Create a colorful fall themed pattern

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Fall is here! That means – lots and lots of orange color, the smell of pumpkin pies and piles of leaves all around. It’s one of the most inspirational seasons and we can make countless illustrations about it. So why not combine all of the Fall things we like and merge them in a beautiful pattern? Let’s go!

1. Create a new document

Step 1

Create a new document. Set the width to 430pixels and the height to 430pixels. This will be our working area and the size of the unit for the pattern.

2. Create a sketch

If you want to create a complex pattern, you’ll need to create at least 10 objects. The more objects you’ll add; the more complex pattern you’ll get. I did a sketch of few objects related to fall: a Halloween ghost and pumpkin, slice of pumpkin pie, umbrella, pear, latte, mushroom, chestnut, few berries, 3 leaves and 2 small leaves. The berries and the small leaves will be used as gap fillers while the rest of the objects will be the main focus of the pattern. Use a light gray color for drawing the sketch because it makes the tracing process easier.

3. Create a color palette

For this task we’ll need warm, earthy tones. I made a selection 11 colors, containing mostly warm colors such as few shades of orange, pink, beige and brown, but also shades of green. As a dark color I picked #4a4541 and this one we’ll be using as an outline color. Now that we have an idea of the colors we’ll use, we can start tracing the sketch and apply color to the illustrations.

4. Trace the sketch

For the sketch we will use mostly the Pen Tool (P). The beginners might need some time to get used to it but it’s worth the wait because once you master it, you can create amazing vector art.

Step 1

We can start off with the acorn. Select the Pen Tool (P) and select the dark grey color. Use a 3px thick line weight. Start tracing the bigger parts first, such as the head and the cap (2). Then add the face and the stem and delete the sketch (3). Color the acorn brown and the cap pink. Use the colors from the previously defined color palette (4).

Step 2

The umbrella is the second object we’re about to trace. Trace the cover and the handle first (2). Then add the lines on the cover and the rain drops (3). Apply color to all of the elements (4).

Step 3

Moving on to the next object – the mushroom. Just as the previous illustrations, trace the head and cap first (2) and then move on to the smaller parts (3). Color it pink and green (4).

Step 4

The next two objects - the pumpkin and the pear - are quite simple so we’ll follow their process at the same time. First trace the biggest part (2), and then add the facial expression (3). Use orange for the pumpkin and green for the pear.

Step 5

The boot is made of one bigger part (2) and 3 smaller ones (3). Color it in brown shades and don’t forget to use the dark grey as an outline color. Keep the outline weight at 3px for all of the objects.

Step 6

Next is the latte. Draw the cup and the lid first (2), then add the paper holder and the facial elements (3). Color it beige and brown.

Step 7

The leaves are very important because they are the decorative element in this pattern. Trace the leave outline first (2) and then add the stem as a simple line (3). Color them in different shades of orange (4).

Step 8

The berries are also quite simple, consisting of a circle and a shape like part as a calyx. Color them pink. The leave follows the same process as the previous step.

Step 9

The final objects we’re about to trace are the friendly ghost and the tiny leaves. Color the ghost green and the leaves in different shades of orange.

The graphic elements are traced and colored. We are ready and we can start assembling the pattern.

5. Compose the pattern

Step 1

Let’s go back to the artboard. Start placing the bigger objects at the artboard corners. I placed the pie slice, the latter, the mushroom and the pumpkin lantern.

Step 2

Now add some more of the graphic elements. I added the pear, the acorn and 2 leaves.

Step 3

Resume adding the elements – I added the boot, the umbrella and the friendly ghost. Notice how the artboard fills up with nice shapes and colors and looks quite fun. Moving on!

Step 4

Now add the berries and the small leaves. We’re using these small objects as gap fillers so place them anywhere you see an empty space. In order to achieve diversity, multiply and rotate them. Now take a moment to observe the pattern unit and see where else you could add some details.

Step 5

As final details, we can add some colorful circles and some of the star-shaped leaves from the berries. Scatter them randomly over the illustration, everywhere you spot a blank space.

6. Create the pattern

Step 1

We have all the graphic objects ready and we can finally create the pattern. Select all of the objects and go to Window > Pattern Options. The Pattern Options panel will appear. Click on the menu on the right corner and select Make Pattern.

Step 2

You will instantly get a preview of the seamless pattern repetition. Name the pattern "Fall Pattern" and select Brick by Column from the Tile Type menu. This mode will make the pattern to repeat in a zig-zag way and it will make harder for us to see the pattern unit. To exit the Pattern Options mode, click anywhere on the working area.

Step 3

You can test the pattern by creating a large rectangle. You will find the pattern in the Swatches, labeled as Fall Pattern. Click on it and see how it repeats.


Congrats, we are done! We created this pattern on a transparent background, which means you can pick any color you like as a background according to your needs. I suggest orange, black or just leave it white – it works well in all cases. You can use this pattern for making cool stickers, phone background or gift wrapping paper, pick your choice and enjoy the Fall.

Now you can show the world what you have learned.

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