55 Seamless Line & Crosshatch Swatches

The first graphic design software I ever learned was Macromedia Fireworks. For those of you familiar with the software you may be aware of the many tileable vertical, horizontal, diagonal and crosshatch patterns that ship with the software. These patterns were great; they allowed me to quickly create graphical mockups without having to spend a lot of time trying to get background tiles to line up properly. When I began branching out to other design programs such as Illustrator or Photoshop however, I quickly noticed how those patterns were missing. I spent a lot time frustrated in those early days trying to figure out how to create repeating backgrounds. Most of the time, I simply gave up and went with a design without those elements.

That’s why today I am releasing a set of 55 seamless lines & crosshatch swatches for Adobe Illustrator.  Just because it took me a little while to figure out how to design these elements, doesn’t mean that you guys should go without them as well.  So feel free to use these patterns in both your personal and professional work.  They are perfect for just about any type of design and I tried to include a variety of patterns with lines of varying width and direction.

Download these swatches
55 Lines & Crosshatch Swatches | 182 KB

Installation and Instructions
To learn how to install and how to work with a pattern swatch follow this tutorial.

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Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • NaturalLady76

    Thank You

  • Very nice resources You got here once again..I am pretty surprised how fast You found Your place in design community ..huh :)

  • thanks a million. these will come in very handy!

  • Andy

    how do you change the colour of these?

  • Andy, the best way to edit the color is to drag the swatch from the swatches palette onto the canvas, once on the canvas, edit the colors and then drag back into the swatches palette. Then apply the new swatch to your object.

  • Andy

    yes but how do I edit the colors? Everytime I try I have to expand it then change everyline which is very time consuming

  • Andy, this tutorial might explain the process a bit better

  • Harry Keene

    Hi Grant, the link to download the swatches isn’t working for me – is it still active?

  • Hi there ! I think the link is broken. Can we keep it by another way ?

  • John Meagher

    Everywhere I go on the internet looking for “illustrator crosshatch swatches” has links pointing me to this page, which is quite a compliment. EXCEPT that the link to the swatches themselves isn’t working, which must be some recent development. Any chance of it getting fixed in the near future? Thanks!