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Honeycomb Texture/Pattern in Illustrator

For this tutorial, we will use some reference “Color Swatches” in different shades of Yellow and Orange.

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”. If the “Rulers” are not enabled, go to View > Rulers > Show Rulers (Command/Control + R) to turn them ON.

2 - Open the “Swatches” file, “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste” (Command/Control + V) them into your original “Document”.

3 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), click inside the “Canvas” and draw a 2 x 2 cm “Square”.

4 - With the “Eyedropper Tool” (E) select one of the shades to use it as “Fill” color for the “Square” you created. Make as many “Copies” (Shift + Alt/Option and drag to side) of the “Square” as colors needed and repeat the “Eyedropper Tool” (E) color selection.

5 - Select the “Polygon Tool” and click inside the “Canvas”. Use a 1 cm “Radius” and keep 6 as “Sides” number.

6 - With the “Polygon” still selected, double-click the “Rotate Tool” (R) and use a 30° “Angle”.

7 - Swap the “Fill” and “Stroke” color if needed (Shift + X) or by clicking on the small curved arrow on the Toolbar .

8 - Move the “Polygon” to the Top-Left corner of the “Document” and make sure that “Smart Guides” (Command/Control + U) and  “Snap to Point” are enabled. Duplicate the “Polygon” by selecting it and pressing the Shift + Alt/Option keys while dragging to the right and placing it right where the original one ends.

9 - Go to Object > Transform > Transform Again (Command/Control + D) to repeat as many times as needed to fill the “Document” horizontally.

10 - Now, Duplicate the “Polygon” again by selecting it and pressing the Shift + Alt/Option keys while dragging to the right and placing it under the first two of the top row. Repeat, using Command/Control + D as many times as needed to fill the “Document” vertically.

11 - Select the new “Rows” and move them horizontally so they match the position of the first two (alternated). You should end up with the entire “Document” covered by the pattern.

12 - Select each of the colored “Squares” and make a note of the color values to use them later. We used #fdd233, #fab217, #f58420, #d43d27 and #6e1411.

13 - Select all the “Polygons” and fill them with a “Gradient”. The default one is White to Black.

14 - Head to the “Gradient Panel”, double-click on the first color and change it to Orange (#d43d27). Duplicate the orange shade holding the Shift + Alt/Option keys while dragging to the right, place it at a 50% “Location” and change the K value (in CMYK) to 30%.

15 - Select the Black and delete it, duplicate the middle shade and place it at the end (100%). Change the color to the darkest shade of the samples (#6e1411). To switch between CMYK and RGB just select them in the small Menu on the top-right corner of the “Gradients Panel”.

16 - Change the gradient from “Linear” to “Radial” and lower the “Aspect Ratio” to 75%.

17 - Change the “Stroke” color to the darkest shade (#6e1411) and the “Weight” to 10 px.

18 - Head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on “Add New Stroke” at the bottom, use the lighter shade of Yellow (#fdd233) and make the “Weight” 3 px. Go to Object > Expand Appearance and then, right-click on top and choose “Ungroup”.

19 - Use the “Selection Tool” (V) to select one of the Yellow stroke polygons and go to Select > Same > Appearance to select all of them. Group them (Command/Control + G) and repeat with the darkest color stoke polygons.

20 - Select everything and head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” Menu at the bottom and navigate to Distort & Transform > Transform, use an “Horizontal Move” of 0.25 cm and a “Vertical Move” of -0.25 cm, click “OK.

21 - Head to the “Appearance Panel” again, click on the “Effects” Menu and navigate to Stylize > Round Corners, use a 0.15 cm “Radius”, click “OK. Go to Object > Expand Appearance.

22 - Select both “Stroke” polygons and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Choose “Color Blend” as “Spacing” and go to Object > Blend > Make.

23 - Or maybe you can change the “Spacing” to “Specified Steps” with a value of 25 and click “OK”.

24 - Check out your Artwork!

by @lornacane

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