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Marble Texture in Illustrator

Posted on 25th October 2018
1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), click inside of your “Canvas” and use a “Width” of 0.3 cm, a “Height” 0f 20 cm and click “OK”.

3 - With your “Rectangle” still selected, go to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects Menu” at the bottom-left. Go to Distort & Transform > Transform… use a “Horizontal Move” of 0.3 cm with a 0° “Rotate” Angle and input the number 19 in the “Copies” section. Click “OK”.

4 - Go to Object > Expand Appearance… then, right-click on top of the vectors and choose “Ungroup”.

5 - In the “Color Guide Panel”, click on the small menu un the bottom-left and choose “Web” (You can choose other options if you want).

6 - Select the first “Rectangle” and fill it with a dark shade from the “Color Guide Panel”, then keep selecting the other rectangles and filling them with lighter shades. Try to make a progression from dark to light and then mix a few different colors in between near the end.

7 - Select all your “Rectangles” and drag them to the right while holding the “Alt/Option” and “Shift” keys to create a duplicate and move it in a straight line. Place your duplicate exactly where the first batch ended, then select all your shapes again and repeat until you fill your “Document”.

8 - Once you are done, select everything, pull one of the corners and snap it to the corner of your “Canvas” in order to fill the entire “Document”. Right-click on top of your paths and choose “Group”.

9 -  Select the “Twirl Tool”, double-click on top of it to bring out the “Twirl Tool Options” and change the “Width” and “Height” to 8 cm, then click “OK”. Move your cursor around while clicking on your “Artwork” to create “Twirls” (you can “Undo” if you want using Command/Control + Z).

10 - Once you are happy, select the “Warp Tool” (Shift + R), double-click on top of it to bring out the “Warp Tool Options” and change the “Width” and “Height” to 5 cm, then click “OK”. Play around with your work until you achieve the look you want.

11 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M) and create a “Rectangle” covering your entire “Canvas”, fill it with a light “Shade” from the “Color Guide Panel”. Right-click on top of it and choose Arrange > Send to Back…

12 - Check if you want to change the color of the rectangle, then select the Top Vectors, head to the “Transparency Panel” and change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light”.

13 - Create another “Rectangle” on top of everything, select all of your “Shapes” right-click on top and choose “Make Clipping Mask” to make the edges even.

by @lornacane

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