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To create dynamic vector repeating and non-repeating backgrounds, we will be using the Appearance panel, and the Phantasm CS plugin for Adobe Illustrator. There will also be additional help from VectorScribe Studio. Let’s take a closer look at how this can be done.
Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with a gray fill.
Open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) and, keeping the object selected, add new fill, by clicking on the appropriate button at the bottom part of the panel.
Create an element that the background will consist of. To create its shape I will be using the Dynamic Shapes Tool (VectorScribe Studio plugin), which will give us more freedom in future stages. Select the Dynamic Circle in the Dynamic Shapes panel and create a circle with the help of the Dynamic Shapes Tool. Fill this circle with radial gradient that contains black and two shades of gray color.
Place the circle on the gray rectangle that was created in the first step. In this case, you will be able to choose the right colors.
Add a new light gray fill to the circle, select this fill in the Appearance panel and go to Effect > Transform & Distort > Transform … and set the parameters indicated in the picture below.
Save the created object as a new symbol in the Symbols panel.
Delete the circle from the current document as we no longer need it.
You can read full version this vector tutorial on: Astute Graphics
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