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Patterns: overlap option

Explorer ,
Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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Dear Community,

I am trying to understand how Illustrator determines the left/right/top/bottom sides of a pattern when using the Overlap option.

In fact, check this example

AlbertoAndreuzzi_0-1682589955129.pngAlbertoAndreuzzi_1-1682589977050.png

The right side should be on top, but it is not.

How come?

Same happens for the other options.

Latest version of Illustrator installed and updated.

Thanks for your attention.

Alberto

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Community Expert , Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

Pattern bound is the rectangle in blue. The repeat you define.

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Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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Can you please create a demo file that shows your issue with some simple shapes and upload that to Creative Cloud or the like?

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Explorer ,
Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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I have attached Pattern 01.ai file. The pattern is saved in the swatches.

Thanks.

Edit: I cannot see the attached file. Can you see it?

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Mentor ,
Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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Even though this is the Illustrator forum, we cannot upload .ai files!

You need to upload (CreativeCloud, DropBox, Google, etc) and provide a link...

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Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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Community Expert ,
Apr 28, 2023 Apr 28, 2023

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Can you make it available for download?

 

Also: In the file please make different patterns that show the issue you want to solve (wrong overlapping)

You don't need to give us your original design. Some boxes would be sufficient. 

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Explorer ,
Apr 28, 2023 Apr 28, 2023

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Hi Monika,

Sure, here is the link from Onedrive

https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApfFDrQRSxcojJVN8Apym1Q-MgZ-Cg?e=7oaSzZ

Thanks.

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Apr 28, 2023 Apr 28, 2023

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In your example there's nothing overlapping.

The way this works: The pattern bounds are smaller than the actual objects that are repeating.

Now how should Illustrator treats the parts of the objects outside the pattern rectangle? 

That's what you define with those overlap options.

Screenshot 2023-04-28 at 23.39.29.png

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Explorer ,
Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

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Hi Monika,

Thanks for your reply.

I am not quite sure whether I understood what you mean. To start with: can you please define what a pattern bound is, exactly?

Thanks,

Alberto

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Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

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Pattern bound is the rectangle in blue. The repeat you define.

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Explorer ,
May 05, 2023 May 05, 2023

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Hi Monika,

Thanks for your answer. I am not sure whether I properly understood the subject though.

Best regards,

Alberto

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Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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The stacking order can be seen (and changed) in the Layers panel. 

The Overlap repetition can be changed in the Pattern maker.

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Explorer ,
Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27, 2023

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Hi Ton,

 

Understood. But the Overlap function is intended to make it easier to do that but it is simply not working as expected in my copy of Illustrator.

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Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

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Not sure .. but you can reset preferences. May be some settings are mixed?

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May 05, 2023 May 05, 2023

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I do not know, I do not think so however.

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