20 Fantastic Pattern Tutorials for Designers [Illustrator + Photoshop]


Even though we notice a trend towards minimalism, when it comes to graphic and web design, patterns and textures are still widely used and can really help designers create amazing creative works.

Having a decent collection of background patterns is an incredible resource for graphic designers. Also, when needed, designers should also know how to create unique patterns themselves and with the help of pattern tutorials anyone can learn how to create their own awesome patterns in no time!

When it comes to finding the right pattern or texture for a project you’re working on, you can easily spend hours searching for the perfect one. Wouldn’t it be easier to just make it yourself, from scratch?!

There are lots of pattern tutorials you can follow in order to learn how to make patterns yourself, but we decided to narrow it down to these 20 fantastic pattern tutorials, gathered here in this list.

Hopefully, our collection of pattern tutorials will help you boost your Photoshop and Illustrator designing skills. The best part about these tutorials is that you can free your imagination and personalize each pattern as you desire. From nature-inspired patterns to more abstract-themed ones, you have it all!

Just pick one and start creating whatever pattern you like. Don’t forget to let us know, in the comment section below, which pattern tutorial from this list was your favorite! Enjoy!

Create a Summer Underwater Seamless Pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

You can enhance your Adobe Illustrator skills by creating an amazing Summer-inspired pattern. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an underwater-themed seamless pattern that features some cute marine animals.


Quick Tip: How to Create a Quick and Easy Diagonal Pattern

Generally speaking, designing diagonal patterns can take a lot of time, but with the help of this tutorial, you’ll be able to do it quickly. Creating seamless patterns may be difficult, but there is an easy tip you can apply.


Adobe Illustrator & InDesign tutorial: Design a geometric pattern for a poster

This awesome tutorial shows how to create a seemingly complicated poster via some terrific tricks in Illustrator and InDesign. The final result is incredible.


Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Create quirky repeating patterns

This tutorial is long, but the amazing result makes it time-worthy. The techniques you will see in this particular tutorial can be applied to a wide range of other images to create patterns for textiles, T-shirt prints or anything else you desire.


Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Use Illustrator’s Live Trace to create a vector pattern illustration

This incredible tutorial uses the method of tracing photos to design a stunning pattern. Designer Johann Chan created an editorial illustration based around the theme of international Internet commerce.


Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Master Illustrator CS6’s new Pattern tool

In this easy tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the Photoshop CS6 Pattern Tool to make repeating elements inside vector scenes. Illustrator Alex Mathers shows the work process behind many of his vector landscapes.


Create a Sweet Honeycomb Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

This outstanding honeycomb pattern looks so realistic! With the help of this tutorial, you can try to create a honeycomb pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

7 Sweet Honeycomb Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Abstract Geometric Background with AI & PS

You can create this nice abstract geometric background with the help of this tutorial. It is designed with a simple tessellating shape that alternates through a warm color scheme. This abstract pattern design looks incredible when applied as a background to many digital and print works.


How To Create an Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Design

In this tutorial, you’ll find out how to create an amazing geometric gradient pattern in Illustrator and Photoshop. If you watch this step by step guide, you will be able to create your own abstract gradient pattern art.

9 Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Design

Create a Colorful Geometric Pattern in Photoshop

This is another stunning geometric pattern from our collection.  In this tutorial, you will see a quick way to create colorful and elaborate-looking geometric patterns in Photoshop.

10 Create a Colorful Geometric Pattern in Photoshop

How to Create a Bright Geometric Circle Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

This easy tutorial will show you how to design a geometric circle pattern in Illustrator. After finishing this geometric circle pattern you can continue what you’ve done by having fun with various color themes, or start a fresh one.

11 Bright Geometric Circle Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Spring Floral Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial goes step by step through the technique of creating adorable spring floral pattern. At the end of this tutorial, you can apply these steps to create any seamless patterns.


Create a Gentle Flat Oriental Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Asian culture inspires the designs created with this tutorial. Various objects, belonging to the Chinese culture, will be designed by combining basic shapes into precise compositions, creating a seamless pattern.


Repeating Patterns Made Easy in Inkscape

This tutorial uses a tool called Create Tile Clones to create simple, repeated patterns. This tool has a very useful menu with lots of options for creating various patterns.

14 Bright Geometric Circle Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create an Easy Geometric Aztec Pattern in Inkscape

This Aztec pattern is a complex one, but it’s easy to create with the help of this tutorial. You will learn to design this kind of pattern in Inkscape using the tools Grids and Pen Tool.

15 How to Create an Easy Geometric Aztec Pattern in Inkscape

How to Create a Blended Hexagonal Print Design in Adobe Illustrator

From this tutorial, you will learn how to create a blended hexagon print design. In the end, you will find out that by layering shapes, blends, and gradients you can make endless abstract geometric patterns.

16 Blended Hexagonal Print Design in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Seamless Coffee Bean Pattern in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will see how to create a simple coffee bean design. Also, you can learn to modify color, size, and orientation in order to create an enjoyable repeated pattern.


 How to Create Subtle Patterns for Web Projects in Adobe Illustrator CS6

This tutorial uses Adobe Illustrator CS6’s Pattern Options to create a collection of quick and uncomplicated textured patterns. These patterns are great for backgrounds, interfaces, icons and much more.

18 Subtle Patterns for Web Projects in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Create an Upholstery Pattern in Five Minutes!

This tutorial utilizes the Gradient Mesh tool and the Transform effect to create an upholstery pattern. In just five minutes you’ll learn how to design the perfect pattern for your web design.


Create a Metal Grille using the Transform Effect

This amazing tutorial shows how to utilize Adobe Illustrator’s Transform effect to create a metal grille. All you have to do is add some highlighting and gradients and you’ve created yourself a metallic industrial background.


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