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Chapter 13. Applying and Defining Patterns > General Rules Governing Patterns

General Rules Governing Patterns

Patterns, like colors, can be customized, saved, and applied to individual objects. The two basic types of patterns are fill patterns and brush patterns. Brush patterns are intended to be applied to paths, including the stroke of an object. They are used exclusively with pattern brushes. Fill patterns, on the other hand, are designed for use as an object’s fill. Fill patterns are stored in the Swatches palette; you can load them by choosing Window, Swatch Libraries. (The Swatches palette and Swatch Libraries are discussed in Chapter 12, “Understanding and Applying Color.”) Brush patterns are stored in the Brushes palette; you can load them by choosing Window, Brush Libraries. (Brushes and the Brushes palette are discussed in Chapter 6, “Utilizing the Four Types of Brushes.”)

Loosely, a pattern is a piece of artwork that repeats throughout the object into which it is placed (or along a path). This repeating is called tiling, much as a kitchen floor or a bathroom wall is made of individual tiles that repeat a pattern. A pattern is artwork that is available for fills or paths and is stored in the Swatches palette.


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