Problem with Pattern Design Shifting

Community Beginner ,
Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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I've been creating successful pattern tiles the "manual" way for some time now (I do not use the Pattern Tool in AI). Recently, when I create a pattern tile and drag it into the swatch panel, it results in a shift and the pattern is not seamless. 

Below is my process: 

  • Create rectangle/square background (pink in my example)
  • Create pattern design on pattern tile.
  • Transform --> Move the top and left objects onto the right and bottom of the tile. 
  • Select the pink background square and copy and paste to the back. Make sure bounding box has no stroke, no fill. 
  • Select the entire pattern tile and drag into the swatch panel. 
  • Create new rectangle/square and fill with swatch to test. 

 

This has always been a successful way to make patterns for me. I have no idea why it is shifting now. I also reviewed my layers panel and couldn't find any clues there. 

 

In the attached photo, the left side is the pattern tile I created and the right side is the swatch that I end up with. 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

 

Screen Shot 2021-02-28 at 10.19.53 PM.png

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021
Then there is something wrong, just select a rectangle and choose Object > Pattern > Make Add elements by copy/past, draw...

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Try to create a rectangle in the upper left corner of the artboard.

Check if Transform Both is selected in the Transform panel menu and move the rectangle. 

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Hi Ton, thanks for the reply. I suppose I could try this for a one-time fix, but I don't want to have to do this for every pattern I make. I've never had this problem before... the only thing I can think of is that I accidentally changed some sort of setting along the way. Perhaps I'll try to reset AI to default settings. 

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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I tried creating the pattern using the Pattern Tool in AI, and the below photo is the result. I'm lining up the no stroke, no fill box exactly behind the original background square so I'm not sure why this is happening. I also tried a new document and a new pattern and the result is the same.

Screen Shot 2021-03-01 at 10.04.55 AM.png

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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When applying a pattern to an object, the pattern repeat is not aligned to the object, but to the document's geometry. The pattern will start at 0,0 and then fill the object depending on where the object is located.

 

I don't really understand why you are doing what you are doing there. Can you give us that background? Are you trying to send that pattern for printing?

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Hi Monika, when you say you don't understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, are you referring to my process/workflow of creating the pattern? Yes, I'm trying to send it for printing on a greeting card. 

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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So just this should be on a greeting card? Then what do you need the pattern for? Make a clipping mask on your design and that's it.

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Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Will do, thanks!

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If you use the pattern tool, don't use the no stroke no fill object.

You can star with your square and add berries and text.

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This is my result when I use the pattern tool with no stroke no fill object: 

Screen Shot 2021-03-01 at 10.46.55 AM.png

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Then there is something wrong, just select a rectangle and choose Object > Pattern > Make

Add elements by copy/past, draw...

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