My client needs a seamless pattern of 150 meter with each objects are at a size of 25 cm. I mean 25 cm flower in a 150 meter pattern. So approximately 600*600=360000 flowers.Illustrator is just running on fumes when I tried at 1:30 scale. Has anyone faced this kind of project before?

  • How are you getting 600 * 600? I’m guessing you mean it’s 150 flowers per 25 x 25 cm square, not 150 flowers per 25 cm (those would be tiny flowers), but where does 600 * 600 come from? How tall is the whole piece even meant to be? Jul 26, 2018 at 0:07
  • I wanted to say each flowers in the pattern should be 25 cm in size. So for a 15000 cm width and height this repeated pattern would cost me like 600*600 or 600² for filling this pattern by each row and each column. this is approximate estimate. Anyways it will be closer to that number.
    – L.MOE
    Jul 26, 2018 at 0:22
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    The whole thing will be 150 x 150 m = 22,500 m2? That’s enormous, nearly the size of three football (soccer) pitches! You’ll definitely need a seamlessly repeating pattern and then print in tiles for that. Jul 26, 2018 at 7:14
  • do we know if Dynamic Symbols (i.e. Instancing) performs better than a pattern fill? Is it handled the same way under the hood?
    – Yorik
    Jul 26, 2018 at 18:52

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a seamless pattern

So... Make a... (drums here) seamless pattern!

Make a pattern that repeats itself in a way you do not see the seams!

The size of each module depends on the printing method, context, viewing distances, subject, purpose, etc, etc. This is why they are hiring you in the first place, to solve this.

Some examples.

You have an apple pie and you want to make a pattern on the top with a roller cutter. The pattern gets repeated each turn.

You print a wallpaper... an actual wallpaper for an actual wall. The pattern will repeat each roll, let's say 90 cm?

It can be 1 repetition or several. Depends on the roll, depends on the printing method.

  • I made a seamless pattern but its way too heavy for my rig I guess. So many objects in this thing.
    – L.MOE
    Jul 25, 2018 at 23:31
  • @L.MOE If you have a seamless pattern, you only need one repetition. Send the printer the file with one square of seamless pattern, they print enough to fill the 150-meter rig, and the individual parts are attached to the rig. Jul 25, 2018 at 23:54
  • Now I get it . So I can just make one piece with no space left so it can be repeated over and over again?
    – L.MOE
    Jul 26, 2018 at 0:11
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    Depends on the " printing method, context, viewing distances, subject, purpose, etc, etc." You need to ask more details of the project.
    – Rafael
    Jul 26, 2018 at 2:55

There isn't a printer that can print 150m in one run, so find out what the print run size is and render one run at a time.

Also render one flower to print resolution and stitch together in raster not vector.

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