Prompt #003 – Create a Repeating Pattern

Objective: Whether you start by sketching or jumping right onto the computer it’s easy to create your own seamless repeating patterns. These patterns can then be used in a variety of applications or mediums. If you’re new to creating patterns check out the tips below.

Suggested Size: Any size or proportion will work.

Suggested Program: Illustrator

Goal Date: March 31

Design these with an imaginary or existing brand in mind. If you need more help getting your design started, check out our client type database!

Pattern Tips: If you’re new to creating patterns, try starting out with simple shapes. The more complicated the shapes the more difficult it will be to create a seamless repeat pattern. To test if your pattern is seamless on all sides draw an invisible box around your pattern (this is the parameter of the pattern) and then duplicate the whole thing to the right of it and see if the spacing matches up. Follow this same step on all sides until it perfectly matches up on each side. If it doesn’t match up you will have to either adjust your shapes or adjust the padding around the invisible box. There are multiple ways to create seamless patterns in Illustrator, this is the manual method that can be done in any version of Illustrator and another way is using the Pattern Maker in Illustrator CS6+.

Some helpful links to get you started:

Remember to play and have fun while creating these!!!! Our hope is that you will develop new skills and passions while working on these prompts.

We encourage you to post your work-in-progress as well as your final pieces to get helpful feedback from the PD community (#PDcrit). Also, be sure to tag us @prompteddesign and use #Prompt003 to give you a chance to be featured on our page.


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