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Scribble Live Effect For Adobe Illustrator Tutorial, How To Create Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021


How to create amazing designs using the scribble feature in the effects menu. Select any path such as a rectangle or text or circle or path that you have created and go to the effects menu and select the stylize menu and go to the scribble command.


The scribble panel will now appear and you can set the curviness, spacing and other settings for the scribble in Illustrator. It is probably easier to test out a number of settings by going to the presets at the top of the panel and apply those to see which one you like and then manipulate the various sliders to tweak the scribble. Once you are happy, apply the result. The scribble effect is then added to the fill and stroke. However, you can move the scribble so it is only applied to the fill or the stroke and not both and you can also add the scribble or another scribble effect to an additional number of fills and strokes. To do this, go to the window menu and select the appearance panel


With the appearance panel open, you will see the scribble line, select the right side of the entry and drag and drop onto the fill or the stroke. Also go to the right side menu of the appearance panel and select add a fill or stroke and then you can add the same or a different scribble effect to that fill or stroke as well as combining it with other effects in Illustrator such as blur or zigzag or transform etc.


If you decide to remove the scribble, you can simple select the entry in the appearance panel and delete the scribble.


You can also go to the graphic styles panel (also in the window menu) and go to the right side menu and create a new graphic style and all the fills and strokes as well as the Illustrator scribble effects and other effects will be saved as a style and you can then apply that same style to any number of other paths


The scribble effect does depend on the size of the path as well as the angle so if you change the angle of the path or re-size the design then you will see the scribble change and you may need to tweak it again via the appearance panel by double clicking the scribble entry and changing the settings again and again.


Once you have finished changing all the settings for the Illustrator scribble then you can also expand the appearance and expand the fill / stroke via the object menu. You can then manipulate the fill and stroke as required.


You can also use the scribble effect within the repeat setting where you can create a radial scribble effect and it is still live and you can tweak the paths in all kinds of ways to create all kinds of wonderful artwork, you can also use the repeat command 'grid' and 'mirror' also in combo with the radial.


You can also use the pattern command and make pattern via the object menu with the scribble path attached though it should be noted that the scribble effect is not live when you are creating patterns nor is it saved as a live effect scribble swatch in Illustrator.