About This Class

When it comes to creating patterns and pattern collections, I like to be as efficient as possible. Having tools at the ready for this, like Affinity Designer templates, is exactly what I am looking for. I want them to be re-usable, so I am not re-inventing the wheel every time I want to create a pattern. These templates are fantastic because you don’t need multiple artboards. In fact, you don’t need an artboard at all. You will still see your repeat spread across 30” so you can make decisions about placement of your pattern motifs in real-time. And did I mention, you only need one copy of the motif? Never again will you have to use complicated math and duplication to have the motif appear on both sides of the document. This makes it so much more efficient than the old method.

This class, Affinity Designer Efficient Reusable Repeat Pattern Templates, will show you my methods for creating the reflected repeat within a full drop repeat. I will be giving you the full drop template to give the method a test drive. As a template, you will always be able to re-use the original. When you use the “new from template” command, the original file stays untouched and a new template it create for you to work on.

What I love too is that the art we’ll be creating a pattern using saved assets you can make yourself. I show you the process as part of the class. I am gifting you with several you can use, including a texture that you can apply to your motifs using a clipping mask. I want you to see how the combination of the template and pre-made assets can save you so much time. 

In this class I’ll walk you through:

  • working with templates in Affinity Designer on the iPad
  • my step-by-step method for creating your own assets
  • tips for creating compositions with motifs you create from scratch
  • my workflow for use of layers and clipping masks
  • adjusting colors and using functions such as warp
  • methods for keeping the art fully editable for later adjustments and recoloring 
  • taking our individual pattern tile and testing it in the half drop repeat

Have you been wanting to figure out ways to make your pattern design process more streamlined and efficient? With the provided assets and the step-by-step instructions on using the template, you’ll see that this is possible. Once you understand all the ins-and-out of using the templates, you will never look back!

The key concepts I will include:

  • pattern design principles in Affinity Designer on the iPad (transferable to the desktop)
  • a look at compositional strategies to lay out your work in an interesting way
  • approaches you can take for creating a robust asset library

This process has revolutionized my pattern making and has allowed me to double my output. I can produce patterns in so much less time that I believe it has elevated my pattern design skills. I can’t wait to see what you produce! 

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