How to create random cuts in Illustrator paths tutorial

Learn how to create random cut marks in Illustrator paths in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 etc

Random cuts into path

learn how to create random cuts into the path in Illustrator
  1. Create a path such as rectangle in Illustrator

  2. Select the eraser tool in the Illustrator toolbar

  3. Double click the eraser tool, Go to the settings and set the angle to random and set to maximum 180 + set the size to random as well with 7pt and 7pt random and set roundness to 20%

  4. Click anywhere in the path multiple times to make different sized cuts into the Illustrator path


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See through to background : strokeYou should now be filled with something like a very hole filled path / design (obviously not exactly matching the one on the right).


The cuts are at different angles and sizes. You can now see through the path to the background color.


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Use with width profiles : widthIf you add a stroke you can also add a width profile to the artwork to create a more sketched look to the design


As there are a selection of presets and you can also combine with the width tool to modify the individual parts of the stroke. You can use the profile to create a vast range of designs.


Combine multiple erases : combineYou don't have to have just one path involved. You can combine multiple paths with perhaps different sizes of erased holes or perhaps erased parts at one angle with one path and a different angle with another path


Create two square paths and go to the eraser tool and set random roundness and size. Set angle to 135. Click first document multiple times in multiple places. Go to the tool and set to 45 and then repeat on the second path which is placed on top of the original.


Set the blending mode to difference for the top path


Use other paths : starYou can now repeat the above with other paths and not just rectangles.


If you want to create or make marks into some paths such as text and symbols you will need to expand the design and then make the marks into a shape with the powerful eraser tool


Holes : holesIf you want to just create a hole filled path then avoid the angle and roundness. Just go for size randomness.


You can then click with the eraser tool and make multiple holes in any path with different sizes.


Frames : frameYou don't need to erase all of the path, you can also simply click around the edge with the eraser tool and you will then rapidly create a distressed and rough edge which is great for use as a frame.


You can add as many holes as you wish around the edge. You can repeat apply around all four edges


Lines : linesIf you set the size large and the roundness low (all random) and the angle set a single fixed angle then you can create eraser lines through the image instead of multiple slashes at different angles.


In the image on the right, the tool has been applied with a very large size and very small roundness and 45 degrees angle to create diagonal slashing lines


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