Add Texture In Illustrator | How To Add & Create Texture In Illustrator (plus Tips)

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How To Add & Create Texture In Illustrator (plus Tips)

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And the determination of the City of West Berlin. What I’d like to do is show you how to apply textures in Illustrator, but also show you a couple things that other tutorials don’t show you so first off in the description below. I’ve got a couple links there of where you can find cool free textures. I’m gonna be using the one from Red Peg. So once you download it, open it in Illustrator, and you’ll see a bunch of these textures. Hopefully they’ll be grouped. The other textures are from spoon graphics. Who also makes it super dope stuff so I’m gonna start with? Maybe this texture right here. Just Ctrl C to copy it coming to your artwork here and press control V and we’ll just make it big, so we can see it, alright? The last thing you want to do is just put it on top of your artwork and then say, hey, that’s textured. The problem with this is a couple things. If your background isn’t white, then you’ll be able to see the see the dots outside the artwork, and I won’t really take out anything from the artwork. So make sure that you don’t do that because there’s a very simple thing to do, which is copy this control C. And now what we want is to make sure that all of our art is one group, so we’ll select all of it. We have the kitty and the font selected and we’ll go ctrl + G. Now it is a group now. What we want to do is go to the transparency window and how you get That is the windows transparency. Bada boom Bada Bing Bong! Ah, shift! I don’t know ctrl f10 I would never press that anyways. Make sure that your transparency window is open and now we are going to, there’s already. A mask made. So yours will look like this and hit make mask baller shot caller. Now we can’t see anything now. What happened no, don’t worry. Just press the clip, make sure that’s unchecked and then hit invert mask. That’s what we want, so the Box on the left means that you’re outside the artwork. You can move this artwork and you can move all this stuff around, but if you click the Box on the right, that means that you’re inside of this artwork, If I try to move this other stuff, I can’t so right now. I’m inside of this. What I want to do is press ctrl-v, so I can paste in the the texture that I just had. Let’s make it a little bit bigger and let’s rotate it, so it’s the same orientation as our soon to be leaving cat, and then just click there and you can see that it’s taking stuff out. Now, if we want to move the artwork, for example, we’ll hit the artwork layer, so we go out of the mask and now we can move it over here and we can see that it. Oh, hey, it actually took. It took stuff out of the artwork and that, of course, is what we want now. Let me show you a thing. That other tutorials that show you how to do the same thing. Won’t show you or at least haven’t showed you from what I seen, so let’s grab this second texture, for instance. Press Ctrl C and go to your cat lair and then go to the mask box and we’ll just go control V put in our new texture, for example, and lets. Put it right here. Okay, and you can see the texture there. The reason why you can see this texture is actually because it’s white. Now look at this. If we make it black, we go, okay, and we go to the guy. There’s no new texture, so what this means is actually something quite interesting, because if we select this and we go to our colors and we say that, okay, White takes out everything and black takes out nothing. We can actually go to like the middle gray area and then we hit. OK, and we’ll go out of the artwork, and now we zoom in and we can see that this new texture has taken stuff out, but it’s only taking it out about 50% because it’s great so that will allow us to make some some other interesting texture choices, if we if we so choose, maybe sometimes we don’t want to take out everything we just want to have it kind of kind of a little bit transparent in those areas, which I think is super cool. Okay, the second thing that maybe other tutorials to show you is that it’s very, very easy to create your own textures that you can apply. So for instance, let’s say. I want to make like some scratch marks or something. I can hit B for brush and we’ll, just we’ll just make like one of these, and then I’ll go to my brushes. It’s already here, but I’ll show you how I got. Their brushes hit the menu. Go open, brush library and something like this should show up, and maybe you’ll want to go like artistic and go paint brush. And then you can see a bunch of these options here. I’m gonna do maybe this one. No, let’s do this one okay then. I’ll just hit B again. Make a bunch of little marks. And then maybe I’ll do this one. In one or two places, let’s make a bigger one huge scratches. Oh, that’s a nice one. It’s pretty nice, okay, so then let’s say that we want to apply the things we just made as a texture super easy, just select it all and go object expand appearance. It’s easy and then. I’m gonna make them a group control. G alright, and then I’ll copy them. Ctrl C. I’ll go to of my artwork and I’ll go into the transparency mask, and then I’ll hit Control V right, put it all the way across. Hello, Kitty here And then go out of the artwork and you can see that it’s taken out those spots. Let’s put it on the well, lets. Just move! Hello, Kitty on the gray. So you can see where it took it out Pretty dope if I may say so myself. And then, of course. If you ever want to change anything, just click the artwork. Go back in here and then say, for instance, we want to make these scratch marks smaller and then put them on the colors shirt part here, so we can see it, and then we see it so basically, the the three things to take away are how you can insert the vector textures that you get other places. The second thing is that you’re not limited to complete completely taking stuff out. You can make stuff white, or you know, lighter. Depending on how much you actually want to take out from the artwork and then third is that you can very easily make your own textures if you’d like to or make your own parts that you think are taken out of something so that is it for this tutorial. I hope you enjoyed the process and actually what I like to do is take this into Photoshop and then use the brushes in Photoshop to make it. You know, a little bit better, but that’s it for how to apply textures in Illustrator, and I hope you learned a thing or two that. Maybe you didn’t know before and stay awesome possum. 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