Illustrator Swatches / patterns + tutorials

The Illustrator swatches / patterns sets are all for use in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc and are all supplied in AI format. They are for use in commercial use, all royalty free, all are by / Andrew Buckle

Intro to pattern swatches

Buy swatches

How to Re-color

Merge tiles

Generate from images

Installation of patterns

Create new tile

Use gradients as tiles

Scaling of tiles

Create patterns

Seamless tiles

Export patterns


Blend the tiles

Use with strokes

Create gradient swatch

Freebie swatches

Polar grid

Flare tool

Illustrator tools

The Illustrator swatches / patterns are for use in all kinds of projects such as creating items for sale + posters + documents + web pages + videos + adverts + videos + packaging + towels + fashions + t-shirts + shirts + carpets + ceramics + fabrics and much more. The sets include many different designs such as diamonds + swirls and embellishments + rosettes + frame designs + hearts etc. The artworks are all supplied in standard AI format and the patterns are accessed via the window menu presets section. The designs are all seamless tiles for any size of work. The Illustrator pattern swatches can be rotated and transformed in numerous ways. They can be combined in millions of ways by using blending modes and opacity and masks.

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Buy swatches. AI format, download. Price :$6.49 US Dollars

BUY 300 Arch designs (V44) arch gallery

BUY 180 Arrow patterns V27 arrow tile gallery

BUY 350 Vector designs for your AI work V29 gallery

BUY 460 Stunning vector seamless tiles for commercial use V28 gallery

BUY 315 Amazing seamless tiles for your vector work V11 gallery

BUY450 Checkerboard tiles (V6) Checkerboard tile gallery

BUY510 Checkerboard Pattern tiles (V4) Checkerboard tile gallery

BUY 270 Contour designs (V5) Contour gallery

BUY200 Flower tiles (V35) Browse all the designs

BUY190 Flower artwork tiles (V26) gallery

BUY 7,600 Gradient designs V2 Browse

BUY 1,100 Wow artwork patterns V3 gallery

BUY1,600 Colorful tiles V1 gallery

BUY 625 Colorful presets for all your work in AI V7 gallery

BUY160 Greek ornament / meanders / dividers (V8) gallery

BUY100 Triradial artwork designs for your projects, for commercial as well as personal use (V19) gallery

BUY 240 Rosettes (V25) gallery

BUY 220 Super colorful designs for use throughout AI V32 gallery

BUY 100 Rosette pattern swatches V31 gallery

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Re-color. How to re-color pattern swatches in Illustrator by using adjust color balance tutorial ? Select path (for pattern fill). Apply preset by using the swatches panel. Go to the edit menu and Edit colors and then the Adjust color balance. Change the red / green / blue etc for the fill / stroke. If you have a selected path and colorful swatch, you may wish to turn the artwork into a black and white (grayscale) vector pattern then you can use the convert command. Select path and colorful swatch and then go to Edit menu and edit colors and adjust color balance command. Select the convert check and Set to grayscale (if available). Change the black setting to left or right (left for lightness). You can turn any colorful preset such as an arrow pattern swatch into a grayscale design. You can take any colorful pattern into a red design (or a green design or blue design etc). You can do this by using the adjust color balance. Select the path / swatch and Go to the edit menu and edit colors and adjust color balance and then Select the preview on. Go to the red slider and slide to the red to the extreme right. The preset is modified in the path as well as in the key swatch panel. It is not changed in the original library unless you edit the actual original source AI document. If you wish to change the swatch to green, just slide the slider for the green to the right. If you wish to change the design to more blue then change the blue slider to the right. You can also tweak the color in many other ways by moving the slider for the green to the left and the red slider to the right to create a more purple look with the tile.

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Combine. How to combine (merge) multiple swatches / fills / patterns in Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc tutorial via styles and appearance panel etc. Appearance panel (for merge of multiple patterns). Right side menu and clear appearance. Go to the Illustrator swatches panel and select an item. Once you have applied one fill. Go to add new fill or duplicate command (same menu as before) and add a swatch. You will only see that one now as the lower down fill is hidden by the top artwork (in most cases unless there is transparency). Go to the opacity section (it is displayed as a link next to the fill in the appearance panel) on the latest fill and set the opacity to say, 50%. Or set the blending mode to darken or lighten etc and depending on the fills, more or less of the underlying fill will be seen. Illustrator swatches are wonderful designs on their own, but combining them (AI format files) they become even more magical. Combining multiple swatches in Illustrator can result in subtle designs with a lovely painted look or perhaps more extreme like the image on the left which uses blending modes and mixes two diamond Illustrator swatches or perhaps use gradients in combination to create even more amazing gradient designs. Note: there is a merge Illustrator swatch feature but this may or may not work (it does not work with my version of Illustrator CC 2019 2018 2017 but it should work with earlier). Some of the tiles in the various sets do not need to use the opacity / blending mode. Some of the swatches tiles already have transparency in built and can be combined multiple times without the need to change the opacity etc. You can also shift / move the artwork in the swatch (or scale or rotate) via the object menu transform (the key thing is to set the transform object option to OFF and put the pattern to ON) I must admit the move command / panel is terrible to use - certain they could make it a little more flexible and perhaps interactive to use. Select the swatch fill entry in the appearance panel. Go to the object / transform / move command. Deselect the object option. Enter the settings to shift the pattern (as with the image on the left made up of two swatches - basically the same swatch but modified to be blue instead of an orange Illustrator swatch). Once you have added all the fills and strokes you can then go to the graphic style's panel. Select the right side menu. Select the new style option and save all the combinations into the style's panel. You can now re-use the merging / combination of the two swatches (or three or four swatches etc). At the present, the Illustrator merge functionality makes no sense (not in my version of AI). It does not seem to merge gradient or patterns. Perhaps that is not the purpose of the merge but it does seem a little limited if that is the case. Anyway, the merge swatches function is there and perhaps you will have more joy with it in CS5 (when it used to work) . Select two or more swatches in the swatches panel and go to the right side menu and use the Merge command. Good luck, perhaps you will be OK and the swatches will merge fine using that approach

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Use images. How to create the presets from images / photos in Illustrator ? how to create from a Jpeg / PNG etc file in CC 2019 2018 - CS5CS4 etc. Load JPEG / PNG etc image / photo into Illustrator via file menu and place command (the JPG etc files can be created in Photoshop etc). Re-size the image as required for the pattern swatch. Click embed button. Drag image into the swatches panel to save as a pattern in Illustrator. All kinds of photos can be used in Illustrator as a great source for the presets in AI. You can manipulate the picture in Illustrator (as well as Photoshop beforehand and then drag to the presets panel (found via the window menu). You can also duplicate the object by holding alt / option and then re-work that picture such as modifying the color of the photo or adding effects etc. Duplicate picture and select. Edit menu and then edit colors and adjust color balance and preview on and click OK once you are happy with the colors of the new picture and drag that into the presets panel and then it is saved as a new preset. This can be repeated numerous times, perhaps re-coloring, perhaps rotating the picture and more. For better results, probably best to do the original source photo work in Photoshop or Affinity Photo and then place them into Illustrator


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Load / install. How to load / install pattern swatches into Illustrator CC 2019 2018 - CS5 ? Install the AI pattern swatches into the 'presets' folder 'swatches' of Illustrator. Start Illustrator. Go to the window menu and Swatch libraries. Load the patterns by the name in the swatches list. Go to the swatches library panel. Select presets to be added to the document's panel. Apply the loaded presets to paths etc. The location for the install varies from version to version but generally you can find the location for the swatches in the sub folder of the presets folder found in a sub folder of en_GB, en_US etc which can be found in the applications folder / program files depending on PC or mac. Example on the left shows the location for the mac and CC 2019 2018 2017 but the location has varied a little over the years. I assume that Illustrator CC 2019 2018 presets folder will be in the CC 2019 2018 section, Illustrator CC 2019 presets folder will be in much the same location as well


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Create new preset. How to create a new swatch, a basic one ?? Super simple as you just have to select a path with color fill and then go to the swatches panel and right side menu and select the new swatch command. You will then get the new preset added with the current color. If you don't want to save the fill color but some variation of the fill color you can also just use the color model (set to HSB or RGB etc) and use the color sliders to modify the panel color. You can also check the add to my library and select one of your libraries to save the preset to as well. The preset will be added to the preset's panel and once it is in the panel you can move the preset around the panel and move it to a new group within the panel as well as duplicate and delete the preset via the same menu. You can also modify the preset via the same panel via the options menu command (right side menu) as well as double click the preset icon and then change the color settings.

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Gradients. How to use gradients as a great source for pattern swatches ? Go to a path and then go to the gradient panel (window menu if it is not visible) and then go to the top line presets in the panel (there are a few available such as sky, summer etc. Select one and you will see the gradient added to the current selected path. Manipulate the gradient stops via the gradient bar. If you want to create a seamless tile design with them, set the first and last positions to the same color stop and select the linear type. Goto the object menu and pattern and make. Once you are in the editor, you can then edit the preset such as adding new stops as well as changing the positions of the end stops etc You can also modify the midpoints for the preset. You can change the origin point as well as the length and angle etc as well as the type. Once you have exited the editor, you can then apply the preset to path. Select a new path and apply the swatch to the path. Goto the object menu and transform and rotate or shear etc. De-select the transform object. If you want to continue to edit the tile then go to the object menu and instead of selecting the make option, go for the edit command. The edit command takes you back into the editor. You can then reselect the gradient tool and manipulate the tile such as change the type to radial or add new stops etc. If you want the design to be seamless and radial, just reduce the length of the gradient into the bounds of the tile and you will have a solid color background to work with and a single spot. As you can create more complex designs by adding additional paths to the tile, additional colorful presets can be added such as ellipses etc which can be manipulated and re-positioned etc as required. Again, the key thing is to avoid the edge of the tile with the radial design. Of course, if you want a more jumbled and non-seamless design for your tile, you can apply the length and original and angle in countless ways to create all kinds of complex tile designs with your gradients (there are 1000s of presets available from graphicxtras via the top menu on this page). As the editor comes with a number of tile types such as brick by row and brick by column and hex by row and hex by column as well as different brick offsets such as 1/2 and 1/4 and 3/4 etc.

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Scale. How to scale the pattern swatches ? The first thing to do is to add the preset via the library to the path. Once added, go to the object menu and then transform and then scale. The scale panel offers a number of options such as uniform scale such as 50% or 200% and that will scale the tile horizontally and vertically the same. Non-uniform option means that you can squeeze and crunch and stretch your design vertically or horizontally. If you have corners and effects in the tile, you can select those check marks to scale them correctly. De-select the transform object and leave the transform patterns to be ON. There is also an interesting button at the bottom of the panel for copy. The copy just duplicates the path and you end up with two paths but one with the scaled tile and one as before. Does allow for some interesting combinations especially if combine the copy with blending modes and opacity with the paths (why the copy command does not allow for that as well, now that would be useful). The scaling can be useful combined with the path and pattern swatches with the appearance panel. Go to the appearance panel before you do the scaling and select the fill entry and right side menu and duplicate command. The duplicate command will generate a new fill entry with exactly the same pattern swatch (or gradient) added. Now you can keep one of those entries selected and then go to the object menu and scale and set the uniform scale etc and set the scale to 20% say. You will now see the single path with both the 20% scaling and 100% scaling of the selected preset tile. You can also then use blending modes and opacity and transparency in the design to see more or less of the two tiles. You can, of course, change the tile to something else via the presets panel. All kinds of colorful combinations can be generated via the appearance panel.

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Create patterns. How to create a pattern swatch ? There are infinite ways of creating tiles in Illustrator but they all start from one single point, select some paths or a single path (I generally often start from a single path with all my tile designs) and fill with a solid color then go to the object menu and pattern and make. A panel will appear saying that it has been added to the preset's panel. You can dismiss that message. Now you are in the editor. Manipulate that start path (you can even delete it if you wish to start afresh with a totally blank preset. You can re-color the design, add other paths, use the direct selection tool to manipulate the points, add additional points, add effects and much more. All kinds of complex tiles as well as basic tiles can be created. Once you are happy with your design, you can go to the top bar and click the save a copy command and that will add the current tile to the preset's panel. You can then make some more changes and then click save again and so on and build up lots and lots of great presets for your work. You can then click the done button and the current work is saved. If you wish to exit from the edit, you can also cancel.

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Seamless tiles. How to make seamless patterns ? The key thing is to avoid the seams when you are creating your tile. Go to the object menu and patterns and make and while you are in the editor you will notice a thin blue rectangle in the editor. To make the design seamless, avoid cutting any paths or points over that blue line with gradients etc. If you just use solid color paths, the editor should take care of the seams and your designs will be seamless.

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Export. How export the pattern swatches ? The tiles can be exported for use in other applications but the results are varied. If you want to use the tiles in other applications such as Photoshop then it is best to stick to the grid designs and the export should be as simple as dragging the grid preset out of the presets panel and adding to the artboard. Use the object menu and artboards and fit to selected art (the tile). You can then simply go to the file menu and export commands and save as PNG etc or perhaps save the design as a SVG file via the file menu and save command. The tiles can then be re-opened in tools such as Photoshop and defined via the edit menu define command.

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SVG export. How to export SVG ? Simply go to the create your design and fill the paths with the selected pattern swatches and then go to the file menu and export and export as SVG and select all the options you want for your SVG file such as decimal places (2 is generally fine) and internal CSS etc and then if you select the show code option on the panel you will see the <pattern> entry in the SVG code. There you have you preset saved for use on web pages as SVG code.

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Blend tool. How to blend the pattern swatches ?? The easiest way is to start with tiles that already have transparency. Many of the tile sets on this page come with transparency so you can add multiple fills on top of each other without the need for blending modes. You can use this with multiple paths on top of each other or with multiple fills via the appearance panel. If the pattern swatch doesn't include any transparency then you can blend the tiles (paths or fills via appearance) by using blending modes for the topmost paths. Create two (or more paths) and overlap them. Fill them with different preset tiles. Go to the transparency panel (window menu and select the blending mode difference and opacity to 70% say. You don't have to create multiple paths, you can do the same with the same path and use multiple fills via the appearance panel. Select path, fill with preset. Go to the appearance panel and then right side menu and select add new fill and then change the tile. Goto the opacity line for the entry and change the blending mode to darken or multiply or change the opacity from 100% - you will then see the underlying preset tiles.

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Use with strokes. How to apply the pattern swatches to the stroke ? Create a path and then go to the properties panel (window menu) and select the stroke entry and then select a preset tile from the presets displayed (or add some via the libraries such as the libraries available at the top of the page). Set the stroke weight to something greater than 1pt as you probably won't see the selected tile. You can set the dashed line via the properties for the stroke (expand the panel) as well as the align of the strokes to outside the path or inside or center. You can also add effects to the stroke and the preset tile such as adding offset. The properties panel is good but there is a limit to its usefulness so I would suggest going to the appearance panel to further manipulate the stroke and pattern swatch. You can go to the appearance panel with the path still selected and select the stroke entry. Go to the right side menu and duplicate and now you will have two strokes filled with the same pattern swatch. Change the preset or change the effects such as changing an offset effect (fx) to a great value so you can see the two strokes around the edge of the path. You can also change the blending mode and opacity via the opacity entry. All kinds of combinations of strokes can be added to the single path. While the stroke is selected in the appearance panel, you can go to the object menu and transform and scale (or rotate etc) to change the scaling of that selected preset. You can also change the stroke weight etc for the second (as well as third and fourth entries). You can also combine all kinds of effects such as transform via the distort menu in effects to create multiple copies at different angles and scaling as well as adding gaussian blurs etc to the edges of any path etc. The appearance panel is key and can be used to created the most amazing outlines for any design.

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Create gradients. How to create a basic gradient swatch in Illustrator ? Create a basic rectangle and keep selected. Go to the swatches panel (or just use the dropdown list of gradients in the gradient panel).. Click on one of the pre-built colorful gradients. Go to the gradient panel (window menu). Add a color stop by clicking below the bottom of the gradient slider (a little + will appear in the cursor). Double click a stop to change a color. Select a stop and drag downwards to remove. Click a stop and drag left or right to move. Add multiple new stops. Set the gradient type to radial or linear. Swatches panel right side menu and new command. Save the document as an AI file (and the gradients will then be accessible in other documents). You can use the above technique to create 1000s of unique presets for use to your libraries. You can then apply the preset to paths and type and much more in AI to create amazing super colorful designs. You can also export the artwork for use in other applications.


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Freebies. Diamonds (zip file download) / Flowers / Hexagons / General / Mixed / Spirals / Squares / Stars / Starbursts / Swirls / Triangles / Triradials / Zooms

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