How to Illustrate Marble Texture in Illustrator

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Illustrator allows you to add various types of textures to drawings where none existed previously. Find out how to illustrate marble texture in Illustrator with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist and I'm going to show you how to make a marble texture in Illustrator. So, what I'm going to do is I've actually opened Photoshop first because the skin can just, it's a little bit simpler of a method and you can still make it an Illustrator; it's just that you're going to have to start off in Photoshop. So, in Photoshop, you open up a new document; you go to filter and you go to render, you go to clouds. And this is going to give you a cloud pattern. And then you go to render again and this is all based on your personal preference for what you want your marble texture to look like. So, if you want it darker, you can do filter and then you go to render and then difference clouds which will just completely reverse the colors. So, I'm going to keep mine like that because it looks a little bit better. And then you go to image and you go to adjustments levels and here you can really mess around with how this look. So, I'm going to mess around with the darkness. This is where you can really get either like the really crisp or really not-so-crisp, marbly kind of texture. So, you can see that's already getting pretty marbly. And I'm actually not liking how it's turning out, so I'm going to do difference clouds, then go back to image adjustments levels. And here, this is where you can get, yeah, there you go, there is some marble and there, you already have like the lighten kind of crispy effect that you can notice with. Okay. So, this, this, that's the basic way to make it in Photoshop. So then, you, you can push command A which is going to select all of your image, command C will copy it. And then, if you go to the Illustrator, suppose you want your marble to look kind of orangy and you can do that in Photoshop, but if you're going to add more elements in Illustrator in this image, then you're going to want to do it in Illustrator which is what I'm going to do. And so, you can add a new layer and you could put below or above, it really depends on your preference. And just draw a square, let's, or rectangle the same size as the one that you have and just fill it with the color you're looking for. We'll add that. And then, you're going to go up to your first layer, you're going to go to the transparency button, little multiply; "Oops", and see actually what I've done is multiply the wrong layer. So, make sure your, the right layer is selected. That little, and there you have your colored marble. My name is Alex Cecilio, thank you for watching.


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