How to Do Ripped Edges in Illustrator

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Doing ripped edges in Illustrator will require the use of the rectangle tool, as well as a few other key components of the program. Do ripped edges 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 and I'm going to show you how to make ripped edges in Illustrator. So the first thing you want to do is go to your rectangle tool. Select that. And so depending on what you are making I'm going to show you how to make it look like a ripped piece of paper. You are going to want your colors to be kind of precise. So I'm going to make a kind of yellowish tinted paper. And I like that color so then I'm going to go down to this little number and I'm going to copy it. Hit command or control C, push okay. And then I'm actually going to go to my stroke. Double click it and paste it in there. So that way your stroke and your filler are the same. Now I'm going to draw out my piece of paper even it a little bit. I'm going to click it and I'm actually going to, up here this is going to tell me what my stroke looks like on the outside. So I'm going to click that, go to the left and select under vector packs, grunge brushes vector pack. And this little window is going to pop up. So from there what you are going to do is start playing around with your edges. So if you want like a ripped piece of paper effect I'd recommend using these grunge brushes. I mean you can download a bunch of different brushes online. They have ripped paper brushes and stuff but I'd definitely recommend doing it this way because it'll be more true to what you are trying to make, 'cause there is a filter to make torn edges, but it kind of messes around with the color. And you have to be really careful about that. So using the stroke on the edge of your shape is almost always guaranteed to work the best. So you know like I said just play around with your edges and eventually you'll probably get something kind of like this. And I'm actually going to make it a little darker cause you can't really see it all that well. So push okay. And there's your ripped edges. My name is Alex, and this is how you make ripped edges in Photoshop. Thank you.

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