Geometric Repeat Patterns with Illustrator

Get to grips with specialised techniques for creating geometric repeat patterns within Adobe Illustrator.

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On this focused one-day session, students will discover and get to grips with specialised techniques for creating geometric repeat patterns within Adobe Illustrator.

What will I learn?

The course covers the following topics:

  • Techniques used for creating geometric patterns, block and half drop repeats.
  • Creating ‘grids’ as starting points and structure for geometric designs.
  • Using the Pattern tool and Effects Transform tools.
  • Create sophisticated colourways using the Recolour tool.

This course is intermediate level and requires knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. The content is suitable for people working in the textiles sector, students, tutors or anyone interested in improving their computer design skills and learning repeat pattern techniques in Illustrator.

What will I need?

  • Please set up a file storage account with Dropbox on which to save your work or bring your login details if you already have one. For security reasons, USB sticks and external devices cannot connect with our computer network and will not work.
  • You will need an Adobe ID. Please set this up before the course starts at and select ‘Get an Adobe ID’. Make a note of your ID and password and bring them with you. If you already have an Adobe ID, please check your ID still works. You do not need to subscribe to the software as it is free to use when studying at the Museum.
  • Please bring a notebook and pen.

Our short courses are a great value way to learn essential design software. This course is taught in the Museum’s IT suite using the latest Adobe Creative Suite software on newly installed PCs and 24” 4K Ultra HD monitors. Led by our team of highly experienced tutors, tuition is in small groups with a focus on your particular learning requirements. The Fashion and Textile Museum is part of Newham College London.

Numbers are limited for this digital design course so book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please get in touch.

About the tutor

David Wright has worked for the Fashion and Textile Museum for over ten years. He uses creative software such as Illustrator and Photoshop for the design of repeat patterns for textiles and other products. David is particularly keen on using Illustrator for the design of geometric patterns and has created several techniques that can quickly build complex geometric designs.


The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please do not visit.

Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your course. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your course.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your course. If the registration time for your course is before 11 am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number. For any subsequent sessions, please give your name at the front desk on arrival.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your session, check out what’s on offer.

Please note that you are welcome to view the current exhibition when studying at the museum, but be aware that the exhibition space is closed on Mondays.

For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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