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i have an object with a pattern fill that I want to us to create a new pattern swatch

Community Beginner ,
Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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Hi,

I have an object with a pattern fill that I want to us to create a new pattern swatch....  I am working on design for some fabric... I have created, for example a table with a tablecloth and have used a check pattern (that I created) on the tablecloth.  I now want to use the table and tablecloth as an object in a repeated pattern as a fill in a larger object... Illustrator won't allow me... it just says "Patterns can not contain anything painted with a pattern"

Any ideas for a work around?

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Community Expert , Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

Daniel,

What happens if you Object>Expand Appearance?

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Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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Daniel,

What happens if you Object>Expand Appearance?

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Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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Thanks Jacob,

Object>Expand Appearance and then Object>Expand worked for me... thanks for your tip...

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Dec 10, 2022 Dec 10, 2022

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Thank you so much for this! It got me out of a pickle. 

 

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Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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You cannot make a new pattern from objects that already contain a pattern.

You may have a pattern on a stroke, or  opacity to set 0% on a pattern  fill. Please review your artwork, and remove any patterns assigned.

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Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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I am having the same error. It is practically impossible for me to check every object for the color fill. Is there any other workaround. I already tried to fill every object with a correct color swatch. I just can't seem to locate which one is filled with a pattern swatch.. Please help. I may just have to lose my work if I can't convert this into a pattern. Thank you so much. 

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Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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Did you try Expand Appearance as suggested by Jacob above?

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