Watercolor In Illustrator | How To Paint With Watercolor In Adobe Illustrator

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How To Paint With Watercolor In Adobe Illustrator

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[MUSIC] Hey, everyone! I have another tutorial for you today in Illustrator. My name is Aaron, and I like to design almost everything that I do for my clients. I use illustrator for, and today is no exception. I am going to show you how to color in your line. Art drawings with watercolor or the effect of watercolor. And there’s different ways that you can do this. I just really prefer this technique, so let’s get started. I have this black and white line art drying and you can tell it’s liner. Because when I do a command Y to show the outline, It’s all Vectorized. So you want to start with that? I do have a tutorial that shows you walks you through how to turn your hand drawings into line art and I will put a link for that below as well, but we’re gonna start today with our line. Art already created, so I have. I want to make sure that my line art is on its own layer. So that’s I’m layer two, and I’m gonna drag that to the bottom so that it’s well no. I’m gonna leave it. I’m gonna leave that on the top. Oops, I’m gonna leave my line art on the top and put my watercolor painting underneath so that the black outline stays on top, So I’m gonna go ahead and lock my line art layer down so that I don’t happen to catch it by mistake when I’m trying to select something, so just hit next to it and lock it and then what I want you to do is draw with your line segment tool. I want you just to draw a line and then we are going to go to window and down to brush libraries and then the Pop-up menu to artistic and then down to watercolor. So this library gives you a whole bunch of different watercolor brushes, and once you have your line drawn, you can select which brush you want to use, so just pick one. You know, play around with it. See what you like? What you don’t like, and just for the sake of this tutorial, Let’s zoom in a little bit on that, so you can see there’s different shades, and when you have your line selected, you can also go to your color palette and you can change the color. Just make sure that you have your stroke selected when you’re changing the color, and then you can make it. Let’s start with blue because we’re probably gonna do the clouds, and then you can from there that down to your cloud, and then if you want to do them all as separate lines, you can do that and let’s let’s do a different there. There’s a different brush that’s cool and you can adjust the the shape of these strokes by if you go to your stroke palette, you can play around with the width. See how that made it a lot wider. I feel like I need a darker blue, though. Just for this brush. Okay, so I darken it up a little bit another fun. Trick that you can do is right in about the middle of your tool palette on the left. If you click and hold down, you’ll see this pop-up. There’s a whole bunch of different tools. Fun little tools in here. I’m specifically gonna use the warp tool and I’m gonna put my crosshairs on my stroke right in the middle just to start with, and then I’m gonna pull it down and it’s gonna warp line, and now I’m gonna pull one of the others up one of the others down. They might even bring this one in so you can change the shape of your stroke. That way or it’s pretty cool. I’m going to slide over and do another cloud if you want to use your PIN tool and start clicking around, then you can make whatever kind of stroke line that you want, but remember right now. It’s just a solid stroke because we haven’t selected a water color yet. So we’re gonna hit water color, there we go. I’m gonna make this a different shade of blue and my color palette. Cool like it already, and then I’m gonna go back to my pen tool and I’m just gonna start keep adding to this because I like the swirly effect and maybe just outline this cloud. Come, then, lets. Maybe just add a little bit more in here. I’m just gonna do a straight line. I’m gonna pick another brush like that. I’m gonna grab the end of my line because I want to make it just a little bit longer to kind of fill in that space. I might even warp it. Just a little bit cool. Okay, let’s try the trees. I mean, you really can do a whole bunch of different stuff. This really will let your creativity fly, so I’m gonna make. Let’s see. I’m gonna make kind of a circle for this one, just like a little swoosh, elion and connect it. They’re gonna pick a brush and let’s do another color, hmm? I like that, and now I’m going to use my paintbrush tool, so I can just kind of freehand it. Ooh, see, that’s so neat. Okay, one thing. I’m gonna try here. Give you a tip when you do a stroke. Sometimes you get some hard pointy edges like. I see one right there, and I think I can fix it. If you have your stroke that has a pointy edge selected and go to your stroke palette. If you select this middle round cap and the bottom corner, it should smooth any sharp corners that you have. So that’s good, so play around with this. Have some fun. I want to see some original creations, and after this I am going to show you how to do this exact same thing, But in Photoshop so very similar it just I know a lot of you use Photoshop. I know a lot of you use illustrator, so I want to make sure that you know how to do it on both platforms so until then have a great day [Music].