How to use the mesh tool in Illustrator tutorial

How to use the mesh tool in Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 etc. The mesh tool in Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc can be found in the Illustrator toolbar. The mesh tool can be used to add mesh node points and color to a selected path.

Mesh tool in Illustrator

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  1. Select a path in Illustrator

  2. Mesh tool in the toolbar of Illustrator

  3. Click anywhere on the path

  4. Set the color of the node

  5. Click somewhere else on the path

  6. Change the color of the node

  7. Repeat with other nodes

The mesh tool can add nodes once or multiple times to a path. You can change the color of the mesh tool node in Illustrator via the color panel. You can also move the node point which in turn distorts the Illustrator mesh. The mesh nodes in Illustrator can also be deleted using the mesh tool in Illustrator. The mesh nodes can be added as rows and columns as well as the highlight being flat and to the center and to the edge. The mesh tool can then manipulate those mesh nodes. You can also use images with the gradient mesh tool to create unusual blurry vector images based on the mesh. You can do the same with rasterized gradients.

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You can then re-color all the mesh tool nodes in Illustrator using the powerful color guide. This tutorial shows the mesh tool and how to add the mesh nodes. This tutorial shows you how to color the mesh and warp the selected path. The mesh tutorial also shows the gradient mesh command and how that can be used with images and color guide in Illustrator. The mesh tool can be found in the toolbar of Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 etc. Meshes can also be created via the gradient mesh command found in the object menu in Illustrator

Mesh tool distorting - use the Illustrator mesh tool to distort paths in 1000s of ways

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You can also use the same tool to distort the path with the mesh tool in Illustrator.

  1. Select a path

  2. Select the mesh tool (or use direct selection tool)

  3. Drag the point (don't change the color)

  4. Go to another node and drag

  5. Go to the another node of the mesh tool path


Works better with the edges of the path with the mesh added but it can also be effective with the inner parts of the mesh in Illustrator

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