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Adobe Illustrator Pattern Making Masterclass

$19.99 $12.00

4.88 (12 reviews)


What you’ll learn

  • Make a range of seamless repeating patterns in Illustrator
  • Work more confidently in Illustrator
  • Create large block and half drop repeat patterns
  • Know handy shortcut keys and techniques
  • Draw shapes and use Illustrator effects
  • Create designs suitable for print on demand products, and digi-scrapping
  • Create spiral and faux leopard skin patterns
  • Create stripe and polkadot patterns
  • Create classic patterns like the Moroccan trellis
  • Size and recolor any pattern with ease
  • Reinforce everything you learn with practical exercises

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Make Patterns in Illustrator – learn to use Illustrator by making useful designs

Are you ready to learn Illustrator? Do you want to increase your Illustrator knowledge? Do you want to expand your graphic design skills?



This course is for you. It’s a fun and a practical way to learn Illustrator. 

Here you’ll “learn by doing” as you make a range of seamless repeating patterns. You can use these patterns for scrapbook papers, stock imagery, backgrounds and for your own projects. You could upload them to Spoonflower to make fabric and wallpaper, you can print them on book covers and mugs. There are literally hundreds of ways to make use of the patterns you’ll make in this course and you’ll be so proud when you say “I made that”.

Who is your trainer?

Helen Bradley has taught thousands of students to use Illustrator and Photoshop. She doesn’t fluff about and is focused on helping you learn to use Illustrator in a practical and smart way. Her workflows are carefully structured for maximum success and she explains everything so you know the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ of any process.

Helen has a huge commitment to her students’ learning – she answers all student questions and often adds extra videos to a course to help students with questions that others might also benefit from learning from.

What will you learn?

When you complete this course, you’ll:   

–       be able to create a range of different types and styles of patterns in Illustrator

–       have extended your knowledge of Illustrator tools 

–       have learned new tips and techniques that you can use every day 

–       be able to confidently create pattern filled objects for a range of design and commercial uses

Do I hear you say “…but I don’t know how to use Illustrator (and frankly, I’m scared of it)”?

I understand!    

I’ve been there.

Illustrator can be really scary to use when you first start out.   

… but I’ve created a better way to learn Illustrator. One that makes it a lot less scary and a lot more fun.   

You see, you’ll learn to make patterns you can sell, give away on your blog, and use yourself. So you’ll be making designs that you can do something with at the same time that you are learning Illustrator. There’s no waiting! There’s no hours of learning before you can get started doing something. In fact you can start today. Complete the first few lessons and you’ll have your first patterns made!

Do I hear you say “… but I hate the Pen tool!”?

I understand! Most people hate the pen tool. You are not alone!

… I believe that Illustrator is so much more than its (dreaded) Pen tool – so we’ll use the pen tool only when we have to (which is practically never) and you’ll see just how much you can achieve without it.

Do I hear you say “… but I can’t draw”?

No problem! If you can use a mouse you can complete this course.

Quite simply, you don’t need to be able to draw. In fact many designers can’t draw and yet they make fantastic designs and great products. 

If you can draw – great! If you can’t draw – don’t worry, you’ll be able to do succeed in this course even if drawing isn’t a skill you have mastered.

Are you ready to extend your Illustrator skills?

If you already know the basics of using Illustrator, taking this class will elevate your skills to a new level. You’ll learn to use tools and techniques in a practical situation. No laboriously making shapes just to learn what the pathfinder tool does. No! In this class you’ll learn the pathfinder because you need it, you’ll draw shapes intrinsic to the pattern you are making – you’ll be putting your skills to practical use from the first lecture. You’ll reinforce your existing knowledge as you apply it to real world designs. And if we use tools you’ve never used before – great! You’ll learn to use them fast and easily so you understand how you can put them to work in your daily workflow.

Do I hear you say “Please don’t waste my time”?

If there is one thing I hate it’s wasting time and you probably do too. 

So, I don’t say “um”, I don’t fluff about, I don’t make mistakes, I know my stuff and I show you how to do things efficiently and effectively. I speed up the videos where appropriate so you don’t get bored or distracted. 

I’m 100% focused on helping you learn.   

In short, I’ll get straight to the point and I’ll maximize what you learn in every class.

Do I hear you say “… but I can’t afford the latest Illustrator version”?

Again, I understand. I teach thousands of students who can’t afford the monthly Creative Cloud payment. If you’re using practically any version of Illustrator you should be able to complete this class.   

Where a pattern is made using the Pattern Make tool which was introduced in Illustrator CS6 (and which is in Illustrator CC), you will always find a second version of the class that teaches the same pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier. I won’t let you down. I will teach you to make use of the tools you can afford.

So, provided you have a version of Illustrator that’s less than 10 years old (from around CS3 onwards) you are good to go. I’ll help you get the most out of it and you won’t miss out on anything in this class.

Will I just learn to make patterns?

Well Yes, and No! 

Yes, you’ll learn to make patterns – lots of wonderful seamless repeating patterns. Each pattern has been chosen for a reason, there are the basic patterns like polka dots and stripes which are foundation patterns that everyone should know how to make. You’ll learn to make checks and spirals because they teach different techniques, you’ll make faux leopard skin and you’ll make patterns from lines and geometric shapes. 

But you’ll also learn to use tools, like the Blob brush and the Wrinkle tool. You’ll learn to make spirals and use the warp tools. 

You’ll learn techniques and tips for working everyday in Illustrator.

You’ll learn to recolor your patterns. You’ll fall in love with the recolor tool as you use it to explore wonderful color schemes for your art.

You’ll get plenty of practice using Illustrator and you’ll grow in confidence with every lecture.

How will I learn?

This course is made up 100% of video content. You’ll watch my screen as I show you how each pattern is made. I’ll explain what I am doing and why so you can learn as you watch. 

In one lecture you’ll make a pattern from lots of small objects. Because making those objects isn’t an important part of the class, I’ll give them to you so you can get to work straight away. That way you can focus on the pattern and not the bits that go to making it. 

Join me… 

I hope you will join me in this Illustrator class. I look forward to meeting you and I invite you to contact me if you have any questions as you work through the lectures.  



Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Illustrator users who want to learn Illustrator in a fun and practical way
  • Anyone who knows a bit about Illustrator and who wants to advance their knowledge, and learn to design using a smart workflow
  • Anyone wanting to make patterns for sale online or personal use (eg. scrapbooking, stock)
  • Self taught Illustrator users will gain value by extending their knowledge of tools and techniques
  • Designers who want to create scrapbook paper designs for online sale
  • Anyone who wants to create patterns for POD and sites like Spoonflower

Course content

  • Welcome!
  • Find, Install, and Use patterns in Illustrator
  • Create Basic Patterns in Illustrator
  • Beyond the Basics – Patterns with Alternating Colors and Shapes
  • More Advanced patterns
  • Line Patterns
  • Organic and Free Form Patterns
  • Advanced Pattern Making Techniques
  • Special Situations
  • Extras! Answers to Student Requests

12 reviews for Adobe Illustrator Pattern Making Masterclass

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.


  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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