Hair in Illustrator

    ●   Learn to Connect - the - Dots Using the Pen Tool.

    ●   Then add Hair Texture using the Symbol Sprayer.

Learn About:

Pen Tool Symbol Sprayer Hair and Fur Symbols

•   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover, We Can Be Heroes!, Monster Mesh, and Picture Perfect Projects and is part of a series:

1 - 102-pencil-line-art-ai.htm - 2 - 104-brush-libraries-ai.htm - 3 - 105-mesh-tool-color-ai.htm - 4 - 107-vector-eyes-ai.htm - 5 - 111-hair-ai.htm

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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.

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