I have a pattern in Illustrator. I have transformed the pattern (scale, rotate, etc.) within an object.

The pattern is only transformed within that object. The parent pattern remains the same.

I want to

  • View the transformations I have made (e.g. 45° rotation, 95% scale)
  • Save transformed pattern as new pattern
  • Update parent pattern to match pattern within object

The ability to do any one of these would answer this question. The third would be similar to redefining a paragraph of character style based on current overrides in Illustrator or InDesign.

  • You can't. At least not that I'm aware of.
    – Scott
    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:22
  • @Scott Yeah that's the news I expected — it just feels so precarious to have pattern fills that you can't recreate (without eyedropper) and that if you double click on the pattern you lose it
    – Unrelated
    Feb 19, 2018 at 1:00

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You can't get the data you are wanting.

However, if you utilize Graphic Styles you can save transformations so they can be reapplied later to other objects.

Graphic Styles are specifically designed to store appearance settings and then reapply them with a single click.

Adobe Help for Graphic Styles

The only aspect you are seeking that is not covered by graphic styles is the "update parent pattern". This might be possible depending up what you are expecting. But if you edit a pattern swatch in AI.. all applications of that pattern swatch change. So combined with graphic styles, it may be possible.

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