What's a simple way to make a perfect multi-colored tile grid in illustrator?
I Googled "illustrator repeat shape" and none of the results gave a clear answer from what I could tell.
I want to make a simple multicolored grid something like this, without duplicating and dragging the squares manually:
The colors dont matter, I can manage that, and 8x8 as shown above would be perfect. How can I do this in illustrator?
Note: I know I could manage this manually by creating a square shape, duplicating, dragging, repeat, but I'm interested to know if there's an automated method of doing this - I see such patterns all over the place and I assume illustrator would be the tool to make them without manual iteration.
Is there some kind of feature for repeating shapes a number of times over the x and y axis, for example?
One quick way of doing it is to use the Rectangular Grid Tool + Live Paint Bucket:
Then you just use the Live Paint Bucket and add the different colors to the different squares:
And finally don't forget to remove the border color. Like I did. It took me just a few seconds to draw the grid and start painting, it should take just a few minutes in total if you have a color palette ready.
You could make use of the repeat-last-action facility (Mac: Cmd-D, Windows: Ctrl-D).
For example, create one box, then alt-drag the box so it duplicates it and snaps next to it (use Smart Guides to help - View > Smart Guides). Then press Cmd-D multiple times to create a trail of boxes.
Then select all of the boxes, alt-drag them to create a second row of boxes snapping to the first. Then press Cmd-D multiple times to create your grid!
Hope this makes sense