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Expand Patterned Object Without Changing the Size of the Pattern Items

New Here ,
May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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I imported an AI (alterable) fleur de lis pattern that I like, but will need to cover a larger area. When I "expand," it naturally expands the size of every single fleur de lis...

 

What may I do to get this perfect-sized pattern to cover a larger area of the art-board?

 

Thanks in advance!

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May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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Is that a real pattern swatch aplied to a rectangle?

Then go to Preferences > General and turn off "Transform patterns"

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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Thank you!  The photo here is not the actual thing that I'm using. It's a pattern from a manipulable Adobe stock (will add this).

I expanded with "Transform patterns " OFF- but the little fleur de lis got BIGGER...

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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Files from Adobe Stock might be built in a myriad of ways. Some of which might not be the best approach.

 

So without knowing what exactly is happening, this might get difficult.

 

Instead of expanding the pattern, you could try and Object > Flatten transparency.

 

Or rebuild the pattern from the base object and making your own version of it.

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Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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Thank you! I have opted to rebuild the pattern. How does one make it perfectly aligned with equal spacing top & bottom, etc... That is without having to ZOOM to microscope level of magnification to "eyeball it."

 

Also, while I'm here, how does one make perfect allignments with other objects like corner borders, etc without having to "eyeball?" This will save me lots of time and headache/frustration!!!

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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You can use the pattern maker to create a seamless pattern. Use pixels or points as units and no fractions in the size of the pattern tile.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/create-edit-patterns.html

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Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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Are you sure this is a repeating pattern, or vector artwork, masked by a rectangle. You can view >> Outline to check, if you see the vector shapes, then it is an expanded pattern. You can then use direct select tool to grab one Fleur De LIs and use Object >> pattern >> Make, then adjust Pattern Option for how you want to repeat.

 

I would grab the vector 

 

 

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