you ever seen a bee? I’m pretty sure you do. They are small bugs with big butts
flying on top of the flowers in the garden or in some flower pots. They are
always finding a perfect flower to sip food -nectar. Then they will process this
nectar into a honeycomb. That’s where they produce a very healthy and very nutritious
this part I will introduce my journal research about making pattern image
particularly a honeycomb pattern using Adobe illustrator. I found out that Adobe
Illustrator is well known for making vector images that is perfect for printing
in any sizes specially because it is not a resolution base. As for me, I would
love to see my work in a hard copy. So I decided to execute my work in this
all the pattern that is existing in this world, I chose honeycomb pattern for
my research. The reason behind this is because this pattern is not so popular
but it is quite easy to do if only we follow the steps. This pattern also
contains a combination of different effects, shapes and shades of colors.
pattern will help us to know and practice some effects of this program. And also it will help us grow our creativity
and skills through analyzing and executing your work at the same time. So let’s
How to make a honeycomb
pattern using Adobe Illustrator.
In this journal, I am using Adobe Illustrator C6 (64
bit). Thru this discussion, I include some shortcut keys after the tools to be
used to make it easier. Then I chose to use hex code for the colors so that it
will be easily to achieve.
1. Using a polygon tool chose
hexagon shape (6 sides’ polygon) to make a hexagon base for your whole pattern.
2. Using selection tool (v),
select the hexagon base. Fill with dark yellow mustard or #936814 hex codes.
You can adjust the hex code if you wanted to. 1. 3. Create a border behind the first hexagon by
using Offset. First click the object then path and then click the offset. After
clicking the offset a dialog box will appear. Set the offset 1pt (remember:
your offset must be bigger than your base hexagon), joins to Miter and Miter
limit to 4x. 1. 4. Apply a linear gradient to the offset hexagon
with gradient tool. Make seven shades. Apply the following hex code in order. From right to left. #FFB32D, #FFCC66, #FEE48A, #FDBC3E, #FEE48A,
#FFCC66 and #FFB32D.
2. 1 Using ellipse tool (L) draw a circle
covering the lower half of the base and offset hexagon. Apply linear gradient
to it with gradient tool. Set the color #FFD652 on both gradient color slides
then set the opacity to 100% and 0% with a 90° angled.
2. Using selection tool (v), select the base hexagon and the circle. Apply shape
builder tool (shift + M). Click the unwanted excess of the circle. Deselect and
2. 3. Copy (ctrl + c) and paste (ctrl + v) the
base hexagon and change the fill to null and set the stroke color to #FF6633
with a weight 0. 25 line.
2. 4. Using selection tool (v), select the offset
hexagon and apply offset by 1px. Set the fill color to #FFEA90.
5. Repeat step 2. 1. with two over lapping circles then using pathfinder, add
the two circles. Repeat step 2. 2. Apply linear gradient and set the hex code
to #643513 then set the opacity to 100% and 0% with -90°angled.
2. 6. Apply offset to the base hexagon. Offset
1pt with Miter limit of -4x and apply linear gradient to #E0CB66, opacity to
100% and 0%. Add stroke. Stoke weight 0. 5pt stroke color #643513.
2. 7. Using rectangle tool (m) draw shapes on
the bottom edges of the base hexagon. Then use direct selection tool (a) to
angle the edges of the shapes. Apply hex colo #E0CB66.
8. Highlight the whole image then group (Ctrl + G)
3. Create Pattern
Click the honeycomb image group. Make sure that it is in the center of the
document. Then make pattern in the pattern option panel in windows. On the tile
type, select Hex by column