Create a Memphis style pattern with 3D offset look in Adobe Illustrator

Starting this week with a theme : Memphis style patterns. Today let us create a pattern in which the elements of the Memphis style design have a 3D offset look. Watch the video below for quick reference.

  1. Creating the main background:
    • Create a new document of size 500px by 500px.
    • Create a square (using Rectangle tool – shortcut M) with width and height 500px.
    • Align it to the center using the Align panel.
    • Change its fill color.
    • Lock it from Object > Lock > Selection (shortcut is Cmd 2 (in Mac) / Ctrl 2 (in Windows)).
  2. Creating the line pattern (to be used inside the main pattern):
    • Create a line using the Line tool of length 100px.
    • Change its stroke color and set stroke weight to 3px.
    • Click on Object > Pattern > Make.
    • In Pattern settings, change height to 10px and click on Done. Now pattern is ready and can be seen in the Swatches panel.
    • Delete the line.
  3. Creating the elements:
    • Creating the base elements:
      • Create a rectangle of width 180px and height 100px. Change its stroke color.
      • Create a circle using the Ellipse tool with width and height as 100px.
      • Create a triangle using the Polygon tool with settings – radius 50px and sides 3.
      • Create another copy of the triangle and the circle (Click and drag holding Opt (in Mac) / Alt (in Windows)).
    • Creating the 3D offset:
      • Select the rectangle.
      • Copy it (Edit > Copy or Cmd C (in Mac) / Ctrl C (in Windows)).
      • Paste in back (Edit > Paste in back or Cmd B (in Mac) / Ctrl B (in Windows)).
      • Now move it slightly (Shift + Right arrow key and Shift + Down arrow key twice).
      • Set stroke to none, Fill with the line pattern.
      • Right click > Transform > Rotate.
      • Rotate options: Angle 23°, only Transform Patterns is chosen.
      • Click on Object > Expand (Do this twice).
      • Click on Pathfinder > Trim.
      • Group the rectangle and its 3D offset (Object > Group or Cmd G (in Mac) / Ctrl G (in Windows).
      • Now follow the same steps for one triangle and one circle.
      • For the other triangle and circle, copy, paste and move them.
      • Then just change their fill color and set stroke to none.
    • Creating the zigzag element:
      • Create a line using the Line tool of length 100px.
      • Change its stroke color and set stroke weight to 3px.
      • Effect > Distort and Transform > Zigzag
      • Zigzag options: Size 10px, Ridges 4.
      • Object > Expand Appearance.
  4. Creating the main pattern:
    • Arrange some elements overlapping the top and the left edges of the main background.
    • Then select those on the left side.
    • Right click > Transform > Move.
    • Move Settings: Horizontal 500, Vertical 0, Click on Copy.
    • Then select those on the top side.
    • Right click > Transform > Move.
    • Move Settings: Horizontal 0, Vertical 500, Click on Copy.
    • Arrange other elements or copy some elements in the middle part.
    • Unlock the rectangle (Object > Unlock All).
    • Create another square of size 500px by 500px as background and align it to the center.
    • Make sure its fill and stroke is set to none.
    • Click on Object > Arrange > Send to back.
    • Click and drag all contents of the artboard to the Swatches panel.
  5. Test the pattern:
    • Create a rectangle of random size and apply the pattern swatch and check.

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