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Illustrator: how to scale pattern when already applied to object

One way is to use the Scale window from Object > Transform > Scale but with only Transform Patterns ticked. If it seems to not work, make sure the selection isn't grouped. To apply this to ...
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How to repeat automatically seamless pattern in Photoshop?

Well you can actually make it a pattern in Photoshop. With the tile open, select all and choose Edit > Define Pattern. Then it's a pattern just like all the other built in Photoshop patterns. If ...
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Generate colorful streamline pattern (using FOSS)

This is for GIMP Start with something like an A5 canvas size Create a new brush like this Create a new Paint Dynamic preset, and set the matrix as follows Increase the size of the brush as you like,...
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How can I create a tiling hexagon tesselation (for SVG/Web)?

With a bit of boolean operation trickery this is a pretty easy process. Just take a set of the hexagons you have there, create a rectangle that matches the orange one I've got in the image above (...
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How did Escher make his tesselations?

With a pattern. In this case a 3 axis grid (triangular). Once you know what to draw on each piece, you need to repeat this. You can have and use sub-patterns or smaller ones to be more exact. These ...
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How do I create this circle pattern in illustrator?

Select the overlapping shapes and use Divide in the Pathfinder palette to chop the shapes into pieces: That will look something like this: Then select the appropriate pieces and use Unite in the ...
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Create dotted circles in Illustrator

You could script something to generate these but it's easy enough with a couple of circles, depending on the level of control and precision you need. This is just a bunch of concentric circles with a ...
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

Use the Polar Grid Tool. This is what it's for. Tap the ↑ arrow on the keyboard while dragging to add rings. Tap the ↓ arrow while dragging to remove rings. Tap → or ← arrows to ...
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How do I create this circle pattern in illustrator?

You can't really have solid shapes like that overlapping above and below different parts of the same shape. What I normally do is simply duplicate the shape. You then have one for the "behind" parts ...
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What tools would Monks use when DESIGNING a large illuminated letter or pattern?

(BTW - nuns also made illuminated manuscripts...) Very interesting question. I have studied old manuscripts for years, and there are a few things to keep in mind; either as explanations or as ...
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Illustrator: how to fill shapes with a 45 degree line pattern?

Use a pattern... There are a bunch of line patterns loaded with Illustrator by default (Open Swatch Library → Patterns → Basic Graphics → Basic Graphics Lines). You can use them as a ...
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Generate colorful streamline pattern (using FOSS)

Here' my approach for Gimp: Used an interesting photo with colours I liked Source: Wikimedia - New York Times Square Chose a region of interest from this photo Increased saturation, contrast, and (...
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Does anyone know how to create this kind of pattern design in Illustrator or Photoshop?

To create such organic looking shapes, it's IMO best to use some randomness as a starting point for your design. Thankfully some design tools (e.g. Photoshop) come with a handy "Clouds" ...
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Vectors perpendicular to a Bezier curve path

Do not use preset arrows. You have no control on them when it's needed - like just now. Preset arrows are internally tricky structures, an own arrow is simpler. Here's my arrow and a black test curve....
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Does anyone know how to create this kind of pattern design in Illustrator or Photoshop?

If you follow your own link and scroll a bit down, it's explained and exemplified how the patterns were made. It seems that the patterns are in fact closeup photographs of Poison dart frogs. So you ...
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How can I create a pattern of parallel lines that are increasing in distance in Photoshop / Illustrator?

Use Blend and Clipping Masks! Make a text by text tool and write anything! Press P to select pen tool and draw simple line (you can use line tool too). Remove Fill and Give Stroke to the line eg. 4px....
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

As you have already selected the correct answer, this is for anyone who want to know the exact steps. Create your smallest circle using the ellipse tool, then create your biggest circle around it (...
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How can I replicate this pattern in Illustrator?

It is not that hard. And here is how you can make it: 1. Create a desired size rectangle, add a line across it and align them properly to center. Then copy-rotate the line by 10 degrees (or 6, 360 ...
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Random pattern generation in Illustrator

I started with creating a circle (50pt diameter) and using a few lines and the Shape Builder Tool, I broke it into 4 equal pieces: Then used Transform effects (Effect → Distort & Transform → ...
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Simple patterns fill in Gimp

The way to go there is to create the patterns yourself - and have GIMP load them as the existing patterns that can be dragged to an active selection or used with the Bucket fill or Clone tools. Of ...
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How to tint or alter the colour of a pattern in Inkscape?

You can create your own colorful pattern, but you can also simply change the color of the built-in patterns for your file. For example, starting from a simple shape filled with a built-in pattern: ...
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

Create the largest one. Then create the smallest one via Edit > Copy (Ctrl/Option+C) -> Edit > Paste in front (Ctrl/Option+F) -> scale down. Then select both objects, go to Object -> Blend ...
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Make image vertically seamless?

Open image in Photoshop Go to Filters > Other > Offset Adjust vertical offset so that the image seam is in the middle of the image Use the liquify tool to seamlessly connect the ribbons together ...
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Structured pattern, random elements in Illustrator

In the end I couldn't find a mechanism to automatically distribute and repeat a pattern, but this article on The Noun Project's blog did give a really good runthrough of how to do it; manually, but ...
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What's the name of this background design pattern?

It is called a Voronoi (cell/noise) pattern. See: Wikipedia Photoshop has a Voronoi pattern filter: its called crystallize Image 1: A Voronoi pattern, usinhg Photoshop crystallize. Its often a good ...
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How to create a repeating texture?

Creating a seamless repeating pattern is relatively easy. The easiest way to show you the concept is with a quick example. I am using Photoshop—but the concept is what is important. It is best to ...
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How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape?

I assume you built a pattern and applied it to an object. To move a pattern inside an object, select the object using the Selection Tool (V). Hold Down the grave accent (backtick) key `, and click ...
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