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Summary:

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.


Learn About:

Paintbrush Tool Transparency Colors Template Layers

•   This tutorial is used in 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 - 140-brush-libraries-ai.htm - 3 - 141-watercolor-ai.htm

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Step #1: Open your Illustrator Document ~

Open your line drawing in Illustrator …


Step #2: New Layer ~

Make a New Layer BELOW the outline layer by holding down + and clicking

Lock lock your other layer(s) …


Step #3: WaterColor Brushes ~

Open the Brushes panel and click the Brush Libraires Menu. …

… go to: Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_Watercolor, and select a brush that looks good.

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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.

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Step #5: Blending Mode

With the brush stoke selectecd, click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency

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… and change the stroke’s blending mode to Multiply, and lower the Opacity to around 60%.

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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 ~

Get the Warp Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift⇧+r)

… and Double-Click the icon itself warp tool small to bring up the Warp Tool Options. You may need to lower the size of warp tool brush.

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Now you can push your brush stroke around to get it where you want it.


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]

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Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

  •   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/