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Overlapping Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Overlapping Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Overlapping patterns are a visually appealing design element that can add depth, complexity, and visual interest to your illustrations, graphics, or textiles. With Adobe Illustrator, you can easily create captivating overlapping patterns to enhance your designs.

Adobe Illustrator offers a wide range of tools and features that allow you to experiment with shapes, colors, and textures to create unique overlapping patterns. By utilizing the power of layers, transparency, and blending modes, you can achieve seamless and harmonious overlaps.

To create an overlapping pattern in Illustrator, you can start by selecting the desired shapes, objects, or text that you want to overlap. By adjusting their positions, rotations, and sizes, you can create interesting compositions and interactions between the elements.

Exploring different color schemes and gradients can further enhance the visual impact of the overlapping pattern. Consider using complementary or analogous colors to create a cohesive and harmonious color palette.

Additionally, applying transparency effects such as opacity or blending modes can help create smooth transitions and intriguing overlaps between the elements. Experimenting with different blending modes like Multiply, Overlay, or Screen can yield various visual effects and create depth within the pattern.

Text can also be incorporated into an overlapping pattern by converting it into outlines and manipulating its position and orientation. This allows you to integrate typography seamlessly into the overall pattern design.

When designing an overlapping pattern, it’s important to consider the balance and harmony between the elements. Pay attention to the spacing, alignment, and visual weight of each component to create a cohesive and visually pleasing result.

Adobe Illustrator provides a versatile platform for creating captivating overlapping patterns. By leveraging the tools, layers, blending modes, and color options available in Illustrator, you can design intricate and visually stunning patterns that elevate your artwork. Unleash your creativity, experiment with different combinations, and enjoy the process of crafting unique overlapping patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

In today’s tutorial, you will learn to create an Overlapping Pattern in Adobe Illustrator. The wise use of the Transform Effect will help in creating this pattern.

We will use the Pen Tool and Transform Effect to create this pattern.


 Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document of size 500 pt X 500 pt. Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

Press Ctrl + “ to Show Grid on the artboard and then press Shift + Ctrl + “ to activate Snap to Grid.

Step 2

Select the Pen Tool and turn off the Fill color. Then draw lines as shown in the below image. The grid will help in drawing the lines properly.

Now press Ctrl + “ to Hide Grid on the artboard and then press Shift + Ctrl + “ to deactivate Snap to Grid.

Step 3

Select all the lines and increase the Stroke Weight.

Let all the lines be selected and click on Object in the Menu Bar. Then click on Expand.

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overlapping pattern

Now press Ctrl + 8 to make the selection a Compound Path.

Step 4

Select the Compound Path created and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Distort & Transform and select Transform.

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In the Transform Effect dialogue box, put a checkmark on Preview, and then enter value 1 in the Copies column.

Now put a checkmark on Reflect Y and set the Horizontal Move value. (See the below image)

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After making the required changes, click OK.

Step 5

Again apply the Transform Effect to the selection. This time when you will select the Transform Effect, a dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, select the Apply New Effect.

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When you will click on Apply New Effect, Transform Effect dialogue box will appear on the artboard.

In that dialogue box, put a checkmark on Preview and set the number of Copies as 1. Then set the Vertical Movevalue and put a checkmark on both Reflect X and Reflect Y.

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Step 6

Let the paths be selected and click on Object and then select Expand Appearance.

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Now save the selected lines as a pattern in the swatches panel. Then select the Rectangle tool and draw a rectangle on the artboard and fill it with the saved pattern.

Click on the below link to learn how to save the pattern in Swatches Panel

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This is how you can create an Overlapping Pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

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