How to combine multiple Illustrator swatches tutorial

How to combine multiple swatches / fills / patterns in Adobe Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 etc tutorial

Illustrator swatches

multiple illustrator swatches combination AI format files. They (on this site, anyway) are all seamless tiles. They come in a variety of colors and artworks - see more via the Illustrator swatches but how to combine them, how to blend them into something even more super colorful and amazing for use in your projects. You can also find more swatches such as zoom swatches and triangle swatches and starburst swatches


Combining multiple swatches in Illustrator can result in subtle designs with a lovely painted Illustrator look or perhaps more extreme like the image on the right which uses blending modes and mixes two diamond Illustrator swatches


Key panels for the tutorial

Key panels via the window menu, appearance and graphic styles


Illustrator swatches and combining fills via appearance

apperance panel and illustrator swatches combined1) You can go to the right side menu of appearance panel and clear appearance to get to a decent start point.


2) Go to the swatches panel and select an item (can be any of the ones on the site or any other sets).


3) Once you have applied one fill


4) Then go to add new fill or duplicate command (same menu as before) and add a swatch.


5) You will only see that one now as the lower down fill is hidden by the top artwork (in most cases unless there is transparency). Go to the opacity section (it is displayed as a link next to the fill in the appearance panel) on the latest fill and set the opacity to say, 50%.


Or set the blending mode to darken or lighten etc and depending on the fills, more or less of the underlying fill will be seen.


Transparency included and combining them

two fills illustrator swatches combinedSome of the tiles in the various sets do not need to use the opacity / blending mode.


Some of the swatches tiles already have transparency inbuilt and can be combined multiple times without the need to change the opacity etc.


You can also shift the artwork in the swatch (or scale or rotate) via the object menu transform (the key thing is to set the transform object option to OFF and put the pattern to ON) I must admit the shift it terrible to use and not really that easy to shift and align a duplicated artwork but I guess with some practise


Saving the combination as a style in Illustrator

Once you have added all the fills and strokes then you can go to the graphic style's panel and select the right side menu and select the new style option and save all the combinations into the style's panel


Other tutorials

You can find many other tutorials such as how to open and load the Illustrator swatches


Youtube Video tutorials - how can we find out more

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube]