How do you create THIS texture?!?!?!?!?!

New Here ,
Apr 29, 2012 Apr 29, 2012

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It's driving me nuts!

The vintage shading below.

http://images.veerle.duoh.com/uploads/inspiration-images/SW-cover-big.jpg

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Enthusiast ,
May 21, 2012 May 21, 2012

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OK . . . I am determined to destroy this topic. It's exactly the kind of thing I must know how to do . . .

No disrespect Wade, but  . . . your example totally blows, haha. Great thinking, though. I tried it after I saw your post. It almost works . . .

But I'm convinced now that this textural effect is done in Photoshop. Whether or not you want to import the created Photoshop textures into Illy and mask them to vectors, or maybe just Live Trace the texture itself, is beside the point.

What's important here is just how to get this sort of chunky, "binary" gradient.

Back to my Fourth of July poster this morning and I searched for a way to knock my high-detailed spraypaint to something more like the OP's image.

With just a little setup, here's what the Stamp filter did for me:

TEXTURE!.PNG

I'm very pleased with the results. For linear chunky gradients, one could create a tiling pattern to fill shapes with, in Illy. If you know how to use PS and Illy in conjunction this method arms you with the ability to easily achieve the OP's desired result.

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New Here ,
Mar 03, 2014 Mar 03, 2014

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This may be a larger time suck than you are willing to undertake, but the purist in me enjoys doing it this way...

Create a scan of acrylic or gouache paint strokes, and either create bitmap tifs out of them or pull them into illustrator and live trace them and then just fit them into your shapes using a clipping mask. Also using rolled ink textures works fairly well. You can find those at lostandtaken.com or just make your own.

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2014 Mar 06, 2014

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Try EFFECTS / DISTORT / GLASS / (Frosted)  use distortion around [10], smoothness [1], scaling [50%]

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Contributor ,
Mar 09, 2014 Mar 09, 2014

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I go over this in my Lynda.com course "Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail" here:

http://goo.gl/s866d

Here is a set of vector graindients I created for this exact type of shading FX in Ai. You can download it here:

https://copy.com/rOF7tA96vaOQlmov

The image below shows the graindients I created in use in this vector illustration. I explain everything in my videos for Lynda.com. It's not too difficult it just takes time to do it well and involves some creative masking. If you're not worried about having a distinctly resolution independent file (vector) than taking your base art out of Ai into Photoshop and doing it there is much easier and more flexible IMO.

Von

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 09, 2014 Mar 09, 2014

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New Here ,
Nov 07, 2014 Nov 07, 2014

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I am watching your video , and so far, you are just giving the explanation but not showing how is it that you do your effects. It would be really helpful if you do a tutorial from scratch to finish. You are awesome by the way.

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Guide ,
Nov 07, 2014 Nov 07, 2014

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There is a tutorial for a similar effect in the tutorial here:

Add depth and texture in Illustrator | Graphic design | Creative Bloq

--OB

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Advocate ,
Jun 12, 2016 Jun 12, 2016

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Is the video file from post #18 available, I'd like to watch but I can't download ?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 12, 2016 Jun 12, 2016

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StrongBeaver schrieb:

Is the video file from post #18 available, I'd like to watch but I can't download ?

It's a video on Lynda.com. You need a subscription or a 7-day test account to watch it. The courses are not for download.

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Jun 12, 2016 Jun 12, 2016

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Texturing like this even more easily and better done in Photoshop IMO than it ever will be in Illustrator. Adobe just hasn't improved vector based brushes since they released them so it's clunky and non-intuitive at best. But it is possible. My post above with the fish has a broken link because Copy.com was shut down May 1, 2016.

But you can get access to the brushes I used either through my courses: "Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail", "Drawing Vector Graphics: Painting with Vectors" and a few others via http://www.drawingvectorgraphics.com

Or you can buy this vector brush set called "The Awesomely Organic Vector Brush Essential Bundle" at Retro Supply Company and it comes video tutorials showing you how use use this very texture. Find that here: http://www.retrosupply.co/products/the-illustrators-organic-vector-brush-pack

I've also created some vector paint brushes here that let you get very authentic looking painterly feel in Illustrator as well and this set also comes with a video tutorial on how to do it. Find these brushes here: http://www.retrosupply.co/products/dragstrip-2-vector-brush-pack

It's not hard to use a pattern brush (That is what it technically is for this look and feel in Ai), it's just not very simple in Illustrator. Photoshop is the best environment IMO to do it with ease.

Von

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Jun 12, 2016 Jun 12, 2016

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Your dragstrip-2-vector brush pack looks good, may be all I need to know

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2016 Aug 10, 2016

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ok, wich part of the video on Lynda?

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Oct 06, 2016 Oct 06, 2016

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Go to this link first: http://www.drawingvectorgraphics.com

Once there you can watch either of these courses where I cover this:

- Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail

- Drawing Vector Graphics: Painting with Textures

I also have a video where I showcase using vector based brushes and in it you can see the scatter brush to do this type of detailing. That said I'll warn you. Scatter brushes in Ai work, but they will dog down your system quickly. They bloat a file quickly. This is because Adobe has never improved this functionality once they released it. So it's still not as intuitive or easy as Photoshop in terms of texturing IMO.

Painting with Vectors Bonus - YouTube

Hope that helps.


Von

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New Here ,
Jul 06, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

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Hello
Could you reupload it please

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Jul 06, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

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You can buy my vector brush set which contains graindient brushes for this look here: https://www.retrosupply.co/collections/brushes/products/everything-glitschka

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Von Glitschka, Creative Director

Glitschka Studios | www.glitschkastudios.com

ph. 971.223.6143 | Twitter | Facebook

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2014 May 18, 2014

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this is was so helpful to me! I found the Sponge > Stamp method to be the best and smoothest.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 01, 2014 Oct 01, 2014

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Here is a tutorial by Invisible Creatures showing EXACTLY how they get this effect in AI. Pretty cool stuff, I have used this method many times and the effect is great. In this example they use simple halftone dots, but the same method can be employed using any textures you have.

Link here>>>Invisible Creature Speaks » Blog Archive » Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial + Poster

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Jul 01, 2015 Jul 01, 2015

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Oct 06, 2016 Oct 06, 2016

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I've figured out a way to make a brush with this texture, Von above has already mentioned using custom brushes and his brushes are great. I've also used the method suggested using the appearance panel with the 2 fills - 1 black and white gradient with the grain effect applied and then multiplied- however I find that it greys out the colour on the black side of the gradient.

I still haven't figured out how to make a colour transitional, grainy gradient however in Illustrator with a brush it does allow you to change one colour and have the grain fade.

1) draw a medium rectangle and fill it with the standard black & white gradient. Note: Not in appearance panel.

2) With it still selected, go to effects>sketch>graphic pen and set the stroke length to 1.

3) Then Object> Expand appearance

4) Image trace in Black and White with the settings:

Threshold- 250

Paths 90%

Noise - 3px

Check Ignore white

Expand it and you can change the colour and also turn it into a brush, by playing with the brush settings you can have it follow the direction of your stroke also. I hope this helps

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New Here ,
Dec 01, 2016 Dec 01, 2016

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hey, i'm trying to use your technique, but I'm having difficulties.
What's the final configuration of your brush?

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Dec 01, 2016 Dec 01, 2016

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Visit the link in the post above yours and the two courses I list cover this exhaustively.

If you don't have a Lynda.com account use this URL to get a FREE seven day pass:

lynda.com/trial/VonGlitschka

Trying to answer it in a post is futile, it's best answered via video and that will be done via the courses.

Von

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 01, 2017 Apr 01, 2017

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Vonster​, are you "the" Vonster who made the beautiful Vonster patterns in Illustrator?

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Apr 01, 2017 Apr 01, 2017

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Yes I created those. I didn't realize they'd brand them with my nickname though. Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 01, 2017 Apr 01, 2017

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They are lovely, Von!

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Engaged ,
Oct 08, 2018 Oct 08, 2018

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Beware the sheer number of vector points this would create!

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