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4.1 Creating Patterns

In this lesson we'll create a simple repeated pattern together with basic shapes. We’ll also explore additional options from the Object Properties docker.

4.1 Creating Patterns

Welcome to Getting Started with CorelDRAW. I'm Mary Winkler for tuts+. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create and use custom patterns within CorelDRAW. In your working document, we're gonna start with a rectangle tool. Draw a rectangle. In the Object Properties docker, select pattern fill under Fill. And open the menu that contains a variety of patterns through the content exchange and patterns on your machine. It may take a bit to open, so no worries if you are waiting for content to load. Scroll through the patterns available to you, which will likely differ from those I'm currently seeing in content exchange. Note that if you head on down to Personal, you will find patterns that either come with CorelDRAW by default or are your own custom patterns. Whether they're personal or shared will depend on how you've saved them. I'll choose one of the patterns I made for a tus+ tutorial previously. If I show more of the Object Properties docker, you can see there are multiple options for editing pattern itself. You can mirror the swatch either horizontally or vertically and move the swatch around, allowing you to resave your edits. For the time being, however, let's move on to creating our own pattern, in which we'll edit and play with various options together. To start, I'm gonna draw a few circles with the ellipse tool. Feel free to set your circles at whatever color you want. I'll be pulling colors from my document palette since they're easily accessible. Continue setting fill colors and drawing additional elements into your design. In total, I'll have drawn eight circles for this pattern creation demo. When you're satisfied with your quickly created design, select all of your elements and group them together by hitting Ctrl+G. Keep your design group selected, and head on over to Tools > Create > Pattern Fill. Choose Vector from Type since you're working with vector shapes in a vector program, and then hit OK. Your cursor will then resemble the crop tool. With it, select around your design, this is how your swatch is created. Hit the small accept box at the bottom of your screen if you're happy with your swatch's boundaries. You'll then be prompted to save your new pattern. Give your pattern a name. If you plan on sharing it over content exchange, you can enter in relevant keywords and choose a category for your design. If you don't wish to share it, toggle off the Share box and skip those two options. Also you want key words in a category for your own purposes. Now we can edit the pattern further from the Object Properties docker. Move or delete your circles. Draw a rectangle on your page. Select pattern fill and choose a new pattern. You'll find it under personal. You may notice your design is stretched or incorrect for the object. You can adjust the swatch's measurements under Transformations in the Object Properties docker. I'm going to make sure when I resize the x and y axes, they're not locked together. Scale the design until it looks the way you originally intended if this happened to you. Once again, you can change how your swatch repeats with the mirror functions. You also have the option to adjust the pattern's offset, either by column or row. Doing so will move the swatch, changing how it repeats within an object. Adjust it as you see fit. You can also move the entire pattern around in the object itself, or rotate it for a diagonal design. I'm gonna reduce my swatch size so you can really see the pattern better. Once you're changes are made, you'll find your pattern has already been saved with these new settings. Now you have the basics for creating all sorts of patterns in CorelDRAW. Thank you so much for watching this lesson on pattern creation. In the next lesson, we'll finish up chapter four with learning how to create simple power clips.

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