Create your own pattern in no time at all

Level – Beginner
Follow this simple guide in which mother-of-three Petra Gardefjord experiments with the app Adobe Capture CC and Adobe Illustrator CC to create her own pattern using shapes and colors from her children's drawings.

Create your own pattern in no time at all
Assets can be found everywhere, even in dreams. In one experiment for finding good assets, mother-of-three Petra Gardefjord (@minimockspetra) asked her children to make drawings of their dreams immediately after waking. Using Adobe Capture CC and Adobe Illustrator CC, she transformed the drawings into various patterns for her latest collection. Try Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge for 30 days and start experimenting yourself.


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Step 1


Download the Adobe Capture CC app from the App Store or Google Play and sign in with your Adobe ID. 
Step 2


Open the Adobe Capture CC app and choose the Shape tool. Find a shape you like and then tap the plus sign. Now drag the slider and green-marked parts you want to capture. I used my children's drawings but you can naturally use any nice shape you like. 
Step 3


In the same app, choose the Colors tool to capture a color palette. Here as well, I’ve used my children's drawings to capture colors. 
Step 4


Open Illustrator CC and begin by creating an artboard, a good size is 2000x2000 pixels (If you don’t have Illustrator CC, you can try it free of charge for 30 days). Now open your asset library by first clicking Window on the menu and then Libraries. The shapes and colors you’ve just captured will be displayed on the library panel. Right-click one of your shapes and choose Place Linked to place the object on your artboard.
Step 5


Once you’ve placed out your selected shapes, you can change their sizes by first selecting them and then dragging one of the corner handle. To keep the objects from becoming elongated or compressed, you can hold down the Shift key while changing the sizes. When have the right sizes for your objects, you can move them around on the artboard to get a layout you like.
Step 6


To change the colors of the different shapes or the background, go back to the library panel and right-click one of the color swatches you created earlier, and then choose Add to Swatches. After this, select the various objects and click Swatch with the color you want to apply to the object. 
Step 7


When you’re happy with the colors and layout, you’ll find a very useful function called Pattern under Object on the toolbar. Click Pattern and then Create. You have now created your own pattern. To use it, first select the pattern. It will then be displayed with your Swatches. Now click the shape tool on your tools panel and draw a geometric shape. The pattern will be automatically applied to it. 
Step 8


Advanced/extra steps

If you want to continue with a technique that is a little more advanced, you’ll find a Photoshop CC-Mock-up in your asset library. There you can try applying your pattern to a pair of moccasins – it's super easy.


Download the PSD file “Moccasin Mockup” from your asset library and open it in Photoshop CC (If you don't have Photoshop CC you can try it free of charge for 30 days). Once the file is open, double-click the layer ”Place design here” on the layers panel and a new window will open.
Extra step 1


Go back to Illustrator CC and select the shape with your pattern. Copy the pattern by pressing CMD+C if you have a Mac, or CTRL+C if you have a PC.
Extra step 2


Go back to Photoshop CC again and paste in the pattern as a smart object in the empty window. You do this by pressing CMD+V if you have a Mac, or CTRL+V if you have a PC. Begin by adjusting the size of the pattern so that it covers the entire artboard. Now save by pressing CMD+S if you have a Mac, or CTRL+V if you have a PC. Once you've done this, go back to the first window where you will see how your pattern will look on the moccasins. 
Extra step 3
I hope you've appreciated my pattern tutorial and didn't find it all that complicated.

– Petra Gardefjord

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