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Chapter 15. Fills, Multi-Fills, and Fab Fills > Filling Objects with Patterns

Filling Objects with Patterns

In Illustrator, you can fill both paths and text objects with patterns (sometimes called tiles, pattern tiles, or tile patterns), which are rectangular pieces of artwork that repeat over and over inside a shape. It's just like the tiles on a kitchen floor, only you don't have to get your hands all messy when applying the mortar. Most fabric and wallpaper designs are actually tile patterns with various levels of concealment.

Applying Patterns

In Illustrator, you can create your own patterns or select from the vast library included on the Illustrator CD-ROM. The pattern libraries are found in Illustrator Extras » Pattern & Texture Libraries. You can use the Window » Swatch Libraries » Other Library command to open the patterns as separate Swatches palettes. (If you need to, flip back to Chapter 14 for the details of how to work with the library palettes.)


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