How to Make Hair Texture in Adobe Illustrator CC

Illustrator is an editing program that allows you to use a large number of tools, which allow you to edit in a professional way. In this case, we will explain step by step how to create the hair texture in Adobe Illustrator CC.

However, for a better understanding of this tool, we will take the hair of a cat as an example. We will also teach you the bases to be able to create the texture of the coat well.

Taking into account that in order to prepare the file, an image must be selected (in this case we will create the hair texture in the image of a cat). So then you must enter Illustrator and open a new document and insert the image . Also create a rectangle with a dark fill to set the opacity on the photo and it can be set to 50%.

Discover the steps to create the hair texture in Adobe Illustrator CC

A new layer must be created, and you must also “create some art brushes” with one or two pointed ends using the ellipse, free transform and vertex anchor point tools. To add this brush to the panel it must be added as an art brush and the coloring method must be in shades.

Later, to vectorize the fur, you must visualize which is the area where the fur will be drawn. The outer edges of the cat image such as body, head, feet, tail, and face are targeted.

You must select a style that in this case will be the backlit,  but you must determine which are the most striking areas. In addition, there are two ways to put the strokes on the table that are: zigzag movement or in one direction .

In conjunction when rendering the fur the « brush tool B» is used which creates smooth curves and lines. Next you must double click on the icon in the «Tools» panel to access the settings to increase how smooth the lines will be.

The hair image should be rendered in different ways, as there will be areas with longer hair and on other sides it will be short. So to do this we will use the pointed double end art brush with zigzag motion on the layer.

Next on the outer parts of the image, you should “create a new layer” for the lower coat, not adding too much hair.

Creation of background and outer and upper coat with Adobe Illustrator CC

You can also create “create a background” with shades not so black, you can use: # 0a0402. oAlso the outer and upper fur are separated by layers so it will be easier to alter the settings in the transparency panel.

Next you must select all the parameters in a layer and change the parameters to the following: Outer fur : Weft Blending Mode, Opacity 20%. Inner Fur : Weft Blending Mode, Opacity 10%.

Subsequently with the base coat already added, additional pieces are created in the same areas and beyond to create more depth. They should also be added in the folder of the inner fur layer.

Then it is necessary to “add areas of outer fur” but wearing inner fur to thicken the area that is receiving light. In addition, subtle strokes should be added within the area to give the impression of some tufts of fur. Then if you want to soften the lo, you can do it by adding thick strokes , but with a reduced opacity.

So you can add two-headed strokes with a stroke width of 3 pt, the other strokes can be set to 1 pt. Then to increase the contrast and modify the shades , add a rectangle at the top of the illustration with a dark beige / brown fill (# 998675).

Set this to color dodge blending mode to accentuate that contrast. Experiment with the fill colors to create different hues and finally save your illustration.


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