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How to Make an Illustrator Chevron Pattern

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What You'll Be Creating

If you're interested in Adobe Illustrator patterns, in this tutorial I'll show you how to make a pattern in Illustrator—specifically, a seamless chevron pattern. The process is pretty straightforward, and after you try it once, you'll fully understand how to create a repeating pattern in Illustrator.

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How to Make an Illustrator Chevron Pattern

Step 1

Press D to reset the color swatches.

reset color swatches

Step 2

Use the Rectangle Tool (M) while holding Shift to draw a square.

draw square

Step 3

Go to Object > Path > Split Into Grid. Add two Rows and Columns.

split square into quarters
split into grid

Step 4

Lock the layer and create a new one.

lock layer

Step 5

Remove the Fill.

remove fill

Step 6

Take the Pen Tool (P) and click the following anchor points.

draw chevron shape

Step 7

Remove the Stroke and add a black Fill.

add black fill

Step 8

Lock the layer. Unlock the layer below and select its content.

unlock layer and select

Step 9

Remove the Stroke.

remove stroke

Step 10

This Illustrator pattern is almost done! Open the Pathfinder panel and use the Unite action.

unite shape with pathfinder

Step 11

Unlock the other layer and Select All (Control-A). To make a pattern in Illustrator, just open the Swatches panel and drag the selected elements to it.

how to make a pattern in illustrator

Step 12

Your Illustrator chevron pattern is done! If you want to use it, simply select the object that you want to want to apply it to, and click the pattern on the list.

how to apply patern illustrator

Step 13

This method can be modified to create a more interesting version of a chevron pattern as well. You can add colors to the elements, and then add a rectangle over one of the halves.

create colorful pattern illustrator

Change its Blend Mode to Multiply and lower the Opacity. Now this half looks as if it's in the shadows, which adds a 3D effect to your seamless pattern.

change blend mode
colorful chevrin patter

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Good Job!

Now you know how to create a repeating pattern in Illustrator. If you're interested in Adobe Illustrator patterns, check out our other tutorials as well:

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