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Handmade Paint Textures for Designers & Illustrators

teacher avatar Jeremy Mura, Graphic & Brand Designer, Youtuber

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Trailer


    • 2.

      What Materials to Use


    • 3.

      Bristle Brush and Soft Sponge


    • 4.

      Cloth Scraps


    • 5.

      Using a Roller Object


    • 6.

      Making Frames


    • 7.



    • 8.

      Setting up Scanner


    • 9.

      Making Textures


    • 10.

      Applying Textures to Your Work


    • 11.

      How to Use the Tiffs in Photoshop


    • 12.

      Turn TIFF's into vectors with Image Tracing


    • 13.

      Thanks for Watching + Next steps


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About This Class

Looking for an authentic way to create textures using paint for your digital illustrations?

Join Jeremy in creating textures that you can apply to your illustrations and designs! I'll show you the process from making the textures using paper and taking into a digital format where we can use it in Illustrator and Photoshop. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Getting hands dirty with acrylic paint
  • The process from handmade to Illustrator/Photoshop
  • How to scan textures
  • Manipulating textures using adjustments
  • Using colour and bitmaps
  • How to frame an object with masks
  • Shortcuts and quick tips

You'll need acrylic paint, brushes, sponges or cloth materials, Adobe Illustrator (Free Trial) and Photoshop (Free Trial).

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Jeremy Mura

Graphic & Brand Designer, Youtuber

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About Jeremy

Jeremy Mura is an award-winning (LogoLounge Book 12) logo designer, Youtuber and creator from Sydney, Australia.

He has been in the design industry for 10 years working for both small and big brands worldwide. He has worked for brand names such as Disneyland Paris, Adobe Live, Macquarie Business School, American Express and Telstra.

He has over 6M Views on Youtube with over 650 videos uploaded, has taught over 80k Students on Skillshare and has grown a following of 100k on Instagram.

Jeremy has been featured on Adobe Live, LogoLounge Book 12, Skillshare, Conference, Creative Market.

You can follow him on Youtube, Instagram or get free resources on Jeremymura.com

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1. Class Trailer: Hey, guys. My name is Jeremy. I'm a designer and illustrator from Sydney, Australia. I just love working with textures. I love working and having that natural feel. It's organic, a bit of grit, a bit of grunge, I love that stuff. I want show you the whole process of creating your own textures using some acrylic paint. We're going to start off with using some acrylic paint and some tools like brushes, some cloth, some sponges, all that cool stuff that you can get from your local store. We're going to take that into Photoshop and create our own [inaudible] map tiffs. I'm going to show you how to create those using the adjustments and levels and all that cool stuff. Then, we're going to jump into Illustrator and use those textures. We're going to play around with some color and manipulate them and use clipping mast to actually create the textures how we want it in our illustration. For your class project, all you have to do is use the textures on the illustrations I'll provide for you. You can also use your own illustrations, which would be super cool. I'm going to show you the whole process and I'm going to give you my tips and tricks as well so you can speed up the process and that you can be a lot more quicker in Illustrator and Photoshop. I'm excited to get started in the class and see what you guys produce. Enroll today and we'll see you there. 2. What Materials to Use: My main store that I go to get some cool materials is Officeworks. It's cheap and affordable and they've got all this stuff I need. They got the paint, they got brushes, they got pens, paper, all that stuff. Another cool store is called Eckersley's. They are an Arts & Crafts store in Australia and you can find everything there. If you do not need any art and craft store you can buy stuff on eBay or on Amazon and you can get some cheap stuff that can do the job. Just find some local shops and try and get the materials that you need just to start this project. The tools that we have is we have black acrylic paint, we've got edges of basic paintbrush, chips and you can find, we've got some rag or old t-shirt just cut up. I bought a sponge from the Officeworks. I got some tape, I got some scissors and I got this old postal box that I cut up so I can use that as like a rolling thing. You can buy a paint roller, or thermal roller at your local craft store, wherever you are. It's up to you if you want to spend a bit of money, but you can use things around your house. Just think of things that you can use that will be good to use for texture and to paint on. Now once you've got your basic tools, we're going to start off with. I've also got a cutting board here just to prevent the table from getting heap dirty even though I'm outside so I can wash this anyway. We've got some basic just ADJ sandpaper like that, like printer paper pretty much that we can use. You can get some, you know, art [inaudible] paper or a bit of textured paper, which can work a bit better. But it's up to you, because we're mainly just focusing on exploring and experimentation and just getting those dark black paint on there, which you can use with textures in our designs and illustrations. 3. Bristle Brush and Soft Sponge: What I'll do I'll use the brush first, so I'm just going to put a bit of paint on the paper [inaudible] over here. I'm just going to stroke. I'm just going to use the up and down strokes like this, test that. I can tape the paper as well. If your paper's moving, you can tape it down. We're just doing up and down strokes. I put a bit too much paint, but you can see how we're getting these opacity, a bit of these white specks as I'm going. I'm not fully painting the whole thing black, but I'm getting those nice translucent parts of it as well. That's pretty cool. I'm going to put that over here. I'm just going to go through and try different techniques. Stick with the paintbrush again. This time I'm going to apply a little bit of the paint on the paintbrush. I'm just going to squeeze. What I'm going to do is, instead of doing strokes, I'm actually going to dab. I'm going to start to dab. You can see this paintbrush has been used before, but that's totally cool. We're just using it for the texture. You can see this one I'm dabbing. If I have to apply more paint, you can always just go and apply more paint. I'm just dabbing. It even looks like leaves or like trees, which is pretty cool. I like this. You can see how the bristles are completely destroyed, but that's the fun of it. Some I'm dabbing, dabbing. I can go over the edges if I want. It's okay to get the bottom dirty. That's pretty cool. I like that. Awesome. You get like a tropical vibe, more organic, but you're getting those nice mixture, which is really cool. I want to just move this over here, grab some more paper. Good thing I bought a stack of paper. I can play around with the paintbrush even more. This time I just want to do side strokes. Instead of doing long strokes, I'm going to do short side strokes like this and see what type of effect it gets. I'm always just seeing what type of effect I can get. What kind of movement can I get to get a different effect as well, whether it's with the paintbrush or sponge or whatever. Then again, you can see from just doing the plain long dirty strokes, we can get these sides strokes and get a totally different effect just from changing what we're doing, which is super cool. Awesome. I've done those ones, you can definitely use those later on. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to move on and use this sponge. I bought this for two bucks. Came in a pack of three from Officeworks. Pretty cool. Even if I want to get a nice effect I can even chop around it. Let's see, cut these edges, so maybe I want it a bit more grungy and more organic. I can just cut the edges there. I don't want it actually to be too geometric. I want it to be like organic. I'm bending and just cut bits like this so we can have more [inaudible]. I've got a couple of spares that I can use, so I'll just get rid of this. I might take this one so you can just go like this and tape it. Then it's semi-stable there. Once again, I'm going to get the paint and I'll put it on my sponge here. I'm going to squeeze it a bit more. Don't worry if your hands get dirty, that's the fun of it. What I'm going to do with this sponge I'm actually going to dab. I'm going to dab. Sponges are fun. You can even just buy it. If you don't want to buy a sponge, you can just go use your dish washing sponge to be honest. It'll have the same type of effect. I like this sponge, it has a dusty sandy effect. That's awesome. We're getting a similar effect to the brush. But this you can see, it's a bit more different, a bit more wide and more round, more organic. That's cool. I like that. I can just bring this over here. Then we'll try something else. This time I'll just put a bit of acrylic paint on the board. The thing is, this paint only cost like 10 bucks, but you get so much in it. You didn't have to put so much. This time I'm just going to go and brush like this. You can do some long strokes. We're trying to get that grunge effect and explore what we can do. Even try it with the residue or the leftover on the sponge or what's on the object and try it on another piece of paper. You can see it becomes more lighter and it's not too heavy. That's with a simple sponge. Now you can do cool stuff with the sponges. You can apply harder pressure or softer pressure. It's up to you. It's how you want to create it. Make sure you have some space you need to place them on the floor. Now, let them dry out a bit because later on we're going to scan it. Another reason why I'm using A4 paper is because I have a small scanner, a small printer. So I need to be able to fit A4. I don't want to chop up a big A3 size. It's really useful just to use these basic A4 pages. 4. Cloth Scraps: This time I'm going to use this rag. I will just cut of a piece of old shit that I don't wear anymore, so you can see it is cut about richly with the scissors. I got the scissors and just grab there and cut it. I'm just going to put little bit, squeeze it lightly because you might get too much, and then see where this goes. You are going to be doing a dabbing effect again, so it lightly dabbing. Then I can move it around. Never shackle away your clothes unless you are giving it something like Vinny's or Salvos. Salvation Army, that's pretty good. I usually give away my clothes. Sometimes I just keep a couple of shirts for the backyard and stuff, and like now a museum for this, which is pretty cool. Once again, we're having a similar effect to how we had from the brush and the sponge. But it's never going to be the same. It's always going to be something different, which is like super cool. It's never going to get the same effect, and that's why we experiment. I'm going to put some paint on the cloth, pour a little a bit. I'm just going to go up and down motion like this, and do circles. It's like I'm rubbing the car, cleaning the car. I'm just rubbing in circles. Like you are rubbing the dishes. You can see that. That's cool. Getting some cool interesting shapes there, and that's awesome, and that's a little cloth. You can move the cloth around and experiment, and see what you can do, what you can get. 5. Using a Roller Object: I want to play around with this rolling piece of board here. Now, I'm just going to start to roll. I've tapped this one down because I know this one is going to move. I'm just going to use this. If you use a paint roller [inaudible] or less it'll be easier, but I'm just using what I found in my house. Let's see what it's going to do. I'm just literally rolling it, applying a little bit of pressure with this one. It needs more paint I might my flip it around. The page is bended a little bit but that's okay. You can see that's pretty cool. That's getting a nice effect there. Looking super interesting. You can see it's a lot of little dark blogs and then you get these nice little veins going through that layer, gets pretty cool. This is how I'm going to roll from this way now, see what happens. I'm putting a bit of pressure this time. I'm going to move it like this. Just moving it around, rolling it. Moving it around. You can see my hands are getting all dirty, but that's the fun of it. I like these subtle, these lot of shades here. I like this here. This is an interesting shape here, just pretty cool. Maybe I can even use that as a graphic shape or turn it into an illustration or something. I can play around. Just by using simple elements, we can create something really cool and you can play around. You can play around with actually even organic things from nature like leaves and dirt and stuff, and even apply that and see how that works. 6. Making Frames: Now what I want to do is I want to make one with just borders. I'm going to have a piece of paper. What we're going to do is I'm going to get another piece of paper and I'm going to cut this. I'm going to go around the edges. Doesn't have to be completely straight. I'm making a smaller scale square. This one, we have the tape, I have to tape that one. What I'm going to do is I'm going to go around and do the edge now. Because we have this paper on top, it shouldn't go through and we should just focus on the edges. So I'm going to different directions and we can see how some parts are lighter when we bring it into Photoshop and actually start to edit out the gray scale, and the grays. It's going to be the pure blacks and whites and that's what we want and that's how we're going to get back this cool textures. Okay, that's pretty cool now if I go ahead and slowly take this section off, you can see our effects. You can see how we got this cool little border here that we can use for our posters, or illustrations, or layouts, whatever we want to use it for. It's looking cool but you can see how some of these edges, because we cut it, hasn't a clearly defined edge, that's okay, we can go back and if I want to roughen up the edges a bit, adjust those edges a little bit to make it more greedy. Make it look like it's a bit more imbalanced with the shapes and the lines there did some others cut the edges corner that made a more of a diamond shape. I'm looking for the brush again. I'm going to go through, I'll only apply a little bit of paint to this one, some what a sandy greedy effect. Sweet, want a subtle one, take the tape off like that. Cool, that looks really well. 7. Experimenting: With this one, I'm actually going to crunch up the paper. I'm going to paint most of this black. With this one, once again, I'm going to just fold over some of the pages just so you can get like some weird creases in there. Just lightly. This one is just more of these creases. As you can see here we've got these creases in there, so when we bring it in here it might have a nice effect to those paper textures. It's all about experimenting, play around, have some fun, come up with some cool stuff, or anything. Just some cool ideas and things that you can use again and again. I found some plants, weeds. I found little lilies in my backyard. As we see here, I'm just going to start ripping up the stems. You can experiment with nature. If you find some bark or leaves in your backyard or weeds, we can take them out. Start to play around. Now I'm just going to dab. They are flying off a bit. You can see, obviously we're going to have to tape them down. But, I'm still getting cool little effects as you can see. Over there I've just experimented with this improvised. Obviously, it's better if the things are taped down because you can see, or if you had a rolling pin, femoral, it would be easier. But you can see we can get the outlines of the lilies and stuff. We can still probably use this, maybe as a pattern. It looks like a leopard print, which is pretty cool. But this is just some of the ways you can go about creating your own textures. From this we're going to jump into Photoshop and then jump into Illustrator and start using these textures and apply them and see how it can actually turn into a digital texture that we can use for our future design. 8. Setting up Scanner: I've placed my texture in my scanner, and my printout, I am using a HP smart. So this screen might look a little bit different depending on what printer you're actually using. I've gone to the scanner options, and you can see here I've got some presets. I'm going to leave the top preset on document, the page size, I'll make sure that is A4 because I'm using a full paper. The output, I can leave it on grayscale because you just want to grayscale for now. The source is fine, the resolution, we want to make sure the DPI is as high as we can go. So you can see these one could do 1,200. The standard ones these days do at least 600, which is the same. It just means we have more pixels in resolution. So you're going to get this little finite details in this textured parts. So we really need that compression under similarly one medium. What I can do, I can click preview, and it's going to do a quick scan. I can see a preview of what it's going to look like to make sure that it's incorrectly and it's not the opposite. So I can see it there. That totally fine, and what I want to do is just click scan. Some [inaudible] heard of scan is going to save onto my computer. Then, I'm going to do that for all the textures. I've created all the best ones I'm using. From there I can start to use it and bring it into Photoshop. 9. Making Textures: Once you find the scanning your documents at whatever DPI you could do, try and aim for the highest. But once you've done that, you should have your files here and they should be JPEG. I double-click it. You can see the JPEG here, and what I'm going to do from there is actually just drag it and drop it into Photoshop. If you have a specific size that you want to work in, maybe your Illustrator file is just a smaller size, maybe it's an A5 size. You can resize a document to make it fit that specific illustration that you're working on, but that's totally fine. Here's going to drag it in. You'll see, you'll get your Layers panel here on the right hand side. If you don't have layers, you can go to Window and layers to open that up, and once you've done that, risk on it to press Control J or Command J and it should duplicate the layers, now you the layout. Our unlocked the bottom layer and is called a backup. Incase we want to always get back to it, and then I can lock it there, and now I'm going to work with this layer here on the right, and what we're going to do, this is what we have. If I zoom in, you can see all the little data from the paint strikes there, which is really cool, and now what we're going to do is we're going to change the image method for this document. We're going to go to the top left image, go to mode, and you can see how it's an RGB color. We don't want that. We actually want to put on grayscale. I'm going to click grayscale, and I'm going to don't merge, cause don't want the layers to emerge, I still want this layer here. If I go back to image where you can see now it's a grayscale, and now what we want to do is you want to add a levels. A short cut for levels is Control L or you can go to your Layers panel and click levels here as you can see that or if press a shortcut. It's going to add it directly to this layer that we're using. You get these books about levels is pretty much the terminal values, the light in the dark, and you can see you've got three sliders here. The bottom one is the dark tones, the top one is a light tone, and this is the mid tone here. What we want to do is actually completely does blow it out, and I'm going to get the highlights or the top tones there and drag that in, and you can see the effect it's having, and you can see there, it makes it more lighter and subtle, and what I want to do, I want to bring in the dark tones, and you can see what we want to try and do is we want to highlight this dark bits service out. They get these textures. Now, if I slide this slide of the other way, and I do it this way, you can see the black dots are fill in the middle there, which is interesting. You can always play around with these sliders and see what you get because you're going to get different effects every time. If I drag the slider down this way, and I'll bring it to here where there is more texture. You can see it's like it's something that I like, which is super cool and then I can press Okay. You can see from the original, we now have this. It's high contrast was getting admitted. That detail that is strokes in there, which is really cool. You can see up the top p that, we got a bit of a white mafia, that's totally fine. We can actually press Control T and just scale it up like this to move it around, and also if this bits we didn't like, you can see maybe there's too much white beads here. What you can actually do is actually use the auto hill tool and actually clone another part of the image and put it on there. What we're going to do is I'm going to press J, and if I right-click on J, you can see I've got all these different tools, but we want to use the patch tool. You can see here the patch tool, and what we want to do now is I'm going to make a selection. I'm going to select this little area here where the white bit is. It doesn't have to be completely accurate, but this try and get the bit you want to change, and what I'm going to do is now just support my mouse over the selection area and left-click and just drag it, and you can see now it's going to put, replace it with whatever is on selecting, if you can see I can drag it over here, and it's going to add that bit there. As you can see that if I press Ctrl D to Deselect, you can see added this section from here and editor on the left side. We got rid of that mark but you can't tell now that it's duplicated, which is really cool. You can do that all the time. If you don't like certain areas, you just duplicate and mix it up, change it up, to give it that affect, which is super cool. Another cool trick I want to do now is, well, I'm going to press Control J to duplicate again. I'm going to call this layout inverted. Now, let's call this [inaudible]. we're going to use this layer now, the top one, and what we want to do, we want to invert this. Inverted allowed pretty much switches the whites and the black, it inverts it. You'll get a totally different effect. What I'm going to do is go to image. I'm going to go to adjustments and adjustments I'm going to press invert. You can see what it's done is completely inverted the black with the white. Now, you get a totally different effect. If you have a certain textural way, it's a big dark area in the middle. You can make frames with it, and it's good for like masking. If you bring it to illustrate it, you can put it within that section, which is really cool. You can see I've got 20 different effects. If I go back and turn this up, you can see you've got this effect and I've got inverted version like that. You can see super cool and they can use both of those. I like to do that with my textures, and this is just one texture, but you're going to apply the same process to all the other textures that you want to use. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to get back to this one that I created. I've like if I want to go back, I can press Control L maybe adjusted a little bit and play around with it. Make it more subtle maybe. That's cool. press Okay. I've got this. Now, what we want to do is we want to convert this to a bitmap, and what a bitmap does, it purely, pretty much, it gets rid of all the gray in the image and only has white and black pixels. If I zoom in, you can see that you're going to have white and black. What I'm going to do is go to image mode and click bitmap. It's going to ask to flatten visible layers and discard hidden layers. That's fine, just press Okay, and the output, I can lead the resolution the same, that's fine, and we want to put it on diffusion data, which is totally cool and press Okay. Now, what I have if I zoom in, you can see it's just white and black dots, pixels. As you can see there. That's all it is, is no grain that there's no like other parts in it, and what I can do now is I can go to File Save As locate when my file is okay, [inaudible] files in there. I'm going to put it in tiffs photo, and I'm just going to call this brushstrokes tiff, and we're going to save the file as a TIF, and what I'm going to press save and these settings, you can just leave it as it is. PC, it's not a Mac, If you're on a [inaudible] , but leave the rest of the same. Press Okay. Now, I'm going to go into my folder, go to the TIF than I just made, which is this, and then double-click because you'll see I've been finish up again, but we don't want we want to do now. 10. Applying Textures to Your Work: If you want to go to Illustrator, and you can see I just have a blank canvas with some color. I'm just going to drag these TIFF inside Illustrator, and the cool thing about having TIFFs is I can actually change the color of it. Just like this, super easy and useful. I can play around, just change it to any color I want. I can make it white. I can also scale it up and down as well, as you can see there and it retains all that detail in all the marks we created from that texture. I'm going to rotate it. I'm going to try it like this. I can play around with some of the colors. You can also go to your Transparency panel and play around with Multiply and other transparencies, as you can see there and you get different effects. I tend to play with multiply a lot and then I'll go maybe 40 percent to make a subtle background. I can also duplicate as well, so if I want an older option I can duplicate it. I can rotate it just it looks like a pattern, it's like always a bit more organic. I can change the color, I can change the percentage. It's really good for mock-ups, illustrations. You can add it to literally anything. It's super cool, super handy, and I just love the look of that. What we're going to do is you can just use the same principles and apply the same techniques we did with any other textures and you can get the same effect. I'm going to show you how to use the textures in illustrations, and you can use it for anything but logos or whatever. I'm just going to show you some few examples of how I've used them. I zoom in here, you can see I just did a quick illustration of this chimpanzee, and I've applied these textures. I literally just drag the TIFFs in, and you can see that I've applied some clipping masks, and you can see them with all of them together, it really adds that nice effect and it gets a cool style going. I'll show you how to quickly recreate this. I'll go to my folders where I've made my textures. I'm going to grab it, just drag it in. I want to make sure I'm on the right layer here, so I'm just going to go to this layer, lock the other one. I'm just going to position the stuff, you can see how I've made our border in A4 size, but whatever size fits you works. I'm going to change this to white so it adds a nice border. I can even play around with the colors and see what that looks like as well, which is pretty cool. Stick with that. I'm going to drag in some of these other textures here, as you can see there. I'm just going to scale these down a little bit. I'm going to use this one for the background and I like to change the same color. And then what you can do, you can add a transparency. And what I'm going to do, I'm pressing Control, Shift and right bracket. That brings it to the front. If you do, the left bracket it brings to the bottom. But if you just press Control or Command right bracket, it will just boost it up one layer, I'm on the right layer. I'm going to bring these, keep that at the front, I'm going to lock that, bring this to the back. As you can see now this one is popping up there, which looks good. Cool, like that. Maybe I want to go multiply, see what that looks like and make it a red. You can see that it adds a nice tone in the background, looking pretty cool. Now what I'm going to do, I'm going to select these, press Control two, so I'm locking the background layer so I just have my little monkey here. What I'm going to do, I've ungrouped all these shape here, so I can just use them and I'm going to copy and paste the shapes in front that I want to use. I'm going to press Control C and Control F. That will paste this shape on top of this one. If I just drag it out here and get this texture, I can press I for the eye dropper tool, select this brown. I'll go to my Transparency panel, you can go to window Transparency to get that up. I'm going to again, multiply and I'm going to drop the multiplication to about 60 percent or 50 percent, that looks cool. You can see how the paper that we crunched up uses the nice effect that it's like fading out. It's pretty cool, I love that. Then what I'm going to do is going to make sure the texture is in the bottom, so I'm going to press Control Shift, left square bracket, or go to Object, Arrange, and then you got those actions there. I'm going to select these two shapes together. Make sure your shapes are not grouped and it's just the path. I'm going to select them, go to Object, Clipping Mask, and Make. You can see the shortcut key is there. Once that happens, it's going to use the shape with the texture and make a Clipping Mask and now I'm just going to drag it. Obviously, I don't usually drag it off, I'll just keep it on, but just to show you guys what it looks like and that's looking kind of cool. You can see it got that nice vibe going there. I'm going to take this texture, I'm going to make a duplicate of this one, as you can see there. I'm going to bring it to the back. Select this, and maybe go to Screen. You can see that my texture is there. I'm going to select my shape, do the same thing. Clipping Mask, Make, and you can see that's looking really cool. And I can do the same for this one as well. Just to show you guys really quickly type of a fix we can get, usually I like using Multiply or Screen is good. If you want a light effect there, that's really good, and then drop the opacity down so it's not too harsh. Then once again, I'm just going to press F5 because I see the shortcut key and that's going to get that texture. If I want to move the texture, what I can do is actually press my direct selection, which is this white arrow key on the left T. I can click once in the middle of my shape, and you can see how I can see the texture and I can actually move it around. I can also press the V key once I've selected this and scale it down. I can also rotate it whilst it's in that Clipping Mask. If I'm not liking the way the texture is sitting, I can always just move it till I like it. I can always select it back and then go to my Transparency panel in the top here and drop the opacity down a bit, and that's how I've created this. That's looking really cool. I can go ahead and do more textures, all in other shapes, but I'm just going to leave it. It's super cool. Another way you can use it, as you can see here with these frames that we created with the inverted version, you can see what I've done here. I got the same thing with the Clipping Mask, which cuts this edge off here so it's not just straight, it adds that bit of texture like it's blending and melding in with the illustration. Then I've got the same texture in the back with the white there and just simple colors. What I'll do is get it, bring it in like this. I can change the color to white or whatever color I want and I'll bring my illustration, you can see how it's all grouped. I'll bring this to the front. I'll copy this one. Drag a box out, and then I'll use this to make a Clipping Mask yet again, and I'm just going to go blade on top like that on the bottom there. It's still within that white shape. There you go, that's how you do that, looking cool. Obviously, I can expand it and stuff. I can even change colors, see what that looks like. It's all about just playing around, using those textures. The more textures you create, the more experimentation you can have and you can see I'm just using a few textures. You can create multiple textures with only one file that you've created. It's super handy to do this. You can work with the Illustrator, you can use them in Photoshop as well, but so many cool stuff. 11. How to Use the Tiffs in Photoshop: If you want to use these textures in Photoshop, what you have to do, is you have to make selections. You can see I've made these abstract art piece using the same textures that I created, I'm going to double-click into my ''Smart Objects'' on the right there, and it's going to open up this file. You can see I've got some of the design, the textures on the right, I will just turn them off so you guys can see. It's just some takes in on the textures. Let's turn the texture off, and what I'll do, I'll go to my folder where I have my Tiff textures, and what I'll do, I'll drag one in, and just drop it onto the document. I'm just going to scale it up to match the size of the file. As you can see there, and then I'll press ''Enter''. Now you can see, I'm just going to move like that. You can see we have a texture. If I go to my right side, you'll see the Layers panel, you'll see this little object. It means it is a Smart Object, but we don't want that, we want to make it a raster layer, so we can actually make selections of the black or the white. I'm going right-click and click ''Rasterize Layer'', and now allow me to make a selection. I'm going to press ''W'', and this is for the Magic Wand Tool, and if I go click on the ''Black'' now, it should select the white or the black, whichever one. You can see up here the Tolerance bar, and if you increase the Tolerance, it will make sure that it gets all the dots, and if the Tolerance is on 1, if I make this selection that I selected. Because this is a TIFF and its all black and white, it's makes the selection really easy. What I'm going to do now, is I'm going to go to Layers panel, and click this ''Little square with a circle in the middle'', and now what it's done, it's actually made a clipping mask, and it's gotten rid of all the white pixels, as you can see there. Next time if you want the black, what I have to do, I can just inverse. I can press ''Control Shift I'', and it will inverse the selection, but this is cool. What I'm going to do now, I have that master, and I had this texture, what I can do, I can double-click on the ''Texture'' and do a Color Overlay, and when I talk about overlay, you get these box, and you click ''Color Overlay'', and then I can change the color here, to whatever color I want. I can press ''Okay'', and then you can play around with the Blending Modes to get different effects, obviously, I can just leave it on normal, and then now if I click ''Control S'' on this document, press ''Control S'', and I go back to the MOOC up, you can see it's added that texture. This is just to quick way on how to use the TIFFS in Photoshop. You make the selections, and then you can inverse if you want the white, or you just select the black, and use the Magic Wand Tool, is pretty much the quickest way. 12. Turn TIFF's into vectors with Image Tracing : I know some of you may not be familiar with using Tiffs. The thing is with Tiffs is the rose effect is all actually a vector effect so if you wanted to have a custom print or t-shape, you'd probably have to go back into Photoshop and save at a really high res with a lot of PPI so it actually comes through in the print but for web and stuff, it's perfectly cool and fine. But I want to show you how to quickly image trace your texture. I'm going to quickly show you how to image trace your texture so you can turn into a vector so you can scale it up and down without any issues. For example, I'm just going to grab this one. If you use the ones that are really detailed with the little white and black contrast then it's going to demand more on your PC or your Mac. So be wary of that. Also you don't want to do it when it's really big, you want to scale it down to make it really small. Obviously, you might lose some detail but it's going to prevent your machine from lagging. Make sure you scale it really down. Then when I select my tiff or my image, you can see at the top it says image trace on the top toolbar so I just want to click that and you'll get this box pop up. Once I do that, I'll click "Image Trace" and you'll see it's going to process it. It's processed it and you'll get this box. If it doesn't pop up, you can click this little button here in the top left little square box, two lines. Click that and you should get the image trace options. It's pretty much a bunch of pair ways you can do the edit so if I zoom into the texture, you can see obviously it's not retaining all that detail and the autofacting is not that good. It's organic but some of the stuff looks like stretched and stuff. It doesn't look too good but we can still use it. That's I prefer to use Tiffs, you can change the threshold. If you increase the threshold or pretty much increase the amount of black and make it more solid but if you decrease it, you'll make it a bit more organic, a bit more elastic and stuff like that. It will make it more loose, the paths, you want to pretty much bring this to a minimum because the more paths is the more anchor point so you want to try and reduce as much as possible because the less anchor points the less likely it will be. I want to also click "Ignore White" in this box here. I can also actually edit the noise if I bring the noise all the way down, that can actually lag your computer as well but it'll actually add more of these little final autofacting in detailing in this texture. I can always bring it up and then I compare with the corners if they are more rounded as well. Then it edits it, then as you can see when I'm happy with that, I can "Express Expand". Then now what I can do, I'm just holding Alt and using my mouse wheel to zoom out and in. I'm soon to scale this up holding "Shift'' to keep the proportions, I'll bring it into this frame here and I'll change the color and multiply it or I can even leave it like that. I'll just scale like this. Obviously, don't scale it like that, I'm trying to avoid that because I stretched it. You can see there I put the frame on there. It looks pretty cool, adding a bit of an effect. See, there you have it. That's how you can image trace your TV if you want to do in the vector version or you can skip and add to Tiffs. 13. Thanks for Watching + Next steps: Thanks so much for watching the class. I hope this was helpful. I hope you've you learned some tips and tricks that you can apply to your own textures and illustrations. I want you to go and click on the Follow button here on the top left corner. That will keep you up-to-date on all the new classes that I'm posting out so you don't miss anything. I want you to post your projects, even if it's just a simple project, it's totally fine. If you click on your project section, you will see that if you scroll down on the right-hand side, you'll see some resources. I've actually given you all the illustrations in an AI file, level C, giving you all the texts for free. If you don't have the time to make your own or you can't afford it. That's totally cool. You can just use the ones that I've made for you to make it really easy. Then you have a button here that says Create Project. Just create your project upload it and you can copy how I did here, and that will really help you retain that knowledge and help you learn better. Also if you can quickly review the class, that will be really awesome and I'll catch you guys in the next one.