Adobe Illustrator CC

Clear Filters

I’ve been exploring different ways to create random toss patterns with a seamless repeat in Adobe Illustrator. I tried a bunch of methods before happily stumbling upon Astute Graphics and the Space Fill plugin. It can’t create a repeat all on its own, but it does most of the heavy lifting and is a brilliant time saver.

I’ve been using Illustrator to create some textures. This involves applying live effects and blending modes – things that employ transparency. When you export to an image format, the effect’s transparency needs to ‘flattened’. This is where I ran into a color issue that took 2 days to figure out. Turns out my problem relates to how Illustrator defines a pixel and what happens to a live effect when its flattened. Here’s what I learned 🙂