How to add textures to brushes in Illustrator tutorial

How to add grain / textures to brushes in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc

Add texture to brushes

how to add texture grain to brushes illustrator tutorial
  1. Select a brush stroke via the Illustrator brushes panel

  2. Set the size (say 40pt etc - make it reasonably sized)

  3. Effect menu

  4. Texture (or effect gallery)

  5. Texturizer

  6. Set texture to sandstone or select one of your PSD textures (Photoshop files)

  7. Set scaling and relief and direction

  8. Click OK

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Texturizer filter : add strokeSelect the stroke (applied to a path etc) and access the filter via the effect menu. Once you are in the filter, the panel gives a number of options.


You can add four of the default grains such as sandstone but you can also browse for addtional grains in the PSD format. You can find a vast selection of displacement maps on the site which can be used with the filter. You can also create your own seamless tiles in PSD format via Photoshop or Affinity Photo.


Buy $4.50 1000 Displacement maps PSD gallery


You can modify the scaling of the tile between 50 and 200%. You can change the relief / depth of the effect as well as invert. You can apply the effect multiple times to create wonderful combinations of grains. You can also combine it with other effects such as blurs


Glass effect : glassAnother option is to also add the glass filter to the artwork. Glass is found via the distort section. You can use the same PSD files. You can tweak the scaling, distortion and smoothness of the effect to create all kinds of grains with the vectors.


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