Gradient Texture Background in Illustrator

    ●   Use Gradient and Textures to make an Interesting Background for your Composition.

Learn About:

Gradient ToolAppearance PanelPatterns Textures

•   This tutorial is part of the We Can Be Heroes!, Monster Mesh and Picture Perfect Projects.

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Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator

… if it's the Portrait Project, open that …

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… if you're working on the Don't Buy The Lie, open that …









… if you ABSOLUTELY have not project right now, open a new document 800 x 600 pixels with approximately these settings:


… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …


Make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.

Drag the New Layer behind your object.

Step #2: Get the Rectangle Tool ~

  Select the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …

… and create a rectangle covering your artboard.

Step #3: Appearance Panel ~

With the shape still selected go the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) …

… select Fill and click the down arrow …

… click the Swatch Libraries Menu

… scroll down to Gradients and choose one.

Choose any gradient that looks good to you.

Step #4: Gradient Tool ~

Now click the Gradient Tool, and set it to Radial (if necessary) …

… and adjust the gradient to your preferences.

Step #5: Add Texture ~

Make sure the background is selected …

… hit Add New Fill in the Appearance panel …


… click on the down arrow again and go to: Patterns > Basic Graphics > Basic Graphics_Textures


… try different patterns and textures for that layer.

Step #6: Opacity and Blending Modes ~

In the Appearance panel again, click on the other down arrow under the new fill layer and click Opacity

… click Blending Mode and scroll though them to find whatever looks best.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

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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.

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