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As you begin to make more patterns,
you’ll want to keep them organized,
which is easy to do! The following
features apply across other settings,
such as brushes and custom shapes
(I covered custom shapes in a pre-
vious tutorial), but let’s just take a
quick look at the Patterns panel.
At the bottom of the Patterns
panel, c lic k the Create New Group
icon (folder), name it accordingly, and
c lic k OK. Then, just c lic k-and-drag
any patterns you want into this group.
You can reorder both groups and
patterns in the panel, drag-and-drop
patterns from one group into another,
and even nest groups within groups.
You can also double-c lic k the names
of groups and patterns to rename
them. To see the names of the pat-
terns, click on the flyout menu at the
top right of the panel, and select either
Small or Large List. From the same fly-
out menu, you can also change the size
of the thumbnails or view just a list of
pattern names without any thumbnails.
All these features help us work smarter,
not harder!
By the way, Adobe has created a set
of tools called Textile Designer, which is
currently in beta. It’s a new way of not
only creating patterns for textiles, but it
also has a cool recoloring tool built in.
You can click here for details.

So go ahead, unleash the power of
those little hidden or less-often used
features. Gather some objects, and
start creating your own cool patterns
to use in your artwork! n
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