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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!
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.
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.
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.
You can read full version of this tutorial on AstuteGraphics.com....