How to Add Texture in Adobe Illustrator

Vector artwork may be easily and precisely created with Adobe Illustrator. You can incorporate texture into strokes and fills, as an overlay, or with a mask to give your illustrations a distinctive and more stylized appearance. 

This is a fantastic method for producing urban, gritty graphics and images. It draws viewers’ attention and captivates their curiosity. Additionally, textures can be applied in numerous ways to produce a variety of effects.

Today I will be showing you how you can add texture to your designs in Adobe Illustrator. My name is Aly, I have been using Adobe Illustrator for many years now as a graphic designer, and adding texture to designs is one of my favorites to do. 

How to Add Texture to Objects in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator has a library of different texture and effect options for you to add stunning layers to your projects. 

For example, Fur, canvas, wood grain, sand, leather, satin, matte, and glass are a few examples of textures. 

Follow the steps below to learn how you can add texture to your designs in Illustrator. 

Step 1: Select the object you want to add texture to, go up to the top menu while your object is selected, choose Effect > Texture, and select from the options below. 

There are six styles available in the Texture drop-down menu. Utilize the controls on the right to change the texture properties. Both the strokes and the fills of the artwork you choose will use the texture.

Step 2: Once you have selected a texture, a window will appear full of the textures with settings. At the left bottom corner, you can choose to zoom in or out to view the texture a little better. 

You can now decide whether you like that texture or not, and if not the list is available right there to choose from, and now you can see it as a live preview. 

Next to the textures are the texture settings, I like to play around with them to see what looks best for my object. 

Step 3: Once you have chosen your texture and settings, you can click OK and now your object(s) have a new texture layer. 

Feel free to try out the other effects in the Effect menu. All of these options will add some sort of creative effect to your creation. You can also look into Blending Modes to create a texture onto your object or text. 

Bonus Tips 

You can also find vector textures from the Swatches panel. Click on the Swatch Libraries menu and choose Patterns > Basic Graphics > Basic Graphics_Textures and choose a texture that you like. It’s a bit tricky because you’ll find them in the pattern submenu. 

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to add texture to your designs and objects in Adobe Illustrator. These texture options also work great for text as well. Just follow the same process we did above and your text will have an interesting look to it. 

In art and design, the texture is crucial because it adds the appearance of depth to a piece of work or a design and improves its overall appearance. By exploring the other areas of the texture options you have a better idea of how they each individually work and what objects work best with them. 

Any questions about adding Texture in Adobe Illustrator? Leave a comment and let me know.

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