I want to use some seamless patterns from freepik to use as backgrounds but I'm absolutely lost as to how to use the files they provide. The artwork in the AI/EPS files don't actually tile properly as-is, so taking the asset and turning it into a pattern does not result in a seamless image.

I'm looking at this one specifically, but I've had this same issue with other freepik patterns. https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/flat-design-valentines-day-pattern-collection_11716525.htm

I'm honestly new to doing anything with AI and vectors in general so while I've looked at plenty of tutorials on how to make patterns in the program and I have gotten that to work, that doesn't help in this specific situation since the artwork is already made.

I can just take the artwork and manually copy/paste it over and over to match it up and turn it into a background, but I want to be able to actually use these as patterns later in Photoshop. What should I be doing with what the site is providing?

I feel like I may be missing something obvious so I apologize if that's the case, as well as my lack of usage of technical terms.

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    Look in the Swatches Panel there are actual pattern swatches there. AI pattern help
    – Scott
    Jun 13, 2021 at 0:31
  • I had tried this and thought it hadn't worked but now I see what was confusing me - the pattern swatches don't include the background color that the pattern on the image does, just the pattern objects. How do I get it to bring the bg color with it?
    – Kaliusal
    Jun 13, 2021 at 1:12

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If you look at the Swatches Panel (Window > Swatches) you'll see actual pattern swatches.

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Simply draw a shape and fill it with one of these Pattern Swatches.

If you want to also have a background color....

Add a new fill via the Appearance Panel (Window > Appearance) and move it below the pattern fill.

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  • Thank you VERY much! For some reason I was having trouble finding this explained in simple terms anywhere.
    – Kaliusal
    Jun 13, 2021 at 1:28

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