Vector Textures in Illustrator
Textures in Illustrator are powerful and a great way to make designs pop. In this tutorial, you'll learn 2 different basic methods to work with vector textures in Illustrator. In the first, you'll apply a texture over your design with the option to change the texture and the design color; in the second, we'll knock-out the design using the vector texture while keeping the ability to change the design color.
But first, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the Vector Textures Pack that you can find right here at Medialoot: Download.
Open the vector file you want to add texture to and the Vector Textures pack file in Illustrator.
From the Vector Textures file select the third texture from the second row, go to Edit > Copy and then close the file.
Back in your original vector design file, go to Edit > Paste.
Select your design and go to Object > Compund Path > Make.
With your design still selected, go to Edit > Copy and then to Edit > Paste in Front.
Go to Object > Arrange > Bring to Front.
With the copy of your design selected, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and select the vector texture.
With both elements selected, go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
To change the texture color, double click over the clipping mask to enter on Isolation Mode.
Select the texture, set any color you like in the Swatches or Color windows and double click anywhere outside the vector texture to exit Isolation Mode.
To change the design color, simply select it and in the Swatches or Color windows set any color you like.
Another simple way to apply a texture in Illustrator, is to knock-out the design with the vector texture. To do that, once you have your design and vector texture (on top of your design) in the same artboard, select the vector texture and go to Object > Compund Path > Make.
With the vector texture selected, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and select your design.
Now, with both elemets selected go to the Pathfinder window (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the "Minus Front" icon.
Now you can easily change the design color by selecting your design and picking any color that you like in the Swatches or Color windows.
As the design is now knocked-out with the texture, you can also use it over any background color and where the texture was, the background will also be visible.