Illustrator Diamond Plate Pattern

16 Nov

Illustrator Diamond Plate Pattern

Illustrator Diamond Plate Pattern

Step 1: Create a new Illustrator document 460px wide by 230px high with the color mode set to RGB color.

Step 2: Select the Ellipse Tool (L) and click anywhere on the art-board to bring up the Ellipse Tool dialog.

Step 3: Create an ellipse 5px wide by 25px high and set its color to dark gray (RGB 127, 127, 127). Center the ellipse both horizontally and vertically on the art-board.

Step 1

Step 3

 

Step 4: Once again select the Ellipse Tool (L) and click anywhere on the art-board to bring up the Ellipse Tool dialog.

Step 5: Create a smaller ellipse 7px wide by 7px high that is the same dark gray color. Center the smaller ellipse both horizontally and vertically on the art-board.

Step 5

Step 5

 

Step 6: Add the two ellipses together by Option-clicking the Add to shape area button on the Pathfinder palette.

Step 6

Step 6

 

Step 7: Add a black (RGB 0, 0, 0) stroke with a weight of 0.625pt. Pull up the Appearance palette and move the black stroke behind the dark grey fill color.

Step 7

Step 7

 

Step 8: Create a duplicate copy of the dark gray shape (Command C) and paste it directly in front of the first shape (Command F). Change the fill color of the new shape to light gray (RGB 191, 191, 191) and remove the black stroke.

Step 8

Step 8

 

Step 9: Offset a copy of the new shape to the right.

  • Object > Transform > Move (Shift + Command + M)
  • Horizontal: 0.75px
  • Vertical: 0px
  • Make sure to click Copy instead of OK
Step 9

Step 9

 

Step 10: Subtract the second copy of the light gray shape from the first by Option-clicking the Subtract from shape area button on the Pathfinder palette.

Step 10

Step 10

 

Step 11: Select all of the shapes and group them together (Command G) to make one easy to handle object.

Step 12: Rotate the grouped object 45°.

  • Object > Transform > Rotate
  • Angle: 45°
Step 12

Step 12

 

Step 13: Shift a copy of the newly the rotated object to the right.

  • Object > Transform > Move (Shift + Command + M)
  • Horizontal: 40px
  • Vertical: 0px
  • Make sure to click Copy instead of OK
Step 13

Step 13

 

Step 14: Select both objects and move a copy of the down.

  • Object > Transform > Move (Shift + Command + M)
  • Horizontal: 0px
  • Vertical: 40px
  • Make sure to click Copy instead of OK
Step 14

Step 14

 

Step 15: Select all four objects and move them once more.

  • Object > Transform > Move (Shift + Command + M)
  • Horizontal: 20px
  • Vertical: -20px
  • Make sure to click Copy instead of OK
Step 15

Step 15

 

Step 16: Select all four of the new objects and reflect them vertically.

  • Object > Transform > Reflect
  • Vertical: Selected
Step 16

Step 16

 

Step 17: Finally select all eight object and drag-and-drop them inside of the Swatches palette to create a Swatch Pattern. Once you have the pattern as a swatch you can apply it as a fill or stroke to any shape object inside of Illustrator.

Step 17

Step 17

 

Done… Download sample file(s).

Final Result

Final Result

 

Extra: Since your pattern is now a swatch you can scale it up or down in size to fit any application. You can also play with other shapes (see below) or colors to get different looks.

Alternative Look

Alternative Look

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11 Responses to “Illustrator Diamond Plate Pattern”

  1. web design melbourne January 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    thank you for this tutorial

  2. caddymob January 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    you lost me at step 10 – i cant figure out what to do here…

  3. Paul April 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    good tutorial. worked great. caddy mob, dude, if you havent got it yet, make sure you zoom in and shift select both gray ares and then click subtract.

  4. Kate April 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    This was very helpful, and super quick. Thank you for the informative tutorial! I admire people nice enough to take the time to make these.

  5. JONGCHAN PARK July 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    Great!! Thankx a lot!!

  6. Michelle August 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    I love you man! This was so helpful

  7. Laura February 3, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Can you tell me what font you used for the sample file in this tutorial? Thank you so much! You may have just saved me with my client’s needs here 🙂

  8. Josh February 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    I think it’s some variation of College which you can download at http://www.dafont.com/college.font. Just add a few points of stroke to thicken it up a bit and you should be close. Thanks for stopping by! – Josh

  9. Eye Bridge March 22, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Thank you very much for sharing knowledgeable post. i liked it.

  10. Will May 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I concur with the sentiment of the others. Great tutorial, easy to follow, and right on the money. Saved me a ton of time trying to create from scratch.

    Thank you for taking the time to post.

    Will

  11. Michael June 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    This works great if your not adding a gradient to one of the shapes. I was trying to make a perforated circle steel plate design. Every time I try to merge 2 together and one shape has a gradient it wont let after Ive merged or unite the 2 circles together to make my pattern. It wont allow me to drag and drop it into the pattern swatches. Nor will it allow me to add it to the gradient swatches either yet if I do drag and drop in the color swatch it deletes all the colors and only leaves me with an outline of the outer circle. How would you do a perforated circle pattern?
    Ive seen on another website how they did it. http://www.vectordiary.com/illustrator/create-a-rusty-metal-background-tutorial/
    But most of the steps only work if your using CS6 but some of the steps dont work if your using an older version of Illustrator. Any other suggestions? Thanks

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