I'm doing some shapes that have a seamless pattern fill & then I want to use the shapes with the sealess pattern fill in another seamless pattern. The only way i see I can do this is by expanding the artwork before dragging it into the swatch palatte. The files are so big illustrator is crashing or the file is near impossible to work with. I love the look of what i'm doing..but the files are too big. Any ideas on a better way to do this?
Don't drag the whole pattern to the swatch pallette. You only need one tile of it.
I have a several flowers that are filled with a seamless patterns
& I want to create new pattern using all of the flowers that have a fill already. Illustrator doesn't let me drag that tile into the swatch palette without expanding the tile & the file size after expanding it is so large it's just about unuseable.
You mean you are trying to make a pattern of objects that already have pattern fills?
I don´t think you can do that.
On the other hand you can easily select one tile of a pattern from an expanded pattern (double click on it with the direct selection tool), copy that and recolour artwork as you wish. Drag to palette for a new pattern.