by the amazing Julia Grigorieva; however, since the tutorial is in Russian, I will now provide an Eglish-language adaptation, using one of my own patterns as an example.

Step 1: Create a new file, then create a background.

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Mine measures 200 x 300 mm, yours doesn’t have to, but whatever dimensions you choose, keep them in mind.

Step 2: Start drawing the pattern elements.

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Add more stuff (NB: for later manipulations it’s best to combine the objects into groups - i.e. each piglet should be its own separate group of objects).

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As you can see, some of the elements do not fit inside the borders, which is where we get to:

Step 3: Duplicate the objects.

For those elements that don’t fit inside the borders, choose Object > Transform > Move. Be careful when entering the distance - e,g. I want to move the middle piglet 200 mm to the left, so I have to enter -200 in the Horizontal text box and 0 in the Vertical text box. Then I click Copy (NOT “Ok”) and voila!image

Do the same for other objects lying beyond the borders.

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Step 4: Crop the pattern.

Create a huge rectangle that covers all the objects in your pattern. Fill it with a color that you didn’t use previously (in my case it will be blue). Above said rectangle, duplicate the background (the copy has to be perfectly aligned with the original). 

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Select the blue rectangle and the Background Copy, then click Pathfinder > Shape models > Minus front, This creates a gap which includes all the stuff that will be left after cropping.

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Now select everything (Ctrl + A) and click Pathfinder > Divide. All the objects beyond the borders are blue now:

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Use the wand tool to select all objects in blue, then delete them (Ctrl + X). Now you got yourself a neat seamless pattern!

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I’m not great at explaining, but I hope you will find this useful! Do not hesitate to ask questions should they arise.

catussnake:

Birthday present for grrrenadine… sorry it’s so late! :(

aaah it’s so cool and it’s for me

thanks ^_^

Lyrics by Arcade Fire.