Any way to fill these shapes with a pattern somehow, and avoid that duplicated line system which looks like a total mess in the keyline view below? Any cleaner way to fill shapes with a pattern like this?
Ideally looking for a solution that works with both rectangular and circular shapes as seen below.
You can create a Pattern Swatch and use that pattern as a fill. I would start with what you have already, with two specific notes:
- Make a perfect square as your background.
- Space the diagonal lines so that they divide the square evenly. (I used a 2 inch square and 1/4 inch spaced lines)
Then create a clipping mask the same size as your background
At this point you can drag the whole clipping group into the Swatches Panel.
When you assign this swatch as a fill to your desired object, double-click on the swatch to edit the options. Select the “Size Tile to Art” option and you’re done.