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How to Create Vector Wooden Texture with WidthScribe and Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Illustration/ Comments: 0
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In today’s tutorial we will take a look at a new way of creating vector wooden texture in Adobe Illustrator. The technique that is covered here has become possible thanks to the use of the WidthScribe plug-in that allows you to work efficiently with variable width paths. Have fun and enjoy our new tutorial!

Step 1

Wood texture has strongly pronounced fibers. These are annual rings, which in longitudinal section may look like ellipses. Let’s create a basis for future texture. Draw two ellipses with the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), as shown in the following picture.

Select the created objects, then go to Object > Blend > Make. Now go to Object > Blend > Blend Options … and set the required amount of specified steps in the dialog box.

Using this technique, create another blend object, which also consists of two ellipses.

Step 2

Select all the created objects, then go to Object > Blend > Expand. Now we have a set of ellipses of different sizes, which are located in different groups.

Ungroup all the ellipses, to do this, hit twice Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + G shortcuts.

Step 3

Color the stroke of the ellipses in a light brown color and set 3px width for them. Open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance), then add a new stroke to the ellipses by clicking on the Add New Stroke in the bottom of the panel. Color the new stroke in a brown color and set 1 px width for it.

Now all the ellipses have the two-color stroke.

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