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What is the best way to create this pattern?

Jul 26, 2013 1:20 PM

Hi there. I'm new to using illustrator, and I have to work on several repeating patterns. For this one, the base figure is drawn, and I have two questions:

 

1) How do I make the line endings meet perfectly, withouth the kinks?

2) What is the best way for aligning copies of the figure, filling the whole artboard?

 

Many thanks

dr2.jpg

 
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    Jul 26, 2013 2:01 PM   in reply to carlosbgois
     
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    Jul 26, 2013 2:06 PM   in reply to Monika Gause

    You can use the grid Moika mentioned, and draw just a portion, and make a pattern swatch of it. Then just draw a rectange and fill it.

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 5.03.09 PM.png

     
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    Jul 26, 2013 2:11 PM   in reply to carlosbgois

    Carlos,

     

    To make the shape in an old fashioned silly way, you may (Smart Guides are your friends):

     

    1) Create a hexagon with the Polygon Tool and rotate it to have vertical sides;

    2) Move a copy vertically up by 3/4 of the height (or 1.5 times the radius when creating it), then create a circle concentric with the original hexagon and extending past the copy;

    3) Rotate copies of the copy hexagon and the circle twice by 120 degrees;

    4) Delete the circles, select all hexagons, and Pathffinder>Divide;

    5) Ungroup and delete everything outside the innermost shape;

     

    Now you just need the inner lines:

     

    6) With the Line Tool drag from each outer corner to opposite inner corner (Smart Guides say anchor);

    7) Select each line,  click at the centre with the Scissors Tool (Smart Guides say intersect), and delete the short end, then Group everything.

     

     

     
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    Jul 27, 2013 2:12 AM   in reply to carlosbgois

    Having done all of what Jacob says, repeat your thingummy like this (left):

    Picture 2.png

    Draw a no-fill no-stroke rectangle as per the dashed line. Move it a bit (centre) to avoid splitting strokes in half (if your thingummy is stroked).

    Send the rectangle to back and drag the whole thing to the Swatches panel. And there’s your pattern (right).

     
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    Jul 27, 2013 2:21 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    Very nice, Steve (it was too late to even think of 2), just unable to resist 1) as a nightcap).

     
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    Jul 27, 2013 9:44 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    Or use the Create Pattern options from CS6 / CC

    Create Pattern.png

     
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