Adobe Illustrator Texture Exploration is a fun way to add more character to your artwork. Want to create textures you can use in Adobe Illustrator? These textures are used for background, for creating effects in your artwork, and for making your illustrations look less digital.
Finding Textures to Use in Adobe Illustrator
I’ll be posting the exact directions on how to create a texture in the future, but first let’s talk about where you can find textures. Most textures can either be created using paints, books, rough paper, or anything you have around that has a texture you want to use in your artwork. You just scan it in and edit it. You can also photograph textures in nature. Anything with contrast works great.
I recently took a photo of tire tracks in the snow and created a texture out of it.
Doesn’t look like much, but you can use textures that have contrast (black and white balance) to create overlays or make your artwork look more authentic. Look around your house, explore the neighborhood sidewalks and walls, or navigate on your next out of town trip to find these textures that most probably overlook. Have fun with finding new textures you can use.
How to Capture a Texture to Use in Adobe Illustrator:
- Grab a camera. If you got a SLR or point and shoot, those work well as do iPhone cameras nowdays. Anything can be used, but the better the camera, the better the photo and less editing will be needed.
- Look around for textures to photograph. Look at tree bark, sidewalks, old barns, building walls, ect.
- Take close up photos. Try to get as much of the texture in the photo. Close up shots instead of zooming in is best.
- Download your photos to your hard drive for editing later. (Stay tuned!)
- Use instagram to find others who are posting about textures. This just might inspire you more!
You can buy textures online, but it’s a lot more fun to make them. In an upcoming post, I’ll tell you how.