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 mostlythePen Tool (P), somebasic shapes, and thePattern Tool (Object > Pattern > Make). Also, we’ll work with a bright and minimalist color palette.
How to Make a Colorful Pizza Pattern in Adobe Illustrator
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 theView panel and turn Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides) on.
Withthe help of thePen Tool (P), make ascalene triangle colored in orange (
Add(by using the Pen Tool again) askewed rectangle and place it as the crust of our pizza slice. Color it in yellow (
Createa bright orange (
#eb7b51) shape and place it behind the crust—it’ll be the shadow onthe pizza slice.
Selectthe 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 theEllipse Tool (L)) and color it in magenta (
#e23c88). Add three small pink (
#f496b9) circles with different sizeson it.
Thenmake two Copies of the pepperoni slice and place them on the pizza slice.
Let’sadd basil leaves.
Byusing the Ellipse Tool (L), make a 10 x 25 px oval shape colored in purple (
#7057a4). Then choose theAnchor Point Tool (Shift-C) and click on the top and the bottom anchors.
Makea big random dark purple rectangle by using theRectangle Tool (M) and place it on the right side of the purple shape. Delete any unnecessary parts by using theShape Builder Tool (Shift-M).
Placetwo 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.
Inthe Pattern Options menu, set theName: Pizza Pattern and 500 x 500 px size. Then, place as many pizza slices inside the blue lines as you like, but make surethat 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.
Withthe help of the Rectangle Tool (M) and the Ellipse Tool (L), addappetizingdrops of meltedcheese. But not on each slice.
Whenyou’resatisfied 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 an800 x 600 px solid rectangle and Align it to the Artboard. Click once on the pattern’s thumbnail on the Swatches panel.
Add an800 x 600 px solid blue (
#2ab6d6) rectangle on the Background layer and Align it to the Artboard.
To changequicklythe size of our pattern go to Object > Transform > Scale.Then choose onlyScale Patternand set it to 95%.
Our tasty, fresh-baked pattern is perfectly done! I hope that youenjoyed the process. You can also experiment with the colors, proportion sizes, and ingredients! Please share your results in the comments.