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Hello,

     Firstly, I'm sorry if i made any mistakes in this discussion, I don't post to forums often, but I've been trying to find an answer forever so I figured I'd give this a shot.

     In Illustrator, I'm working on a fantasy map for a project, and I'm using patterns and the blob brush to add in the small details (in this case trees to indicate a forested area) that would take forever by hand, but my problem is that I have to go back through and erase/add to parts of the object the pattern is applied to because there's often only half or a quarter of a tree will be present around the edges, and so I have to go through fixing the edges, which, while faster than doing it by hand, still takes quite a long time. I tried making a brush to do it, but I need them to be upright and at least somewhat uniform, which I couldn't get to work with a brush

     Main Point: I was wondering (hoping) if there is a way to make it so that only a full Tile of a pattern is shown, and no tiles that are cut off half way through are visible

     Again, sorry if I've done anything I shouldn't have, or if this is an incredibly dumb question, and I've been using Illustrator less than a week and don't quite understand everything yet

before fixing by hand, with trees cut off along the edges

before.PNG

After fixing (and a bit of sculpting to make the forest look more realistic) (no trees cut off)

After.PNG

After2.PNG

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I am afraid that the only thing you can do is to manually adjust the shape.

Add to the shape with the Blob brush, subtract with the Eraser.

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Make A Pattern only show Complete Tiles

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Hello,

     Firstly, I'm sorry if i made any mistakes in this discussion, I don't post to forums often, but I've been trying to find an answer forever so I figured I'd give this a shot.

     In Illustrator, I'm working on a fantasy map for a project, and I'm using patterns and the blob brush to add in the small details (in this case trees to indicate a forested area) that would take forever by hand, but my problem is that I have to go back through and erase/add to parts of the object the pattern is applied to because there's often only half or a quarter of a tree will be present around the edges, and so I have to go through fixing the edges, which, while faster than doing it by hand, still takes quite a long time. I tried making a brush to do it, but I need them to be upright and at least somewhat uniform, which I couldn't get to work with a brush

     Main Point: I was wondering (hoping) if there is a way to make it so that only a full Tile of a pattern is shown, and no tiles that are cut off half way through are visible

     Again, sorry if I've done anything I shouldn't have, or if this is an incredibly dumb question, and I've been using Illustrator less than a week and don't quite understand everything yet

before fixing by hand, with trees cut off along the edges

before.PNG

After fixing (and a bit of sculpting to make the forest look more realistic) (no trees cut off)

After.PNG

After2.PNG

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Correct answer by Ton Frederiks | Adobe Community Professional

I am afraid that the only thing you can do is to manually adjust the shape.

Add to the shape with the Blob brush, subtract with the Eraser.

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I am afraid that the only thing you can do is to manually adjust the shape.

Add to the shape with the Blob brush, subtract with the Eraser.

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I can suggest you to make a pattern and adjust shape edges or you can make a symbol from three and use Symbol Tool for distributing them , resizing and coloring with that tools.

How to create and edit patterns in Illustrator

Symbolism tools and symbol sets in Illustrator

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As for your patterns: Are the stems and the foliage made of stroked paths or filled paths?

Which version of Illustrator are you using?

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They are filled paths, and I'm using CS6

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Not quite sure if the trick I had in mind would work in Illustrator CS 6, but since you obviously consider your request as "correctly answered" I won't make the effort to verify it.

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Hi! I know this is an ancient thread, but I'm desperate for any way to achieve complete tiles without having to manually adjust paths, if you're still around / willing to divulge. Using Illustrator CC 2020

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