Repeat Patterns for Beginners: Using Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

The ideal starting point for anyone keen to dive into Adobe Illustrator and craft stunning repeat patterns, even if drawing isn't your forte!

Hi, I’m Tammy and I’m a Surface Designer based in Brisbane, Australia.

I spent many years dreaming of becoming a designer but my inability to draw always held me back. I later learnt several methods to create designs without needing to draw in a traditional sense and I’m now working in my dream job as a Surface Designer.

I licence my artwork to companies, sell products featuring my designs, and am an educator, mentor and Adobe Express ambassador. I'm also passionate about connecting communities, fostering creativity, and bringing people together through art and design.

Bonus Lesson

Explore a bonus lesson where you'll learn how to take your pattern and apply it to a provided tea towel template. This template is laid out with 4 panels which when printed on fabric will be ready for you to cut and sew into 4 tea towels featuring your fabulous design!

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Repeat Patterns for Beginners: Using Shapes in Adobe Illustrator


Master Adobe Illustrator Basics: Learn the essential setup and navigation of Adobe Illustrator to kickstart your design journey.

Shape Tools Proficiency: Gain confidence in using and manipulating shape tools to create versatile design elements.

Custom Shape Creation: Discover techniques for crafting custom shapes tailored to your unique design vision.

Pattern Tile Creation: Learn how to create a seamless repeat pattern tile, perfect for applying to various products.

Print-Ready Files: Acquire the skills to prepare print-ready files for fabric printing, enabling you to bring your designs to life.

Practical Application: Create your own personally designed tea towels with the provided template for printing on fabric, ready to sew and enjoy.

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How long is the class?

The class consists of 1.5 hours of video content. However, the time it takes to complete the exercises and practice what you learn during the videos may vary depending on each student's individual pace and familiarity with Adobe Illustrator.

I can't draw, is that needed for this class?

Not at all! This class is perfect for you because it doesn't require any drawing skills. Instead, you'll be creating motifs using shapes making it accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their drawing abilities.

Are closed captions available?

Yes, closed captions are available on all videos to ensure accessibility and accommodate various learning preferences.

When does the class begin?

This class operates on-demand, granting immediate access to the entire course upon enrollment. You can start learning right away without any waiting period.

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of our digital product, we do not offer refunds. All sales are final. We're dedicated to delivering valuable content and assistance to guarantee a fulfilling learning journey.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

For further inquiries, please email us at We're here to assist you with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Can I take the class if I don't have Adobe Illustrator?

The class is specifically focused on teaching you how to create repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. If you don't have Adobe Illustrator, you can download a free trial version from the Adobe website to follow along with the lessons and complete the exercises.

Can I use the Adobe Illustrator app on my iPad?

The class is taught using the desktop version of Adobe Illustrator, which differs significantly from the iPad app. Therefore, you won't be able to follow along using the iPad app, as the interface and features are quite different.

What tools and supplies do I need to take this class?

You'll need a computer with Adobe Illustrator installed. The class was recorded using Adobe Illustrator 26.0.3. While you don't need this exact version to participate, it's important to note that some features may not be available in older versions. Although you can use an older version, you may encounter challenges in following along with the lessons.

How long do I have access to the class?

You will have ongoing access to the class materials, allowing you to revisit and review the content at your own pace.

Are there any prerequisites for taking this course?

No, there are no prerequisites for this course. It's designed for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or pattern design.