Watercolors in Illustrator
● Some Vector portraits look cold and clinical because the lines are so precise.
● The trick is to use brush textures to make the lines more natural looking.
✓ Paintbrush Tool ✓ Transparency ✓ Colors✓ Template Layers
• This tutorial is part of the CD Cover Design Project and is the 1st tutorial in a series.
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Step #1: Open your Illustrator Document ~
✓ Open your line drawing in Illustrator …
✓ Lastly, select all your lines by hitting Cmd (⌘)+A + …
✓ … then open the Brushes palette by clicking on the icon or go to: Window > Brushes …
✓ … click on the Brush Libraries Menu …
✓ … and go to: Artistic > Artistic ChalkCharcoalPencil …
✓ … and choose a brush to apply to the strokes.
✓ Also, lower the stroke weight and see what that does ...
Step #2: New Layer ~
✓ Make a New Layer BELOW the outline layer by holding down + and clicking
✓ Lock your other layer(s) …
Step #3: WaterColor Brushes ~
✓ Open the Brushes panel and click the flyout menu on the top right …
✓ … go to: Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_Watercolor, and select a brush that looks good.
Step #4: Short Stroke~
✓ Choose a Stroke color in the Color panel, and draw a short stroke with the Brush Tool somewhere on your composition.
Step #5: Blending Mode
✓ With the brush stoke selectecd, open the Transparency panel …
✓ … and change the stroke’s blending mode to Multiply, and lower the Opacity to around 60%.
Step #6: Start Painting ~
✓ Paint your face …
✓ … now change the Transparency to Overlay …
✓ … change the color and brush size and keep painting.
Step #7: Warp Tool ~
✓ Find the Warp Tool …
✓ … and Double-Click the icon itself to bring up the Warp Tool Options. You may need to lower the size of warp tool brush.
✓ Now you can push your brush stroke around to get it where you want it.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - [ LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• 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://vectips.com/tutorials/free-watercolor-brushes-and-tutorial/