Italian artist Jonathan Calugi uses his self-proclaimed chaotic workspace to create clean illustrations and patterns. Each piece is a take on his quirky, childlike doodles, with simple colors and sharp, minimal lines. The art used here is also featured in Jonathan’s contribution to our Designer Passport series.

Seamless patterns are an incredibly popular form of art these days, being used by illustrators, graphic designers, and textile designers to create a slew of different things. Seamless patterns can be created in a few different ways in Adobe Illustrator; this tutorial presents one of those ways by using the Pattern Tile tool in Illustrator.

Step 1

Create a new document. Open the file with your original art and Select All. Copy and paste the selection into your new AI document, resize, and copy again three times. Place the four copies as a grid with two rows and two columns.

Step 2

Add color to the background if it suits your image, then adjust the distances between the copies using the rulers and guides. Now graphically connect the various subjects (plants, in this case) providing continuity and coherence to the three copies. If available, import your original little elements and add them to fill empty spaces, for example.

Step 3

Once you’re done, Select All, then go to Object > Pattern > Make, and a palette will appear on your workspace. Click on the “Pattern Tile” tool (the button on the top-left corner of the Pattern palette), and a selected area will appear on your artboard representing the “tile” (module). You can adjust the dimensions of the tile; your pattern will change its look according to your settings, so adjust it as you prefer.

Step 4

Everything is ready. Now you can easily create your pattern! Create a new layer, keeping your background visible (if you have one). Select your pattern on the Swatches Palette and it will appear inside the shape you need!

To see how Jonathan created the original artwork used in this piece, check out his Designer Passport tutorial!