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In the second part of the tutorial we will color the vector objects of the Clothes Zipper using traditional techniques, and create a fabric texture with the help of Phantasm. The Width Selector Tool (part of the great WidthScribe plug-in) will help us create highlights. Find out more at the jump!
Let’s start with creating the background. With coloring, I always move from the lower and larger objects to higher and smaller objects. This rule allows us to select a color scheme and set the direction of the light in the composition. So, create a rectangle with the help of the Rectangle Tool (M), then fill it with an elliptical gradient from white to gray.
Copy and paste the rectangle in front (Cmd / Ctrl + C; Cmd / Ctrl + F). Fill the new object with a light gray color.
Duplicate the object one more time. Fill the upper rectangle with a darker shade of gray.
Create a texture with the help of the Phantasm. Keeping the last rectangle selected, go to Effect > Phantasm > Halftone…. In the open dialog box, set the parameters shown in the picture below.
As you can see, we quickly created a fabric texture. (The effect can be subtle on some monitors)
In addition, the resulting effect is dynamic and you can always change its settings, getting a different texture. To do this, click on the name of the Effect in the Appearance panel.
Create a new rectangle with a radial gradient fill from white to gray, then apply the Multiply blending mode to it. Thus, we have created lightening on the fabric
Using the Pen Tool (P) create a path, shape, and location of which is shown in the following picture.
Select the path and three upper rectangles created in the previous steps, then go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make or use the Cmd / Ctrl + 7 shortcut.
You can read full version of this tutorial on AstuteGraphics.com....