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Beyond the Live Paint Bucket Tool - Color your Image Traced Motifs in AI - Surface Pattern Design

DK Ryland, Illustrator, Surface Designer

Beyond the Live Paint Bucket Tool - Color your Image Traced Motifs in AI - Surface Pattern Design

DK Ryland, Illustrator, Surface Designer

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9 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Drawing Your Motif

    • 3. Image Tracing Your Motif

    • 4. Coloring with the Live Paint Bucket Tool

    • 5. The Offset Method

    • 6. The Coloring Book and the Fur Effect

    • 7. Texture with a Clipping Mask

    • 8. Texture with the Merge Tool

    • 9. Recoloring Motifs

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About This Class

Hi! I’m Danielle Kinley Ryland, a surface pattern designer and owner of Tiger Tale Designs. In this class, we are going to cover interesting ways to color your image traced motifs in Illustrator. If you are interested in surface pattern design, if you do not have a drawing tablet, or would rather hand draw and image trace your motifs, this class is for you. Sometimes image trace can feel limiting in terms of how you can colorize, so this class is meant to give you ideas on how to color in a way that is more dynamic and interesting.

For this class, you will need paper, a pencil and pen, Adobe Illustrator, and a scanner or a camera.

For your class project, you will be following along with the class by drawing a motif, image tracing it in Illustrator, then coloring it in 4 ways. These 4 ways include: the Live Paint Bucket Tool, the Offset Method, The Coloring Book and Fur Effect Method, and using texture to color your motifs. 

Music: Springish by Gillicuddy

Color Pallete:  Image by @ROTBLAUGELB

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DK Ryland

Illustrator, Surface Designer


Hi! I'm DK Ryland and I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer who specializes in stylized, charming, and quirky pieces inspired by nature and animals. I work with a wide range of techniques and programs to create fresh and vibrant illustrations and am constantly exploring new techniques. I love showing people what I learn along the way and am so glad you are here! 

Check out my Website to see more of what I do and I would love to be Instagram friends! 

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1. Class Introduction: I'm Daniel Kelly Ryland, a surface pattern designer and the owner of Tiger Tail Designs. In today's course, we're going to cover interesting ways to color your image, trace motifs and illustrator. If you do not have a drawing tablet or you would prefer to Handwara your motifs and then scan them in an image, trace them into illustrator. This classes for you. Sometimes image trace can feel limiting in terms of how you can color us. So this class is meant to give you ideas on how to color in a way that is more dynamic and maybe a little bit more interesting. Then, just using the pill color tool for this class, you'll need paper, a pencil and pen, adobe illustrator and a scanner or a camera for your class project. You'll be falling along with the class by drawing a motif. Aim is tracing it in illustrator than coloring it in four ways. You can upload a screenshot of your completed project to the class project section below. Let's get started 2. Drawing Your Motif: So we're going to start out here by drawing are motifs, and these were going to be the motifs that we use for our final project and just to experiment with and to mess around with so you can draw anything you want. I've chosen to draw a funky chicken on, and you can do anything at all, maybe a different kind of animal, maybe also funky chicken or a flower or something. That's pretty simple. Not so simple that it's only one shape, but simple enough that we can just really have some fun with it. So a couple things to keep in mind while you're tracing your image while you're drawing your image is that you wanna use a rich black pen or a dark pen or marker or paint. Um, because you want to make sure that it shows up when you go to image trace it. Another thing to pay attention to is that your lines were closed so that when you go to fail coloring that it has a designated space that it knows to fill. If you leave lines open, it's not gonna be able to fill in your objects. So here I have my outlined final chicken. All the lines are closed. It's in a deep, rich black, so image choice will pick it up And I'm gonna go ahead and erase all of the stray marks and Shea lines just so image Trace doesn't pick any of those up. Now what I'm gonna do and what I would like you to, dio is break your motif up into sections into different elements. So I'm gonna break my chicken up into feet into the body area and the beak and the calm and make all of those separate elements. And when I do this, what I'm gonna want to make sure I do is close off each of those elements. So when I draw these feet, I'm gonna make sure that the top is quote the top of the legs were closed so that I can fill those in with color. Now I'm gonna go ahead and trace the rest of the elements of the bodies to the calm, the beak and the body. I'm all going to trace separately on the same piece of paper. Now, when I draw the body, I can draw the wing as well as the I inside of the body because it's not touching any of the outside elements, and you'll see why that matters later. But that's okay to draw inside or outside of the body. Either way is fine. Okay, Now that we have our motif drawn as one element and as separate elements, we are ready to go ahead and scan them in. 3. Image Tracing Your Motif: Okay. Now that you have your motif strong, you're gonna want to scan them into your computer or take a picture of them with your iPhone. Either way, uh, you need Teoh. Either way is fine, as long as you can open up the document on your computer. So here I've scanned in our funky chicken both as a complete element as well as a broken down element. So now I'm going to save it as funky chicken. And then I'm gonna go over to, um, illustrator and I'm gonna open up funky chicken. And now I have my funky chicken document. So the next thing I'm gonna dio is go ahead and image trace these elements. So I have my image chase button over here. If you don't, you can go toe window and then down to image trace. And then that will open that up for you as well. Or you can just click on this icon if you have it set up that way. So I'm gonna go ahead under preset and select black and white logo. You just say okay to this. That's fine. And I'm gonna up the threshold just a little bit, so that it makes the chickens a little bit darker, the lines a little bit darker. And then I'm gonna go over here and click. Ignore away. Now, if you don't have this whole thing opened, chances are your box looks like this. Just click on this arrow and it will give you the advanced presets and then click on Ignore Roy. Okay, so you can get rid of that box. And then if everything looks really good, all the lines a really solid, then you can go ahead and click expand. Okay, so the next thing that I like to do is click on this eraser button over here and just see if there's any stray lines that I need to take care of. And this actually looks pretty clean so we can go back to our selection tool and, uh, go up to object path and simplify. And what that's going to do is just reduce the amount of anchor points, which is gonna make the file a lot smaller. So if we go down to 90% that's already take. That's taking the anchor points down from 1300 to 360 A. I don't quite like the lines on that. So I'm gonna go 95 let's see what that looks like. Um, that looks better to me. So 489. So it's it's still, um, less than half of the original amount of anchor points, and I think it looks nice. So, um, we'll click, OK, and then we have our elements. Now these this is all groups together. So we're gonna go toe object, and we're gonna click hunger. So what happens now? Any individual element is going to be able Teoh be separated. So we're gonna group the things we want to group, and from for me, I'm gonna group this entire chicken together. So we go back up group and then I'm gonna group this I with eyelashes. So that's all one element. And then to make that and even more complex grouping, we're gonna group the I with the rest of chickens body and then everything. Well, we can put it together here to let's do that. So we'll just kind of piece it together. Very, very, um, carelessly. Honestly, Um, and it doesn't have to be perfect here, but at least we kind of know what it's gonna look like. So now we can group that together. Okay, so now we're going to go ahead and select both chickens here, and we're gonna hit command, see for copy, and then we're gonna create a new document. So go ahead and create 1000 by 1000 point document. You can control it over here. I mean, type band 1000 by 1000 points. I have it preset already to go. Go ahead and click. Create, and then command V is gonna copy those chickens into your new document. 4. Coloring with the Live Paint Bucket Tool: way have our motifs image traced. We're gonna talk about how to color them. So we're gonna start with the most basic way to color and motif. And that is gonna be with this tool over here, the life paint bucket tool. So I'm gonna go ahead and click on. Um you know, I'm gonna use this chicken first, the one that's not put together by a couple different elements but is one piece. So we'll start with that one, and we're gonna click on the life paint bucket tool, so that activates it. I know I can fill in all of these white spaces with whatever color I want, So, um, we can make our own color palette, but we're just gonna use what we have here. It's they're not the best choices, but just for the sake of simplicity, for now, So we can make the chicken. Let's say we want to make the chicken bright orange eso we're gonna fill in her body. Uh, this bright orange color and then maybe what you want to make her comb bread and her feet read and her big orange. And this is gonna be I think that a little later. This is gonna be the easiest way to fill an a motif. Right now, This I right here is actually not white. So if I were to put a box around her and let's say it's or design, so we'll go arrange send it back. So now you'll see that her I is is just transparent. So if you wanted her I to be white or color, then you'd also have to fill that as well. So you go in and you can feel that and and that looks better. All right, so this is the most basic way to color your motif in your chicken. So sometimes on and this is where image trace feels a little bit limiting because sometimes you don't want this black outline. So there's a couple things that you can do with that you can either change the color of the outline to let's say I wanted the same color as Aziz, her body. So I'm gonna go over here and, uh, sorry life paint bucket tool. And then I'm gonna go over to the color of her body and I'm gonna fill this in. So this is where we come into a bit of a problem in that it doesn't know it doesn't just color her body. It's also calling the outline around her feet. Maybe you want that effect. Maybe you don't but and around her beak as well. So it's just something to take note of that. This is where it gets a little bit limiting. And this is where breaking your chicken up into into different elements is going to make that piece a little bit easier as faras color isn't goes. So, um, one of the ways that you can kind of combat this if you have a motif, that's all. One. Peace is to use the live paint bucket tool and use no Phil and color in, um, her outline with then no fell. So what will happen there is that she just won't have an online. So what? You'll also notice here and this can be kind of a cool effect. It just kind of depends on what your preferences. You'll have this line right here that is empty, which can actually look pretty cool, but it just really, really depends. And sometimes you might want that black outline, so this might work just fine. Um now to use, uh, let's let's practice. Um, let's practice our live paint bucket tool on this chicken and see a couple different things we can do and how this gives us a little bit more freedom. So, um, we're gonna go ahead and go, Teoh. Sorry. Object under so that we can mess with her different elements here and color them how we want to. And we'll call her the same way just for the sake of simplicity. So we'll go back to that life paint bucket tool and then, yeah, that's her color. We're gonna feel that an And then we're gonna fill in her outline in the same color that we just feel their body in. Okay. And then we're gonna take her beak, and we're gonna, um, fill it in with this with this orange and then also filling the outline. And then we're gonna take her calm and we're going Teoh, fill it in with that red color and out like and then we're going. Teoh, do the same thing with her feet. Okay, so once you have her all colored in and filled in, then you can put her elements back together. Her body back together, and when you do that, you can kind of color her. However, you want to color her without that space that's created over here, right? So this is my preferred method. While I'm using Image Trace and I'm just using fill color, I think it gives you a lot more options, but it just kind of depends on what you need it for, what you're using it for. So go ahead and mess around with this. Get creative. Use a life paint bucket tool and filling your motif however you want. Pick your favorite one, whether it's the solid chicken or whether it's the chicken broken down into elements or whatever your motive might be. Maybe it's a flower. Maybe it's a different animal. Whatever you want to do is totally fine. Um, but pick your favorite one and then which I would say, this one's my favorite one, and then go ahead and put it in the upper Webb sees. Get a group that first and then go ahead and put that in the upper left hand quadrant of your page. 5. The Offset Method : No way we're going to go beyond the life paint bucket tool to color our object. And this next one is when I like to call the offset method. So it's still pretty simple and pretty similar, but it gets just a little bit more visual interest. So the first thing we're gonna do is go back to our folky chickens that we image traced in , and we're gonna command see to copy them and then command V to paste them into this document here. So let's say to start with, just to keep things simple that we want our chicken Teoh be all one color in this instance . So we're going to start with the chicken that is whole that is not broken down into elements. And we're going Teoh, select it and then command, see and then command F. So what's that that's going to do is put a chicken in front of our original chicken. So if we were to move these, you'd see there's two copies. So, um, Morgan, we're going to select the top chicken and we're gonna color it all one color. Let's say we want it that, um, the orangey red color again So we're going Teoh color the outline as well as the fill that color. And then we're gonna take our life paint bucket tool, and we're gonna fill it in. So it's all one color and any of those little small spaces we're gonna fill in as well. So the next thing that we're gonna dio is count five strokes over. So we're gonna use our arrows to move this chicken, and it doesn't really matter which way. So I'm just gonna go to the left. 55 notches. 12345 And then down 512345 So now it's offset. So I'm gonna select the chicken in the back Now way go. And I'm going to say object a range from the front. And that gives me this offset. Pretty cool. A little look here, almost a little bit Retro. You can kind of see it on kitchen towels, probably on. And then we can We can make this outline any color we want. We can get really crazy with it, but it's kind of a need effect, and we can do the same thing with with this chicken over here and have, although elements color different colors, so we'll color in the same as we did before and go from there. So do this, Tom. - So something you can also do here and that I'm doing on this round that I didn't do in the last round is that if I want this outline to be a certain color, I don't necessarily have to color Philip. I can just select it and then come over here and select the color that I want it to be. So I can just click on that and you'll see that the beak has now turned warned, so don't necessarily have to color feel that. But I do have to color fill the middle of it. So let me go over here and we get the feet. We'll do the same thing with the with Phil on these. Okay? So this chicken looks a lot like the first chicken, and and I'm also going Teoh, um, fill in the eye here. So, actually, let's just go ahead and click quick this color, and then we just have to fill in all the white parts. So our bottom chicken should be all a solid color for this method. So then we're going to select it all and we're gonna group. And then let's take this outlined chicken. I pressed Comey and see command after copy and paste in front. And then I'm gonna move that chicken than a copied right in front of this chicken. Know what you're going to see is that the outlines air just a tad bit different because when I traced, I didn't do it perfectly. But that's OK because it gives it a little bit more character, I think so. Just make sure that's a little bit more lined up and then go ahead and group it again and then place the chicken on top. Okay, And then we can do the same thing, Will go, uh, I'll go the other way this tense. I'm gonna go to the right. 1234512345 And this one because it's off. I might go a little bit further this way, and I can kind of mess with where I want that offset to be. There's no rules on that, so I get the same kind of affect here, But, um, one is a solid color and the other one once again has a little bit more option and on has a couple different colors that I can incorporate so I can go ahead and group these select all and group and same thing here, select all and group. And then once you have those filled in and you messed colors and, uh, you're satisfied with your motif, then go ahead and pick whichever one you like best, and then put it in the upper right hand corner of your of your page. 6. The Coloring Book and the Fur Effect: Okay, so now we're going to take it one step further than the offset coloring. And we're going to do what I like to call the coloring book effect. I think this one's really fun and adds a lot of character. So we're gonna go over to our original chickens that we image traced, and we're going to happy them command. See? And then we're going to paste them in our other document community, Uh, will work in this corner down here, so we'll start with the, um, whole chicken and hope it This one that we pieced together over here, and we're going Teoh, select Theis Chicken. And we're going to command C command V copy and paste it, and we're gonna have two copies of the same chicken. So we'll start with, um, the one that we're going to color, and we're going to select it, object on group so that we can go in and we can delete any pieces, um, that are not touching and that are not part of the outline. So the eid eyelashes and the wing, So now we're gonna color it from here with the fact that we're gonna use that just works a lot. Better not have those little details. You can mess with that and see what it looks like with them as well. And we didn't do that over here, but we totally could as well. It just doesn't really matter for that one, because you can't really see it. So you're going to select this chicken color is that deep orangey color. And then we're gonna fill in with our life paint bucket tool, all of its elements. So we've got this read chicken, and then we're gonna put our outline on top of it. And so now it just looks like a field in chicken. So we're gonna select that red chicken in the back and we are going to go over to effect and distort and transform and then roughen okay, when a quick preview and it's gonna get really crazy for a second. And we're gonna take this size all the way down Teoh one, and then we're gonna take the detail all the way down to one, and then we're going to click on smooth instead of corner and then we'll click. Okay, So what this kind of does is gives this cute little coloring book effect. And it almost looks like a little kid went in and was trying Teoh stay within the lines and couldn't quite stay within the lines. Andi just is, is a little bit quirky and a little bit a little bit more fun and something else I want to show you. So if I wanted any aspect of it to be on any aspect of the chicken to be a different color , anything that's enclosed, like the calm or the beak or the I, I can go ahead and do that by using isolation mode. So I'm gonna go ahead and double click on the I, and then I'm gonna select it, and I'm gonna go to my life paint bucket tool, but a white and I'm gonna fill in those little pieces that I want to keep white. There we go. And then I'm gonna click outside of the chicken and will take me out of isolation mode. And then I just think that looks better. So, um, that there is the coloring book effect, and now we're gonna go over to our other chicken here that's pieced together, and we're gonna dio kind of a fuzzy for or I guess, feather in this case effect. So instead, every coloring Well, let's recover it. Okay, so we're gonna do the same thing, gonna select the chicken, We're going to copy it and paste it. And then we have, um, the second copy of the chicken. So we'll leave that one, and then we will go ahead and use. We'll go ahead and use this one and will color this one. And so let's go ahead and on group it objects on group we're gonna select. We're gonna erase the eye. And this one, too. We have to remember that one again. It's double grouped. So we're going to select the I the way that you want to delete the wing. And then we're gonna color the same as we did all the other chickens. So no, get his feet. Let's run color here. Here we go. And if you want to know how I'm going back to my selection tool, I'm just hitting. Be so once I'm done with my life paint bucket tool. I just had to be, and it puts me back in my section so I can go over here and click on this as well. Hitting hating B is just faster. Fill this crying and the beak. Okay, so now we've got this colored in chicken, and then we're gonna do the same thing. We're gonna put this right on top. Now, if you don't like how these look, you can always Oops. Remember this too. You can select the feet and then move them down so that they look better. And you can also, you know, a just and play with him a little bit. So that so strange. So, um, we're gonna go ahead and select the body, and we're gonna go back up to, in fact, distorting transform Ruffin preview gets crazy again, and we're gonna go. We're gonna dio size down 1% again, and then detail, we're gonna go crazy. We're going opposite, and we're gonna go 100. So what this does is give almost a for effect. So with animals and things like that, it's kind of a cool effect. Have, um, and will keep it on the corners. Smooth. I mean, you can't really talk if the details this mom. So then we're gonna click. OK, I'm gonna go ahead and color this I and again. I'm going to isolation mode, click on it and then filling visible spots that I'd like to keep white. And that's kind of a fun way to do it as well. So another thing I'd like to show you with this is that if you like that furry look, But you don't like having the outline going on, then you can go ahead and take that off and you can take the outline off of and delete all of these little pieces, right? And you can go ahead and I'm group this so that you can grab the I and then put her here, and then you can grab the wing and put it right there and just delete that. So now I think that's a cuter look where you've got the for look. And then it looks a little bit better without the outline, in my opinion. And I like the coloring book one with, um with the outline. But you can just kind of play with what? What you think looks best on yours 7. Texture with a Clipping Mask: Okay, Now we're going to move on to our fourth and final way of coloring and image traced motif. So we're gonna go up here and we're gonna grab our, uh, chicken or motif that we filled in with the fill color tool and thistles. The one that has separate elements. Right. So the feet are separated in the coma, separate in the beak, and we're gonna go ahead and command, see? Copy and then command V paste. And we're gonna put that chicken right down here. This last way of coloring your motif is gonna be the most complicated, cause we're gonna use textures. So, um, let's go ahead and grab this whole thing and copy and paste again and just use and put this one over here because we're gonna go over a couple different ways to use textures. Now, the first way we're gonna use eyes, a clipping mask and what's nice about using a clipping mask is that it's edit herbal later on, so it gives you a little bit more flexibility. What's not so nice about a clipping mask is that it can make your file quite large if you use a lot of them or it's in a pattern that's repeated over and over again. Sometimes you're going really slow down illustrator and bobbed on your computer, so I'll teach you another way to use texture that isn't so cumbersome, but it's just a little bit less flexible. So on this first chicken, we're gonna go ahead and use that clipping mask method. So down here I have different textures that I made. You can see there's three of the same through the same than another one for what we're gonna dio. If you do not know how to make textures, you can go on to creative market and on by them pretty cheap on day have bundles that have all different kinds of textures or you can make them. But if you don't know how to, then you know that's a different class. So for now, we're gonna start with the comb. So let's go ahead and put the calm down here. And the first thing I'm going to do with this comb is I am going to go over to my life feel bucket tool, and I'm gonna, um, fill in the outline with a no fill color on. Then I'm gonna go up to object and expand and then object. Feel and stroke. I'm gonna click. OK, so then I'm gonna with that object still highlighted. I'm gonna go ahead and arrange sent back. Okay, so now I'm going to kind of see what that texture is gonna look like on top of my comb. And if I want that texture to be just a little bit more, um, sick. I can make the texture smaller. I could move the texture around and find a spot that I like, how the texture looks on on the comb. Okay, so this, actually this area is really full. So let's try that. Okay. Cool. Um, so then I'm gonna go ahead and select my calm again. I'm gonna say command C and command f now that pasted the comb in front of the other comb. But my texture is still in front of both of them. So right now my top comb is selected, and with that selected, I'm going to go over to object, arrange, bring different. Okay, so that's gonna put it on top of the texture. So right now I have the original comb, and then the texture and then the comb that I just copied. So, um, the two combs are sandwiching the texture, which is what you want. OK, so now I'm gonna go ahead and click on my calm and I'm gonna hit shift so I can also select me texture. I'm gonna go down object clipping, mask and make. Okay, So now that's gonna make that texture for me. What that did was turned that original comb into a transparency, and then the texture shows on top. So these are two separate entities rape, so I can put that right on top, and I can, and then I can I can edit this texture so I can go in. Let's say I don't like the black on the red and so I'm gonna go ahead and double click on the texture, and that's gonna put me in isolation mode and I'm gonna Let's say I'm gonna change it white . OK, I'm going to double click outside of that texture. And now that's changed the color of the texture. So, um, I can go ahead and let's see what that looks like on top of our chicken. So we're gonna mover up here, and now she has this super cool comb that's textured, so that looks pretty cool. So now a couple other things I can do here if I just want this texture or let's say I want to make this texture, even mawr debts, So I'm gonna make it smaller and move it on top so I can kind of edit and do anything I want, as long as I'm in isolation month and kind of move it around. Maybe I don't like the placement of it, and I can. I can kind of get it from here. Um, let's say that I actually just want the comb to to be a texture. Usually you need something a little bit thicker than this texture, but we can try it. So I've got, um, I got this one here and let's say I want to get rid of, um, get rid of the what? Sorry. Let's go back in isolation moan and let's turn this into the color. You want it? Let's say orange. That's fine, Um, and that looks pretty cool, too. But let's say I want to get rid of this red one altogether and delete it, and I just want the comb to be a texture. I don't want it to actually have a fill. I can also do that. Right. But you can see because the texture is not very thick. That doesn't look. It's good. We can try it with a different texture that might look a little bit better so we can leave it. Um, we can leave it like this for now. And if you want them to stay attached, you can just go ahead and grip. Okay? Oh, send that back. There we go. OK, great. Looks cool. So now we're gonna do the same thing with the legs. Um, yeah. Okay, so we're gonna bring this over on top of this. Texture will use the same one for the for the same chicken. So, um, let's go ahead and filled outline with the no, Phil, and then we're gonna go up and expand the object. Okay? Object Arrange sent back. Okay. And then we're going to arrange your texture so that we like the way that it looks on top of her foot save like that, and we're gonna click on her foot. Mm. Copy. Front commands. He communed up. Object arranged in different click on top object shift textured object object clipping, mask make. And there this, um, we'll go into isolation mood, and let's turn that texture. It's during that texture. Uh, who's this orange? That's fine. Okay. And so now we've got one foot being a and then we're gonna do the same thing with this foot over by texture. Here, Object range. Send back. Now, in this step, we can also click on our texture and change its color right now. Right? So if we just want to change it early so we don't have to go into isolation mode later, we can do that as well. Let's change the size of our texture over the top. Click on our objects. What's you forgot to expand it? We have to expand it expand and you can see some of these things can be done out of order. And that's not a problem. Okay, now we're gonna go copy front, which is community coming in. F object. Arrange. Bring front. Not sandwiching are texture. Quick honor for an object shift, click on our texture, object clipping, mask, make. And then there's our foot for other chicken foot. So let's bring that one over here a little bit bigger, too. Okay. And then our cute little chicken with her textured comb and her texture 8. Texture with the Merge Tool: Okay, so now that we understand how to use the clipping mask to create a texture look on, our elements were going to use the merge tool to create that same type of effect. Now, the main difference between a clipping mask and the merge tool is that the clipping mask is creating a transparency on top of our object, with the texture on the transparency and the merge tool is literally gonna cut the texture out of our original object. So I'll show you what I mean. We're gonna go over to this clean chicken right here, and we're gonna grab her comb, will work with their come first, and we're gonna copy and paste her comb. And we're going to use that copy on our first texture here so we can put it anywhere on the texture that we that we want. And we're going to go upto object and we're going to expand that object. And then we're going Teoh, click on our texture and we're also going to expand the texture and we're going to change the color of the texture. And it doesn't matter what color you change the texture to. As long as that color is nowhere else in your documents. So I know that I don't have any green and my document. So I'm gonna go ahead and change the color to green, and that won't matter. And you'll see why, uh, later on. So we're gonna click on our comb and we're going to arrange send to back, and then we're going to select a texture and our comb together, and we're going to merge them together. So over here in our tool bar, on the right hand side, there is a tab called Pathfinder, and under that there's a bunch of different tools. We want the merge tool, which is thes two solid boxes on top of each other. If you don't have this in your toolbar, you can go over to effect and go down to Pathfinder and then go down to merge as well, so you can find it in those two different places. So I'm gonna go ahead and click on that icon, and it's gonna emerge my two objects together. After I do that with these two objects selected, I am going Teoh or that one object because now it's merged. I'm gonna go ahead and on group it. So then I'm gonna click on one of these tiny little pieces of the texture, and I'm going to go up to select sane fill color, and it's gonna select all those green little pieces. And I'm gonna delete these pieces so you can imagine if you selected the same color is something else that was in your document. It's also going to select those other pieces in your document, and you don't want to delete those. So that's why you want to make sure that whatever color you color, this texture is different than anything else in your documents. So go ahead and hit, delete. And then what that's gonna do is create, um, cut out of this texture in in the car. So what you'll see is well, is that you're gonna have to do a little bit of cleanup. So we're just gonna select and delete all these pieces that that we do not want to be part of our calm here. So we're just gonna select around and find these pieces and make sure that this is really nice and clean here, okay? And if we slept, all of it will see some other stuff, and this is a little bit time consuming, but it's also pretty important to your document. Let's see what that looks like. Okay, There's a couple more pieces in here that we can get rid of, get really in there and see we're missing. Okay, Let's see anything else. A couple of things here. Here you go. And this part is a little bit of a pain in the butt. And depending on how complex your texture is, uh, this could be really quick, or this could be kind of time consuming, So we'll say That's pretty good. For now on, then we're going. Teoh, highlight our comb. That's gonna bug me. We're gonna highlight our comb, and we're going to group it. Okay, so now, um, we're going to take it back up to our original chicken here. And let's say we want this these to be a two colors, right? So let's say we want the comb to be orange on the texture to be read on top of it. Whoops. I have to bring this one different object arrangement front. Here we go. And now we can put them together. Okay, So now essentially, we're getting the same type of effects that we had on this original chicken or on the clipping mask. But now it's just that we have an object with basically cut outs in it and a solid object instead of a transparency on top of a solid object. Okay, so then you would go ahead and do the same thing for, um, these two feet as well. So I'll do, uh, the same textures for each of these. So I'm gonna copy Paste, put that one down here, and I'm gonna copy paste. And I'm gonna put that object out here. Okay? So we'll go through the skin real quick. We're going to, uh, take this foot and expand it. We're gonna take this texture, and we're going to expand it. We're going to send this foot to back. We are going to select both objects and merge them. Before we do that, we're going to change our texture to a different color. Then we're going to select, will emerge them. Then we're going toe on, group them, and then we're going to select same feel color delete. We're going to clean up object, - object , bring the front. We're gonna re colored this one. Teoh lunch, This one. And there we go. I see it's this. It's okay. And now I'm going to speed up through this last process. All right, There you have it. Two different ways to create texture on image. Trace elements of your motif. Okay, now that you know how to use texture both with the clipping mask and with the merge tool, the last thing I want to show you with texture is that you can combine different effects together. So, for example, this chicken over here has the, um the distorting, transform effect happening And so we can combine that with texture and make a really interesting look. So we're gonna go ahead and grab the body. Everything's on grouped here. So we're gonna say copy paste. And then we're just gonna get this piece and we're going, Teoh, merge it with this texture down here. So if you remember, we go back up to object, and this one's gonna be extend appearance because it has an effect. And then you're gonna have to go back in and expand it as well. And so the texture you're going to do the same thing. Object, Expand, turn that texture into a different color, Going to send the chicken's body to the back, highlight both of them and merge and then ungh group them, click on one of these specs and select same feel color delete. And there we have a really cool texture. So now I'm going to highlight this and they see there's a couple little areas right here that I need to delete going and delete. Not too bad. Go ahead, delete that. And I think that might be it. So then I'm gonna group it. Let's make it a different color. Just guess one right here, and we're gonna put it right on top of the other color. Now what you'll notice is that it's on. It lands on top of the body, But the I and the wing, our blood. So we're gonna she grabbed those, and I'm gonna press shift and select that I as well, and I'm just going to say, bring to front and then I'm gonna put this, um, body on top. So now I have a crazy texture and a crazy effect, and it gets a little nutty and you can really do you really go overboard. But you can also get really creative, so I really encourage you to play around with the different effects in the different textures and see what you come up with. Once you've played around quite a bit, you should have a document that has four different chickens in it, one that has used the fill color toe Sorry, the life paint bucket tool, one that's used the offset method, one that has used the coloring book or the for effect method and then one that has used the texture method, whether that's clipping mosque or whether that's the merge tool. 9. Recoloring Motifs : Now that you have your four motifs that air colored with four different techniques, we're going to briefly talk about how to change the color on these. You might have started with a color just to get it colored. And maybe you're not super satisfied with the end result. I know that thes colors that I used aren't my favorite there. Just what came to mind right away. And so we're gonna talk about how to use the re color artwork tool and how to essentially use a palette as well. So I'm gonna scroll on over here where I have uploaded a palette and this palette came from design seeds. So if you go Teoh w w w w dot design seeds dot com Uh, there'll be a bunch of different pallets that are there for you to use, and there are a lot of other websites is as well that are a color resource. So that's one way to create a palate. You can also create pallets from pictures or from scratch, but we're just gonna do the easy way right now because the coloring thing is its own, um, its own class. So we're gonna go ahead and draw a square here and, um, copy it and landed up. And then we're just gonna make, um, six boxes here so that we can color those boxes in with this palette that we chose from design seeds. So we're gonna click on the box, and then we're gonna click I or the Eyedropper Tool over here, and then click on the color that we want the box, because, V to go back to my selection tool, click on the block box here, quick. I eyedropper tool and do the same thing. And so I'm just gonna go down the line here and fill in all these boxes with the colors from this palette. Okay, Now, I'm gonna select all of those boxes. Go over here to my swatches panel, and there is this folder right here. And it's it's a folder for a new color group. I'm going to click on that, and then I'm gonna name this color group. So I'm gonna name this orange. Missed? I don't know. It's kind of misty. Sure, and press. OK. And so what that does is create this whole library right here of colors for me. So now I can click on any motif and I can re color using that, um, color palette. So I'm gonna zoom in here and I'm going to click this button right here. And it's it looks like a little color wheel, and I'm going to click on that and it's gonna show me the colors that air in my motif already. And I'm gonna click right here next, the black and say yes and click here and say yes so that I can recall her every single color you don't have to. Sometimes you want to leave that black and white. And so if you just leave those alone those the black and white pieces will stay black and white. So, um, I'm gonna click over here on, uh, my new color palette that I just put in and the changes my chicken Teoh to this just softer , more pastorally type color scheme. And, um and it'll just gonna do that for me. And then this button right here is going to switch around those colors and, um, and I can try all different kinds of color combinations here. Now, This dark gray color, I think, is gonna look best in this black slot so I can literally drag it back down there because I want that I and that wing to be the darker of the colors. And then if I click here again and I want to see what that looks like with the with the dark gray and I again, I'm gonna take that down to where the black used to be, and it will show me that again. And so I can just keep messing around until I find something I like. So that's say, I like this. I click. OK, I'm gonna say no. And there I am. I've got this recovered chicken. That's pretty cute. Okay, now I'm gonna go over here, and I'm gonna highlight everything that's in the box. That I decided I'm gonna have is part of my final project. And I'm going to re color these so I can click on one motif, right to re color it where I can click on a bunch of objects to re color them. So I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna open these up a swell, and then I'm going to click on my, um, color palette, and I can just mess around and do the same thing until I find something that I like within that color palette. Okay, so, um, I'm gonna click. Cancel it. I'm gonna show you one more way. So all of these air highlighted and I'm gonna go to my color wheel up there and let's say I like the color scheme, but I really don't like this color A Kerry. Just think it's too dark. So I want to see what it looks like as a lighter color. I'm gonna click on it. I'm gonna scroll around, find something that I think looks good and click OK, And then I can see what that's what the motifs are gonna look like with just a little bit different of a shade as to what I had. Let's say E want that warrant really bright. Now that's gonna tell me that that's off the charts a little bit. But I can just kind of mess around and see when I mess with these, what they're gonna look like, as I kind of changed the tone and on the color. So, um, I'll click. Cancel their mess around with that, find some color schemes that you really like, and then take a screenshot of your final document and go ahead and upload that to the project section. And I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.