How to create a paisley seamless vector pattern

Inspired from Indian culture and brought back in the 1960s, the paisley prints still give a glamorous feel to textile prints. The crooked tear drop or half of a yin-yang seamless pattern is present on women skirts and handbags, men silk neckties, bandannas and not only. As a tribute to the 1960’s we’ve recently introduced a Paisley Seamless Vector Pack on our main website and we’ll also take you trough the process of making a vector paisley seamless pattern using Adobe Illustrator CS3 for PC. You can download the vector file at the end of the tutorial.

1. Create the paisley shape with the pen tool

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2. Create an ellipse scatter brush and then apply it to the paisley shape. Feel free to change the size and spacing as you wish.

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3. Expand the brush(Object>Expand), ungroup it from the paisley shape and then send it to back(SHIFT+CTRL+D.

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4. Create another paisley shape inside the initial one and then apply again, the ellipse scatter brush.

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5. Repeat Step 4 and change only the size.

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6. Create an ellipse and using copy/paste in front (Ctrl+c/Cctrl+f), create another one and so on. You could also use blend tool if you want.

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7. Create a hexagon inside the tiniest ellipse.

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8. Add the Pucker & Bloat effect( Effect>Distort& Transform>Pucker & Bloat)

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9. Create more flowers and fill the rest of the shape with them(use different colors to create contrast)

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10. Create a square and align it to your artwork, which should be 600×600 pt.

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11. Take the paisley shape and randomly put it on the Y ax. You will see that the y=630 pt.

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Ctrl+c/Ctrl+f and shift till you get to the bottom of your artwork. This shape will have the coordinate y=30 pt.

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13. Do the same thing as in Step 11 & 12 , but on the X ax. The first shape has x=-30

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14.  The second x= 570. The summary of the two coordinates must always be 600pt. (ex. 630-30=600 pt, 570-(-30)=600pt )

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15. Fill the rest of the square with different colored paisley shapes.

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16. Duplicate the light green square, bring it to front and change the fill with the stroke.

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17. Select all the shapes and the stroke (do not select the square) and apply the Crop Filter from the Pathfinder Panel (CTR+SHIFT+F9).

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18. Ctrl+A and Clean Up

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19. Verify your pattern by duplicating it.

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20. Make sure you save it at 600 x 600 pt. ENJOY!

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FINAL IMAGE

paisley

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34 Comments How to create a paisley seamless vector pattern

  1. muti Jul 29, 2010 at 01:52

    wow, this is so amazing man!it inspires me! thank you. wow! :)

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  2. Fatemeh Sep 23, 2010 at 21:59

    how did you get your paisley shape to come out so well. mine looks terrible and my boss wants a paisley logo.

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  3. Ali Dec 31, 2010 at 04:13

    nice curl design

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  4. makenoie Oct 21, 2011 at 10:02

    so nice !!
    how to download T.T

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