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…
1. Turn on VIEW menu > GRID and VIEW menu > SNAP TO GRID
2. Within a  2” x 2” area place the graphic element you want to repeat in the upper left hand corner within the quadrant (do not go over the halfway point).
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3. We want to copy the element to the center of the 2″ x 2″ area , our goal is to place it in the same location relative to the center as the first element was relative to the upper left hand corner. To do this, select the element with the black arrow and then double click the black arrow icon on the toolbar – this will bring up the move dialogue box. For a repeat based on a 2”x 2” area, put in 1” for the horizontal movement and 1” for vertical. Click on COPY. For other sized areas, divide the width and the height in half to get the correct distances.
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4. Using the rectangle tool draw a square around the 2″ x 2″ area. Change the fill and stroke color to NONE and send it to the back. If you want a color background to your repeat, change the fill color of the square to a solid but keep the stroke NONE.
5. Drag all 3 objects (the two elements and the square) into the swatches panel.
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6. Make a large shape and change the fill with your new swatch.
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7. For a graphic that might be more horizontal in nature the proportion of the overall repeat area can be made rectangular (1″ x 2″, 1″ x 3″ etc..) The same rules apply as above.

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