I am very comfortable making patterns in Adobe Photoshop but recently learnt how to make them using vectors in Adobe Illustrator.
What are the best practice in terms of file organizations for clients? How do you organize everything neatly?
I am so lost and can’t figure out how to properly lay out everything.
I created my repeat using the pattern option without a background. Then I saved that swatch. After that I added a colored background on a layer under the elements and a bounding box with no fill and no strokes at the bottom and used a clipping mask. Saved that swatch as well.
Do you provide a file like this with a couple of swatches (for color variations) or one Ai file for each color variation? Do you keep a swatch with the original swatch (the one without the background) for the client to edit in case they need it?
For the swatch with the colored background, I swatched a skillshare class saying to merge all the layers together and to crop the elements that are outside the artboard. Which I did and saved another swatch named Merged.
After that, I created a second artboard (1200px square and drag my merged swatch from the swatch panel to my new artboard and aligned it in the center. Then Export > Save as jpg > Artboard 2 > Selected Art Optimization
When I open that jpg in Photoshop and look at the size, it is 5001 x 5000 px wide … So confusing. Then I click > Define Pattern After that I open a new file of 10 000px wide to look at my repeat and fill it with a Pattern Layer Mask. Then I see a white line across the document. I feel so discouraged.
I would like to include in my collection for Creative Market. A Ai File for my clients to modify the pattern tile repeat as they wish, for them to be able to change the colours as well.
Then I would like to include a EPS file. And a transparent SVG and PNG (5000px wide approximatively) and a JPG same size, all at 300dpi.
How do you create everything? Organize everything? I also have another Ai File with all the graphic elements of my collections and a png (and svg for each).
Thanks so much,