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Creating Seamless Textures In Illustrator

Creating Seamless Textures In Illustrator
I think you’ll all agree that Illustrator is just plain awesome, and with the continual improvements we see with each new version, it keeps getting better and better. Previously, I created seamless textures for typography and seamless backgrounds for my web and illustration projects with Photoshop. But we’ve seen large improvements with the Appearance panel in more recent versions of Illustrator, so now I create these textures and backgrounds solely in Illustrator–it’s actually super easy! So in today’s tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps on how to create a variety of seamless textures and backgrounds all in Adobe Illustrator. Tutorial Details: Seamless Textures and Seamless Backgrounds Program : Adobe Illustrator CC (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4+ but some of the tutorial images might look different.)Difficulty: Beginner/IntermediateTopics Covered: Appearance Panel, Effects, Pattern Fills, Graphic StylesEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes each Raster Effects

Create Your Own Leather Texture Using Adobe Illustrator In this tutorial I will show you how to create a leather texture of different colors using Adobe Illustrator. This is a basic tutorial to follow and will take around thirty minutes to complete. You can use this vector texture in your artwork when you need to add a leather texture. Let's get started. Step 1 Create a new document with File > New (Command + N). Step 2 Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a square with the settings shown below. Step 3 Go to Effect > Texture > Stained Glass..., a window opens and then click OK to apply it. Step 4 Go to Object > Live Trace > Make and Expand. Step 5 Right-click and Ungroup the layer. Step 6 Use Magic Wand Tools (Y), select the white colors and delete. Step 7 Color the layer with RGB (R=25, G=25, B=25), position it in the center of artboard, and modify the size to 300 px. Step 8 Make a copy of the layer (Command + C) and paste in back (Command + B). Step 9 Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a square with the following settings: Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 Step 13

Create Grainy Textures In Illustrator Creating grainy textures are great for retro illustrations, typography, and logos. Alternatively, you can incorporate these effects into compelling new styles. You can always scan in similar textures and Live Trace them in Illustrator, but you can pretty easily create this type of effect all inside Illustrator! Final Image Here is a sample image of what these techniques can do. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4 and CS3 but some of the tutorial images might look different.)Difficulty: Beginner / IntermediateTopics Covered: Grain Effect, Gradient, Gradient Meshes, BlendsEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Grainy Textures In the following sections I’ll show you how to create these grainy textures from a couple of different elements within Illustrator. Gradients Basic First up is gradients. Color Take your same rectangle and fill it with a solid color. Gradient Mesh Blend Quick Tutorial Experiment

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Gradient rings in Illustrator Circular graph Here is a very simple example of what I talk about. The gradient in each part of the graph follows the direction of the circle. In other words the gradient isn't linear or radial, which are the only options to choose from in Illustrator. The graph below has 28 segments and is applied in a more illustrative kind of way. It's still not a complex graph, but without a rather smart and simple way to create these gradients it would take a lot of time. Circular gradient Draw a rectangle Start by selecting the Rectangle tool and draw a small rectangle. Duplicate the rectangle Duplicate the rectangle by selecting the Selection tool (black arrow), and start dragging to the right as shown in the image above. Add color Give the second rectangle the ending color of your gradient. Blend options To prepare our perfect gradient using the blend feature, we first check our blend options. Make Blend Create new Art Brush Select Art Brush from the brush type options Give the brush a name. Draw a circle

Quick Tutorial - Creating a Letterpress and Embossed Text Effects in Photoshop In the past few years the letterpress text effect has become a huge trend in web design. It’s being used in headers, headlines and even interfaces. The love for the letterpress effect has been transferred from printing machines to our computer screens. If done right letterpress can be a splendid and neat accent in your design. Another superb, yet often underrated, text effect is embossing. Final Image (click on the image to view full-size version) Background Having the perfect background when using a letterpress or embossed text effect is very important. 1. Start by creating a new document. 2. Grab the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill the layer with #30485a. 3. Download this Black Leather Pattern and open it up in Photoshop. Head back to your document and create a new layer. Set layer’s Blending Mode to Overlay and Opacity to 55%. Download this Subtle Grunge texture and paste it into your document. Set layer’s Blending Mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 15%. 4. Letterpress effect Embossed effect

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Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches for creating simple 3D lettering effects in the context of poster design. Onward and upward we go! Introduction I will start off by drawing the letter-forms for the three words "ONWARD," "AND" and "UPWARD." Drawing Lettering As always, good lettering starts with a sketch. Step 1a This sketch is very rough and is basically there to reference when actually creating the lines in Adobe Illustrator (AI). Step 1b Open a new document in AI and paste in the sketch. Step 2 Create outside guides loosely based on the sketch (Drag from the Rulers). Step 3a Next, we'll create diagonal guides. Step 3b In the prompt window enter an Angle of 33 and hit OK. Step 3c The guide is now diagonal. Step 4a Next, referencing the sketch and start drawing the letterforms using the Pen Tool. Step 4b Using the guides as starting points, be sure to keep the vertical lines on the letter-forms precise by holding shift while drawing. Step 4c Step 5a Step 5b Step 6a Step 6b

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