How to apply pattern swatches in Illustrator.

There are severals ways you can apply pattern swatches to your work in Adobe Illustrator.  How you apply the swatches will depend on your work flow and specific situation. Here are some of our favorite ways to use pattern swatches.


You can paint patterns onto your art board with the Blob Brush. 

First, select the pattern swatch you want to use from the Swatch Panel. Then, choose the Blob Brush from your Tool Panel. Using your mouse (or tablet) to paint the pattern onto your art board.


You can use the Pen Tool to make new shapes that are automatically filled by the pattern.

Select the pattern swatch you want to use from the Swatch Panel. Select the Pen Tool and start drawing. Once you enclose your new shape, the shape will automatically fill with the pattern.


If you already have your shapes mapped out on your art board, it's easy to apply pattern swatches to your shapes.

Just select a shape on your art board and choose the pattern swatch you'd like to use. Your shape will fill instantly with the chosen pattern.

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