Tutorial on Adding Texture to Your Vector Illustrations

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Adding texture to your vector is a great way to give it more dimension and perspective. Take a tutorial on adding texture to your vector with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to add a texture or a pattern to an illustration in Illustrator. So what I've done here is I've created an illustration of my glasses and I'm going to add a texture/pattern to it. So the first thing you're going to want to do is just select, use the selection tool to select your object and up in the left hand corner up here there's this little button and it's basically all your swatches and in the bottom left, the second button over it says show swatch kinds menu and this basically allows you to select different types of swatches so I already selected pattern swatches and it's not going to show you all of them so what you can do is go to this little right hand top corner arrow thing and click that and go all the way down to the bottom and it says open swatch library. And this just has like a basic selection of all of Illustrator's preset patterns and textures. So I'm going to add some patterns of nature and let's see, we've got some foliage patterns which are kind of fun to mess with and basically this will just, you know, it will fill up your entire image with this pattern and these are more, I have to say, these are definitely more patterns. I'm going to go back into that little option selection there and go back into open swatch library, go into patterns and I'm going to choose some animal skins just because I'm definitely more of an animal pattern fan and select whatever pattern you want and that's actually really cool I'm going to stick with that one and this is I believe a turtle and this comes with Illustrator. You don't have to download these or anything it's already preset in there and that is how you add a texture or pattern to an illustration in Illustrator. My name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and thank you for watching.


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