I have artwork of a locomotive and a wagon, and I want to create a pattern brush out of it: Locomotive Artwork Wagon Artwork

First, I create a pattern swatch using "Object > Pattern > Make". Then I get a pattern swatch that contains the artwork three times stacked, e.g. like this:

Locomotive Pattern Swatch

Although my pattern settings are correct, and my pattern shows the artwork only once: Illustrator pattern settings

Therefore, the pattern brush created out of these pattern swatches looks ugly as well: Illustrator pattern brush settings

Any Ideas how to get only a single row of locomotives and wagons?


It is not necessary to create a pattern to get a pattern brush.

Create a Pattern Brush dragging the wagon to the Brush Panel

Select the locomotive and pressing Alt drag it to the brush modules, the first on the right


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  • Thanks a lot, it works that way. But do you have an idea why the pattern always showed the artwork three times? – LukeLR Jun 5 '18 at 11:00
  • @LukeLR We are talking about two different things: Pattern and Pattern Brush. A Pattern is used to fill shapes, when you create one there is a panel with options, change those options to get different results. – user120647 Jun 5 '18 at 11:06
  • I thought the settings of my pattern were correct. Especially since the preview exposed only a single occurence of the artwork. But as it works equally well without creating a pattern, I'll use the pattern brush without the pattern :) – LukeLR Jun 5 '18 at 11:09

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