With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I spent a little time over the weekend putting together a set of 10 Valentine’s Day heart pattern swatches for you guys to use in your designs. This set of 10 Valentine’s Day swatches is available for Illustrator CS and above. I hope that you all have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day and I hope you can find a place in your heart for these patterns in your designs!
I’ve been feeling a bit patriotic lately so I decided to have a bit of fun and release a set of patriotic brushes and swatches with a “stars & stripes” theme. I will be honest with you; this set isn’t all that innovative. There really aren’t very many ways to display star and stripe patterns. That’s why most political and patriotic designs look practically the same; with a few notable exceptions. I released this set because I think it can save you guys a little time the next time you have to create a patriotic design.
Included in this set are 2 files; an Illustrator Swatch file and an Illustrator Brush file, both of which are compatible with Illustrator CS and above. I hope you all enjoy! Go America! YAH!
As simple as they are, polka dot patterns are very effective design elements. Not too long ago I released a set of asymmetrical polka dot patterns but today I decided to create a more symmetrical set of polka dots for you guys to download and use in your designs for free.
Polka dot patterns are perfect for stationary, children’s design, package design or fashion design and can even be used to overlay on top of your artwork in Photoshop to add some texture.
I really hope you enjoy these patterns and don’t forget to Float, Digg, Stumble and Tweet this post!
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.
This week I have another cool set of vector freebies for you. Lately, I have been doing a lot of experimentation with seamless patterns. I have found that pattern design is both fun and challenging so this week I put together a set of 25 seamless polka dot pattern swatches for you guys.
Feel free to use these patterns in any number of ways including invitations for baby showers, birthdays, package design, website design or any other project that you are working on.
Click on the following link for a quick tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches in Illustrator.
Earlier this week I posted a set of 50 Plaid Pattern Swatches. As I explained in that post, plaid patterns have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. What makes this set different from the last set however is the simulated twill texture that I applied to it. Applying that texture took a little extra time so instead of creating 50 swatches like I did last time, this time, I only created 25. What makes swatches so great is the flexibility that they provide. You can perform a number of transformations on them including scale and rotate without affecting the shape of the object they are applied to. You can find a detailed tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches here.