How to Create Splatter Paint in Illustrator
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Adobe Illustrator provides a powerful tool for creating digital art. With the pencil tool and Artistic Styles feature, you easily make dynamic patterns and textures. Paint splatter is one Illustrator technique that you can use over and over again.
You can even make splatter effects and brushes for Photoshop to treat other digital images.
Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. The size and background colour are up to you. For desktop wallpaper, choose the size of your screen.
- Adobe Illustrator provides a powerful tool for creating digital art.
- With the pencil tool and Artistic Styles feature, you easily make dynamic patterns and textures.
Select the rectangle tool in the tool panel on the left side of your screen. Drag a rectangle to cover your document. You may want to zoom out of your document to see your rectangle better.
Click the colour fill box in the tool panel twice and change the colour to one of your choosing.
Select the pencil tool. While holding your mouse down, draw wavy lines over the document. At the top of your window, click "Window," then "Brush Libraries" and finally "Artistic Samples." The box opens on the right portion of your screen.
- Select the rectangle tool in the tool panel on the left side of your screen.
- You may want to zoom out of your document to see your rectangle better.
Click your pencil line once to select it, then hover your pointer over "Artistic Styles" to see different names. Find the style "Splash" and click it to apply to your pencil line.
Double-click the colour fill box and change the splash to a darker version of your original colour, then click "Okay" to close the dialogue box.
Select the pencil tool again and draw more lines. The lines should mimic the style and colour of the first.
Create as many paint splatters as you like in various sizes and colours.
Karen Adams has been writing professionally since 2003. At the University of Florida, she worked on the school's newspaper while earning her Bachelor of Arts in English. She contributes to many different publications regularly. Currently she lives and works in Florida and is a member of Florida University's Fiction Collective and "Tea Magazine."