What could be better than cheese? How about a fresh, cheesy, spicy pizza? So today we’ll learn how to make easily a colorful pattern with pizza slices in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll use mostly the Pen Tool (P), some basic shapes, and the Pattern Tool (Object > Pattern > Make). Also, we’ll work with a bright and minimalist color palette.
Now let’s start!
1. How to Make a Pizza Slice
First, create a New Document (File > New) following these settings:
- Number of Artboards: 1
- Width: 800 px
- Height: 600 px
- Units: Pixels
- Сolor Mode: RGB
Next, make two layers on the Layers panel:
- Pizza Pattern
Then, go to the View panel and turn Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides) on.
With the help of the Pen Tool (P), make a scalene triangle colored in orange (
Add (by using the Pen Tool again) a skewed rectangle and place it as the crust of our pizza slice. Color it in yellow (
Create a bright orange (
#eb7b51) shape and place it behind the crust—it’ll be the shadow on the pizza slice.
Select the orange and the bright orange shape, and choose the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M). With the Alt key pressed, click on the redundant part of the bright orange shape, and it’ll be deleted.
To make a pepperoni slice, create a 17 x 17 px circle (using the Ellipse Tool (L)) and color it in magenta (
#e23c88). Add three small pink (
#f496b9) circles with different sizes on it.
Then make two Copies of the pepperoni slice and place them on the pizza slice.
Let’s add basil leaves.
By using the Ellipse Tool (L), make a 10 x 25 px oval shape colored in purple (
#7057a4). Then choose the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) and click on the top and the bottom anchors.
Make a big random dark purple rectangle by using the Rectangle Tool (M) and place it on the right side of the purple shape. Delete any unnecessary parts by using the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M).
Place two basil leaves on the pizza slice.
2. How to Compose a Pattern
Select all the parts of the pizza slice. Go to Object > Pattern > Make.
In the Pattern Options menu, set the Name: Pizza Pattern and 500 x 500 px size. Then, place as many pizza slices inside the blue lines as you like, but make sure that there are still some empty spaces between them.
Copy a pepperoni slice and place its copies between the pizza slices.
Do the same with the basil leaves.
With the help of the Rectangle Tool (M) and the Ellipse Tool (L), add appetizing drops of melted cheese. But not on each slice.
When you’re satisfied with the result, click Done on the upper menu panel.
Now you can find our pattern in the Swatches panel. Also you may change it anytime. Just click on the small Edit Pattern icon at the bottom of the Swatches panel.
Create an 800 x 600 px solid rectangle and Align it to the Artboard. Click once on the pattern’s thumbnail on the Swatches panel.
Add an 800 x 600 px solid blue (
#2ab6d6) rectangle on the Background layer and Align it to the Artboard.
To change quickly the size of our pattern go to Object > Transform > Scale. Then choose only Scale Pattern and set it to 95%.
Our tasty, fresh-baked pattern is perfectly done! I hope that you enjoyed the process. You can also experiment with the colors, proportion sizes, and ingredients! Please share your results in the comments.
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Author: Olga Davydova
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