Surface design is an industry that has had marketed growth within the past five years. While there are many ways to create patterns, the use of symbols in Adobe Illustrator is one of the easiest for most design students, and creative enthusiasts. Symbols are one of the powerful tools in Illustrator and one of the most overlooked.
Surface Design 101: How to create patterns for surface design using symbols in Adobe Illustrator, is design to help in the process steps of using symbols to create patterns. By the end of this how-to, you will understand the uses of symbols, and how they make surface design easier. You will also know how to create symbols, how to build a basic repeat pattern, and final how to prepare the design for print onto fabric.