Layers are accessible through the Layers panel (WINDOW > LAYERS). To select a layer click on the dot in the right end of the layer description (Figure 1.1). The layer must be unlocked and turned on, in order to be selected.
Each pattern is defined by the following layers:
1. Layers named “pattern tile”: The editable structure of the pattern. Such layer is available for each color scheme of the pattern and its contour version (Figure 1.2). Inside is a clip group with a clipping mask applied, containing the structural parts of the pattern tile as follows:
For more info about how a clipping mask works, see this tutorial.
2. Layers named “patterned figure”: Each contains a rectangle with the pattern applied as a fill, to see it tiling. There is one such layer for each color scheme and the contoured pattern. (Figure 1.3)
3. “Guides” layer: The guiding lines used for the pattern tile's geometry and for determining the width and length of the "patterned figure" rectangles. (Figure 1.4)
The artboards in Illustrator are accessible through WINDOW > ARTBOARDS.
Each Illustrator file in our seamless patterns collections comes with artboards for each pattern tile, as well as for each "patterned figure" layer. (Figure 1.5)
The artboard defines the boundary of your work when printing or exporting it to other file formats. So fitting the artboard to your artwork is essential. To do that:
Your artboard now matches the boundaries of the art you selected (Figure 2.2). Your artwork will be printed or exported with no cropping or excess area around it.
Ready-to-use pattern swatches (Figure 3.1) and their corresponding color palettes (Figure 3.2) are accessible through the Swatches panel (WINDOW > SWATCHES).
Each of our patterns comes with at least 2 pattern swatches:
All color swatches are global. Changing them in the palette will change them throughout the file (and in the already existing pattern swatch).