I have made a striped pattern and defined it so its a swatch but when I select an object and click on the swatch , in the appearacne panel it shows that the swatch is the fill but I cannot see the pattern, its just transparent?? I dont understand why? ANyone might have a clue? Thanks
I followed these steps 5 times - http://www.bittbox.com/illustrator/how-to-create-a-seamless-diagonal-p attern-in-illustrator
But still it doesnt work?? After I crop it seems to be when it stops working because I tested before the crop and it worked
I did exactly as the tutorial says. Im not sure where Im going wrong because if I just make a circle shape and define a pattern then use it, its works fine but when I do this tut for stripes and do the crop it doesnt work. The fill of the object shows that it is filled by the pattern but I dont see the pattern??
Why are you using a crop? There's no reason for it. Just make a no fill/no stroke path the size of the art board and send it to the back of the stack; then select all and drag to the swatch panel. Name it and you are done. By the way, you can rotate any pattern to an angle using the Rotate tool and deselecting the box for Objects in the dialog.
That tutorial is very silly.
Firstly, if you want to make a pattern with diagonal stripes you don’t draw the pattern with diagonal stripes.
You draw the stripes straight (vertical or horizontal) and then rotate the pattern after you make the swatch. It’s much easier to do it that way.
Secondly, you should not crop pattern elements to fit the tile. They should bleed beyond the backmost no-fill no-stroke rectangle. Otherwise you will most likely get those fine lines between pattern tiles that so many people complain about.