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Collect, Make and Digitize: A Guide to Custom Textures

Brad Woodard, Designer + Illustrator

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15 Videos (1h 14m)
    • Introduction

    • Let's Find Textures

    • Get Your Hands Dirty

    • Scan Preferences

    • Tidy Up Those Textures

    • PSD: Define Brush Preset

    • PSD: Seamless Textures

    • PSD: Clipping Masks

    • PSD: Texture Masks

    • AI: Clipping Masks

    • AI: Bitmap Textures

    • AI: Texture Masks

    • AI: Art Brushes

    • AI: Scatter Brush

    • Save and Organize


About This Class

Step away from the screen, get your hands dirty, and make some textures!

Finding the perfect texture for your next illustration or design project doesn't have to be such a struggle. You have everything you need to make your very own, custom textures from things you can find all around you! In this course we are going to find and create physical textures that we can then scan into the computer to make a range of different digital texture tools! 

*** Free Brushes! Visit the Class Project section to see how you can enter to win both my SpaceRanger and Woodland Wonderland Photoshop Brush Packs on Retrosupply! ***

If you are interested in textures, this class has it all! Together we will:

  • Learn how to make your own digital tools from physical textures. 
  • Discover time saving and helpful tips to working with textures in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Watch and learn how I use textures in my own illustrations. 
  • Learn multiple, non-destructive techniques for applying texture to your artwork. 
  • Create our very own texture and/or brush packs that we can share or sell. 

Who is this class for and what do you need? 

  • Are you a beginner? Perfect! This class will walk you through everything you need to know. 
  • Are you more advanced? Totally fine! We will be covering a range of different ways to work with textures in both Illustrator and Photoshop, so chances are there are a few new tips and tricks you have yet to discover. 
  • The only things you need for this class are a scanner and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Textures aren’t just something you throw over a final illustration, they are tools that can help you make your artwork more approachable, tactile, 3 dimensional, and balanced. Let's get started!

104 of 104 students recommendSee All

Extremely helpful step-by-step instructions. Thanks, Brad!
Awesome Class !! Just what I needed. Brad explains sooooo many possibilities and so flexible. Thank you so much :-)
Monika Zwiefelhofer

Passionate Graphic- & Webdesigner

very informative with many techniques to make custom brushes and textures. A pleasure to listen to this inspirational artist.





Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas with my wife and two little kids. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all types of work, includin...

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