One of the simplest repeating patterns you can make in Illustrator is a plaid swatch. This tutorial will show you how to create this surface / textile design using only rectangles – yes, just one shape for the entire pattern!
You will learn:
What are warp and weft lines in a plaid (00:28)
How to add transparency to your plaid to make it look more realistic (01:43)
How to turn your plaid into a pattern swatch (2:08)
Troubleshooting why the edges of you pattern don’t line up (2:16)
How to fix the edges of you pattern so they seam up nicely (3:13)
Get the free plaid pattern swatch to follow along with the video tutorial. DOWNLOAD