Is there a way to adjust the color of a pattern fill without changing the actual pattern?
Sometimes I do this by overlaying another solid color fill on top of the pattern fill, and use multiply or other blend modes. This works except when the pattern contains empty/transparent areas: in this case the solid color would pass through and affect the object below the pattern, which is unwanted.
So basically, is there a way to isolate the color change to a single object? I've tried with "Isolate Blending" and "Knockout Group" with no success...
In case you already know you want to make items of your pattern in several variations, you can put this element into its own pattern.
Then apply several fills to the object.
To isolate the blending, see the appearance panel (show its options). Only works inside of groups.
And please show your stuff. It's difficult to discuss when you don't see it, you know.
Okay, please look at this image:
Box 1 on top is what the pattern looks like, box 3 at the bottom is what I want to achieve (in this case I expanded the pattern). Box 2 in the middle is what happens when I add a color fill with blending mode="color" directly on top of the pattern fill. See that in this case, the color fill affects not just the pattern motifs, but also the background below it.
So is it possible to achieve box 3 without expanding the pattern?