How to Extract One Tile from a Repeating Pattern Swatch in Illustrator Tutorial by {Sew Heidi}

Extract One Pattern Tile from a Pattern in Illustrator

If you work in surface or textile design, you need to know how to extract one repeat tile from your pattern to send to a printer or manufacturer (such as Spoonflower or a factory), this Illustrator video tutorial will show you how to do this quickly, easily and accurately.  Whether your repeating pattern was made in versions CS5 and earlier and you manually created it, or in versions CS6 and later and you used the pattern making tool, this tutorial will teach you how to pull one single repeat tile.

You will learn:

  • How to pull a pattern swatch out of the swatches panel (00:36)
  • How to create a Clipping Mask to “crop” one repeat tile (00:58)
  • How to double check your tile to make sure it repeats seamlessly (2:07)


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