Grunge Splat Background in Illustrator
● Create a Grungy Looking Splat background for your composition using this simple technique.
✓ Symbols✓ Drop Shadow ✓ Send to Back
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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, lock your other layers, and drag the new layer below the your main important objects …
Step #2: Symbols ~
✓ Open Symbols or go to: Window > Symbols …
✓ … click the Symbol Libraries Menu icon in the lower left corner …
✓ … and choose Dot Pattern Vector Pack.
Step #3: Drag an Instance ~
✓ Drag an instance of the symbol over your image.
Step #4: Free Transform Tool ~
✓ Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …
✓ … and adjust the symbol size.
Step #5: Break Link ~
✓ Break the link to the master symbol by Right-Clicking and select Break Link to Symbol or hit the button in the Control panel.
Step #6: Colors ~
✓ Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches …
✓ … pick a Fill color from your Swatches and apply your colors to the symbol.
Step #7: Send to Back ~
✓ Then Right-Click again and go to: Arrange > Send to Back (if necessary).
Step #8: Apply a Grime Vector Pack ~
✓ Click on the Symbol Libraries Menu panel again …
✓ … and go to: Grime Vector Pack.
✓ Drag a symbol to the artboard.
✓ As you did before, hit the Break Link button to make this an editable shape, change the color, etc.
Step #9: Fill the Grime Shape ~
✓ In the Swatches panel, chose the another color to fill the shape and change up the feel of your graphic.
✓ Use as many splats as you need.
Step #10: Change Perspective of the Symbols ~
✓ Select one of the shapes and go to: Effect > 3D > Rotate, hit Preview, and rotate the cube.
✓ Also, set the Perspective to give it an exaggerated look that adds more interest.
✓ You can apply the same effect to every symbol by going to: Effect > Apply Rotate.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.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.