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Repeating pattern with patterned swatches

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Sep 07, 2020

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Hi there, I am trying to create a repeating pattern using motifs with patterns on them. Illustrator says: patterns cannot contain anything painted with a pattern. Is there anyway around this? For instance, I have acorns that I have made with a plaid pattern on top. I then want to use the acorns in another pattern. Is there a way to do this? Please and thank you!

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Repeating pattern with patterned swatches

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Hi there, I am trying to create a repeating pattern using motifs with patterns on them. Illustrator says: patterns cannot contain anything painted with a pattern. Is there anyway around this? For instance, I have acorns that I have made with a plaid pattern on top. I then want to use the acorns in another pattern. Is there a way to do this? Please and thank you!

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Sep 07, 2020

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You can edit your pattern in the Pattern Maker (Double click the pattern swatch in the Swatches panel)

See here for more info about patterns:

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

You could try to split your current pattern into 2 separate pattens.

Select the acorn(s) and cut them

Click the save a copy  option.

Delete the plaid and past the acorn(s) in place.

Save another copy

Combine them in objects as separate fills in the Appearance panel.

Layered patterns.png

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Great I'll give that a try. Thanks so much!

Laura

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