How to Make Illustrator Graphics Scratched & Grungy

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Not all graphics that you create in Illustrator need to look pristine and new. Make Illustrator graphics scratched and grungy-looking 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 something look grungy in Illustrator. So there's a couple of ways of doing this but I'm going to show you the way to do it with paintbrushes because the paintbrushes are quite cool in Illustrator and the first thing you're going to do is what I've done here is just filled in, I've drawn a large rectangle just to fill up the space to give you know, the palette, I mean the canvas a color and then you can, if you want to you can add a new layer. I would just draw it on the same layer because you're going to use effects later and it will make it look cooler and more grungy if you actually use one layer. So I'm actually going to just delete this layer here and right here I have a series of just artistic paintbrushes that come with the Illustrator but you can go to this little fun option, you just go to brushes and then on the right hand corner you can scroll all the way down to open brush library and then you can select all sorts of cool different brushes but the one I'm going to use is called the grunge brushes vector pack and this comes with Illustrator. And then you can pick a color whichever you want. I'm going to choose something kind of gross and oops, okay so what actually just happened here and this is kind of important. Make sure that when you select a color nothing else is selected because otherwise it will change the color of your shape. So I'm going to do that again and get some green going on there and get the paintbrush tool and the paintbrush tool is an interesting little feature because it has the option of making cool lines and being nice and sharp and kind of vectory and that's really what I enjoy about the paintbrush tool the most which is why I'm showing you this grunge effect with it. And let me choose another color, let's try something kind of darker and you know this already is starting to look pretty dirty but you can add all sorts of colors. I'm going to add a couple of different ones just for the sake of being grungy. Let me just add one more little color there. Okay, so I've got my grungy picture so far and we're not done yet so what we're going to do now is we're going to select everything. We're going to go to effect and there's a lot of effects that you can mess around with and I'm going to choose paint dobs because of the effect in the end that it has and depending on how big your picture is it might take a little bit longer for this and just remember being patient is always the key to this and just waiting and then you'll get what you're looking for and so that's what's happening right now. It's just taking a second because it's big and then it should turn out grungy and kind of, it's got this cool little white background effect to it. And if you're not interested in that kind of thing, like I said you can mess around with all the different effects. I'll just show you one more, let's try, I'm going to try rough pastels because it has kind of a smeary kind of look to it so let's see how that turns out. And now let's take it a second and there you go and there's your kind of grungier looking piece. And that is how you can make something look grungy in Illustrator. My name is Alex Cecilio and thank you very much.


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