Patterns are constantly around us, especially in games, when it comes to polygons and codes to make the games the high quality that they are today. In this task I was asked to develop a range of different patterns using different tools and shapes. I did not use Photoshop for this task, instead I used Illustrator because it is much easier to form/ create patterns and shapes.
Just like when I was using shapes to create my own individual font, I added a grid and made sure that the shapes that I created would snap to that grid- this then making it easier to work with the different shapes I was going to use. For my first pattern I wanted to create something colourful so then I could see the flow of the different colours in the pattern. As the task sheet said to do, I did work with basic shapes first, so I decided to use right angle triangles because it is very easy to make a pattern with them. I put the triangles in a straight line and made them vary in colour, after this, I would then copy and paste the line and flip it around, making the colours go in the opposite direction. I repeated this process until I ended up with a shape that was easy to handle. Once I did this, I clicked the tab Window> Pattern Options and a small box would show up, where I would have to click New Pattern. This would then duplicate the pattern I originally created and I could alter it to my liking, I made the pattern sit like a grid so then all the coloured lines align with one another. When I was pleased with my pattern I would like ‘Done’ and my pattern would then save to the ‘Swatches’ tab and I could colour fill shapes using my pattern, which I did. Circles seemed appropriate due to already using triangles. Additionally I removed the outlines from all the triangles to give my pattern more of a ‘modern’ look.
After I had gotten used to this process I repeated it, creating other different/ unique patterns and experimenting how they look with different shapes. I honestly admit to finding the ‘honeycomb’ pattern difficult because I didn’t use the grid, and I had to change the width and height separating each pattern individually in the ‘Pattern Options’. I did enjoy this task because even though I was limited to the shapes I was using, I feel as if I created unique patterns, out of all the patterns I prefer the first one I made because I believe it fills/ defines the shape below the pattern more than the others.