Hair in Illustrator
● Learn to Connect - the - Dots Using the Pen Tool.
● Then add Hair Texture using the Symbol Sprayer.
✓ Pen Tool ✓ Symbol Sprayer ✓ Hair and Fur Symbols
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Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Continue your Work from Last Time ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … create a New Layer and lock your other layer(s).
Step #2: Pen Tool ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … turn your Fill color OFF by clicking on the little …
✓ … and play "connect-the-dots" around where your hair needs to be.
✓ When you get back to where you began, close the shape.
Step #3: Hair Color Fill ~
✓ Set the Fill to your preferred hair color.
Step #4: Mesh Tool ~
✓ Now get the Mesh Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (u) …
✓ … and click somewhere on the hair shape.
✓ Now Lighten or Darken the color by Double-Clicking on the fill color.
✓ Keep Going! Add Mesh Tool Points and keep changing the colors to achieve some variation in your composition.
Step #5: Hair and Fur Symbol ~
✓ Make ANOTHER New Layer above your hair color layer …
✓ … then click on the Symbols icon or go to: Window > Symbols …
✓ … click the Symbol Libraries Menu …
✓ … and click Hair and Fur.
✓ Click a hair style …
Step #6: Symbol Sprayer ~
✓ Now, click the Symbol Sprayer icon in the tool bar or hit the keyboard shortcut (Shift+S) …
✓ … and begin spraying with the Symbols Tool over your hair.
Step #7: Adjust the Symbol Sprayer ~
✓ Double-Click the Symbol Sprayer.
✓ Adjust the settings for the Symbol Sprayer by increasing the Intensity.
✓Also up the Density.
✓Then try the Symbols Tool again and see what difference it makes.
Step #8: Symbol Shifter Tool ~
✓ To change the shape of the symbols, pull down on the Symbol Sprayer icon and select the Symbol Shifter Tool …
✓ … and use Symbol Shifter Tool to shift the shapes where you want them.
Step #9: Blending Modes ~
✓ Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai document.
✓ Save the file as YOUR NAME! so we know whose it is.
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
Other Resources: http://designertoday.com/tutorials/illustrator/2400/symbol.sprayer.tool.adobe.illustrator.cs.tutorial.aspx and http://www.cjboco.com/projects.cfm/project/tutorial-ai-realistic-vector-hair/1.0.0/ and