Patterns are a great way to make your entire design cohesive as well as bring your finished project to life. Creating patterns in Illustrator is not hard, once you master a few basic principles.
In this roundup, you’ll find the best tutorials from around the web that will help you take your Illustrator skills to the next level and allow you to create custom, seamless patterns for all your current and future design projects.
You might also like: 50 free high-resolution seamless pattern sets.
With summer just around the corner, this tutorial is the perfect way to brush up your Illustrator skills and create a seamless pattern featuring an adorable underwater scene. Perfect for branding projects as well as for beachwear designs.
Mexican prints are known for their bold colors and floral imagery so they are a great way to create an impactful pattern for your design project. With the help of this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll be creating breathtaking Mexican-style patterns in no time.
Geometric Seamless Vector Patterns (Envato Elements Template)
Geometric patterns are great for any project that wants to reflect minimal and modern vibe. However, there might be times where you can’t afford to design a pattern from scratch. Use these beautiful geometric patterns from Envato Elements to save time in your design process.
Geometric patterns might look complicated but in reality, they are quite simple, usually consisting of a few basic shapes. Thanks to this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an interesting cubical pattern in Illustrator.
Damask patterns are beautiful in their elegance. This tutorial will teach you how to create semi-symmetrical vector graphics in Illustrator and use them to create beautiful pattern designs.
Seamless Black & White Chili Pepper Pattern (Envato Elements Template)
If you’re working on a project that requires cool food-related patterns, don’t miss out on this template. This black and white chili pepper pattern is a great way to spice up your designs and it comes in high resolution of 5000x5000px.
Learn how to make this bold pattern in a detailed tutorial by London-based designer David Popov. Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll learn how to use color and pattern swatches to create a bold-looking pattern.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a colorful pattern to your text and keep the text fully editable. The end result is truly spectacular and even though it sounds complicated, it only takes 12 steps.
Repeating patterns are a must if you want to make sure your pattern looks awesome and professional on a finished project. Use this tutorial to learn how to make the most of Illustrator tools and create a seamless repeating pattern.
Vintage Seamless Patterns (Envato Elements Template)
If you need vintage patterns, be sure to check out this Envato Elements template. It comes with 16 high-resolution patterns in vector format that are perfect for wedding cards, stationery, wallpapers, and other projects.
Line patterns can make for some interesting effects and this tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a line pattern in Illustrator. The best part about this tutorial is that it uses nothing more than basic shapes and clever adjustments.
Learn how to use basic shapes to create tribal African symbols like the ankh cross and the cowrie shells, then combine them into a pleasant composition that makes up a beautiful pattern.
Sometimes, an ordinary pattern just won’t do. That’s when you need to create a quirky pattern instead. This tutorial shows you how to create an unusual pattern based on map-like imagery.
Doodle Patterns (Envato Elements Template)
If you’re on the lookout for doodle patterns, be sure to check out this collection of 8 handmade patterns. They are done up in high-resolution and can be used as backgrounds or wallpapers.
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Pattern tool in Illustrator to create a hexagon pattern. The tutorial takes you through the steps, one at a time and you will also learn how to use the Pattern mode to experiment with your pattern design.
Learn how to create a set of hand-drawn retro patterns in Illustrator with this tutorial. You’ll learn how to make use of the Pattern option tool to create a fun and bold pattern design.
Designing your own patterns is a fun learning experience that pushes the boundaries of your creativity and skill. Thanks to the tutorials listed here, you’ll learn how to create a variety of great-looking patterns that can be used in a multitude of projects. Best of all, you’ll sharpen your Illustrator skills and be able to add another skill to your toolbox.