I am trying to "actually" fill a shape with a Pattern in Illustrator.
When I create a shape, then use the
Swatch Libraries >
Basic Graphics >
Basic Graphics_Textures feature, the shape appears to be filled with a Pattern:
But what is actually happening is:
-Illustrator places several seamless pattern "tiles" next to each other (but that are overlapping);
-it then creates a Clipping Mask in the shape of the Object, and hides what is outside its bounds.
This process doesn't work at all for me, as the shape isn't actually "filled" within its bounds, it's an illusion.
I need a way to "actually" fill shapes with a Pattern in Illustrator, without involving messy overlapped lines or Clipping Masks. When using a pen plotter, Clipping Masks are ignored and overlapping lines produce visual defects.
Can Illustrator "actually" fill a shape with a Pattern?
(I am ok with external plugins or third party software, exporting/reimporting - etc - but I would like the result to be as clean as possible and to be what it looks like - a Pattern inside a Shape).