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How to use textures in Adobe Illustrator

Posted on 1st December 2016
Ensure that your file has been downloaded and unzipped to use.

1- Open Ai.

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2- Open the image/project you would like the texture on.

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3- Select the image you would like the texture on. If you have a design with more than object that you would like the texture on select them all and group them together.

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4- On the top toolbar, select Window, a drop down box will appear. Scroll down and select Transparency. A new palette will appear in your workspace.

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5- Select the 3 little lines in the Transparency palette (on the right and highlighted by the red arrow in the pic) a drop down box will appear, select - show thumbnails. This will expand the palette.

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6- Double click on the grey space next to the thumbnail of your image in the Transparency palette (1). this will create an opacity mask; your image may disappear since your mask begins as a black box to indicate it is opaque. don’t worry this will change when we add the texture.

Click on file > place in the top tool bar (2) to select your texture.

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7- a new window will open, select the texture you would like. and click place.

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8- Your texture will now appear over your image.

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9- Resize the texture to cover your image.

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10- Double click on the image thumbnail in the Transparency palette so you can continue with your work on the image.

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Images are from and the file is called 50 Abstract watercolour textures


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