7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 3:13 AM by Steve Fairbairn RSS


    Arrakis Community Member

      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-pattern-in-illustrato r

      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

        • 1. Re: pattern
          Monika Gause MVP

          Did you apply the pattern to the fill or to the stroke of the object?

          • 2. Re: pattern

            Make sure the pattern is on the fill, not the stroke. Also make sure the pattern isn't so big on the piece that you only see a small part of the pattern, which would make it appear solid.

            • 3. Re: pattern
              Arrakis Community Member

              Hi, definitely to the fill.

              • 4. Re: pattern
                Arrakis Community Member

                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??

                • 5. Re: pattern
                  Larry G. Schneider MVP

                  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.

                  • 6. Re: pattern
                    Arrakis Community Member

                    Why am I using a crop?  Because Im following a tut that says to.

                    • 7. Re: pattern
                      Steve Fairbairn Community Member

                      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.