Adding subtle textures to your final work is a great way to add an organic element to your final project.
In this tutorial I'll show you how to apply realistic textures to a SpaceRanger illustration using multiple layers and something I call subtractive texturing.
0:00 - Overview (using layering and subtractive methods to achieve realistic textures)
1:27 - Adding a background paper color to your work
2:52 - Creating a layer mask on the base color
3:04 - Choosing the right brush for the job
3:38 - Apply texture to the layer mask of the base color
4:44 - Subtly expose the base color by distressing your illustration
5:40 - Sharpen your textures using Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask (optional)
6:25 - Wrap-up and final tips
If you want to learn exactly how to make illustrations like the one above you can grab the SpaceRanger Brush and Tutorial Pack here. See below for a breakdown of what you get.
When you pick up the pack you'll get:
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Graphic styles are the fastest way to achieve time-consuming effects in Adobe Illustrator. By using graphic styles you can achieve looks like our classic PopType effect below with a single mouse click.
In this video tutorial, we'll mock our work up on a soft comfy looking t-shirt in Photoshop. This is a great way show clients how your design will look in the real world. To help you make your t-shirt mockup I've even included a handy texture you can use to follow along!