How to Make a Repeat of Anything in Adobe Illustrator

rep00Unbelievable but true! You can take any element you can think of and make a simple drop repeat out of it in Illustrator. Don’t believe me? Click below to find out how…
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Clipping Masks

CL00A clipping mask is a way of taking multiple objects, textures (cross hatch, stipples, symbols clusters for instance), blends or photographs and cropping them within a single or compound path, essentially making the photo or texture the object’s fill.
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Compound Path Explainer

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Compound Paths are especially helpful in creating logos and other iconographic art in Illustrator, below are some tips on understanding how they function and how to best work with them.
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Illustrator Cross Hatching

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In this tutorial we will be emulating cross-hatching using some effects and the blend tool. The tutorial is pretty straight forward and gives you lots of places to make your own variations.
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Oh Gee! It’s an Ogee, part 2

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Here’s another variation of the ogee, not as simple as the first one, but certainly not complex.
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Nested Styles for By Lines and Paragraph Leads

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Nested styles have huge advantages because you can use a paragraph style that is a collection of individual character styles, apply it to quickly format large amounts of text and then – if necessary – make changes to one of the character style and see your result cascade throughout the document.
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Low Contrast Images for use as Backgrounds

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A lot of times I have students propose putting an image behind text in order to give the page interest. Its a fair enough request, but one that introduces a lot of problems in comprehending the text. Sometimes, they will lower the opacity of the background or throw a lowered opacity white fill under the text but it usually doesn’t help. Full color Images have a variety of tone and color and as a background makes reading the text extremely difficult. The difficulty arises because in order for text to be legible it needs a consistent background that offers decent separation between the positive space (the text) and the negative space (the page), if you have a variety of contrasts as the background it acts counters to comprehension . One way to remedy this is to prepare a low contrast image with a single color.
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Oh Gee! It’s an Ogee, in Illustrator!

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Another in a series of super simple patterns in Illustrator, this time it’s an ogee.
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A Grunge Portrait in Photoshop

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This tutorial combines the grunge brush and grunge texture from the previous tutorials to make a stylized, painterly portrait. If you don’t have them, no worries, you can always search google for grunge textures and grunge brushes.
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A Grunge Texture From Scratch

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This tutorial shows you how to make a grungy dirty surface from scratch without having to scan a surface to begin with. Like the grunge brush tutorial below, there are a lot of steps involved – don’t despair its not overly complicated – it just means there are lots of ways to modify and improvise to make even more interesting textures.
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