Working with Textures in Adobe Illustrator

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

Hamburger illustration showing textures

There are lots of different ways to add visual interest to a digital file. I’ve been inspired by some of the unique art I’ve seen on Instagram lately. Lots of textures and lots of originality. It seems as though the pendulum has begun to swing in the direction of a more organic look these days. Adding texture is a great way to great way to add visual interest and create a unique signature. The trick is figuring out how some of it is done, and that’s the focus right now. I’ve worked with adding simple textures in the past, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface when I look at some of the artists I’ve been following. This month I plan to dig in a little deeper and see if I can come up with some solutions of my own. At the same time, I’ll be attempting to solve some of the problems I ran into earlier with my textures. I noticed some of the blending modes I used earlier made my art skew a little darker than I would have liked. I’d also like to see if I can find a way to add more vibrant colors to my textures at the same time. My early attempts focused mainly on Photoshop, but now I’m looking into Illustrator. The technique is slightly more complicated with Illustrator because, as you know, Photoshop offers the ease of using clipping masks where Illustrator does not. The art shown here involves two different textures placed on top of the original art using different blending modes for each. I’m pretty happy with whats going on in this illustration, but for my next attempt, I’d like to try and push the envelope a little further. Stay tuned for more updates.

chameleon texture art by bob ostrom

This art was created in Adobe Illustrator using two different texture placed on top of the original image each with a different blending mode.

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