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Design Surface Patterns From Scratch

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  •   01 The World of Surface Pattern Design

    35:40
  •   02 Living Your Creative Dream

    22:15
  •   03 Introduction to Illustrator

    27:16
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About The Class

learn how Illustrator can easily bring your drawings and doodles to life.


Did you know that you can turn your sketches, drawings and doodles into patterns? Join Bonnie Christine for an introduction to creating patterns to use in your very own fabric prints, stationery designs, website backgrounds, cell phone covers, and much, much more.

This course will take you through the process of working with Adobe Illustrator to create digital versions of your artwork. You’ll learn tips and tricks for working in Illustrator and how you can use the software to create repeating patterns of your very own drawings. Bonnie will guide you step-by-step through the process of transforming sketches and tracings into vector art which can be used for an endless array of printable and online projects from customized stationery to computer wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to assemble your collection of designs into a portfolio you can use to impress potential collectors and buyers.

This course will lay a solid foundation for those new to Illustrator and open up exciting new possibilities for people already familiar with the program. If you are ready to bring your drawings to life in new ways this class is for you.


SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Illustrator CS6


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The World of Surface Pattern Design

    35:40
  2. 02

    Living Your Creative Dream

    22:15
  3. 03

    Introduction to Illustrator

    27:16
  4. 04

    Basic Tools: Pen, Text, & Blob

    Bonnie demonstrates how to use some of Illustrator’s most useful tools to create basic designs.

    22:29
  5. 05

    Color & Function Tools

    32:28
  6. 06

    More Tools: Rotate, Duplicate, & Replicate

    19:16
  7. 07

    Custom Color Palettes

    18:50
  8. 08

    Essential Tools for Pattern Making

    42:00
  9. 09

    Tools for Sketching Inspiration

    27:50
  10. 10

    Inspire & Nourish Your Creativity

    34:55
  11. 11

    Creating Objects from Scanned Sketches

    17:04
  12. 12

    Tracing & Coloring Sketches

    30:47
  13. 13

    Tracing & Coloring with the Pen Tool

    37:44
  14. 14

    Working from a Photograph w/ Live Trace

    36:24
  15. 15

    Hand Tracing Over Photographs

    31:28
  16. 16

    Building Pattern Tiles in Illustrator

    21:14
  17. 17

    Adding Textures to Illustrations

    28:52
  18. 18

    An Unrefined Look in Illustrator

    26:11
  19. 19

    Typography & Students Homework

    21:39
  20. 20

    Legality of Design w/ Annie Tunheim

    27:34
  21. 21

    Trademark & Licensing w/ Annie Tunheim

    27:51
  22. 22

    How to Design Repeating Patterns

    18:53
  23. 23

    Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 1

    27:39
  24. 24

    Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 2

    28:35
  25. 25

    Getting Noticed: Portfolios & Trade Shows

    39:44
  26. 26

    How to Drape on Pattern Mock Ups

    19:08
  27. 27

    Fun Stuff: Desktop Backgrounds

    19:43
  28. 28

    Fun Stuff: Gift Cards & Tags

    29:05
  29. 29

    Fun Stuff: Clip Art & Shipping Labels

    28:17
  30. 30

    Spoonflower: Stephen Fraser

    29:04
  31. 31

    Uploading Patterns for Web Printing

    20:30

Meet Your Expert

Bonnie Christine

Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern design and author of Going Home to Roost - the blog dedicated to everything handmade and anything homegrown. She loves to cook and garden and is mother hen of the Roost Tribe, an inspirational ... read more

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  • pdf Desktop and Smartphone Backgrounds
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  • pdf Grow Your Blog eBook
  • pdf Jouney to Becoming a Surface Pattern Designer
  • pdf Design Printables
  • pdf Color Palettes and Pattern Mockups
  • pdf Keynote Session 1
  • pdf Keynote Session 2
  • pdf Keynote Session 3
  • pdf Math Made Easy with Rotate Tool
  • pdf Free Month of Roost Membership
  • pdf Industry Resources and Supplies
  • pdf Keyboard Shortcuts
  • pdf My Creative Story
  • pdf Syllabus

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Emily Leggett

    August 2014

    I am so glad I took the time to sit through all 3 days of this course. I have been to hour long classes that I can't wait to get out of and this one I sat in for 3 days and I am wishing it wasn't over. I take a lot of continuing education classes and am always trying to learn new things and I have to say this is by far the absolute most informative, educational, inspiring, and motivating classes I have ever taken. Bonnie Christine was an amazing teacher. She took the time to take us through all aspects of the process and even beyond showing us so many things that can be done with everything she taught us in this class. I think she did a great job with the class, was easy to follow and is someone I would love to learn from again. Great job on everything. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn about surface pattern design and Illustrator. Great job to everyone involved in putting this course together!

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    Creativelive Student

    March 2015

    I'm about halfway through my first viewing of the course and I have to say, its been electrifying! There is so much quality information here, its an excellent starting point, and I do think I can start working towards a career in design now. It also makes me want to find more information and courses in the art and design area. Bonnie is such a joyful, honest and enthusiastic instructor and really, it feels like she';s hosting an amazing party for her friends. Thank you Bonnie for doing this course and thank you CreativeLive for pricing it so affordably

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2015

    Awesome awesome awesome course! Thank you Bonnie! Thank you Creative Live! I have learned so much... so much great information packed together in one class. I am so glad I bought the course so I can rewatch it any time I need to.

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