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Library: Creative Design


Add a rough-sketch look with Illustrator's Scribble effect

Added on Saturday 4th of July 2009 09:23 am EST

Application > Adobe Illustrator CS/CS2
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
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There are many illustration styles that have come into vogue only to shortly fall out of favor. However, one that has remained forever popular is the rough sketch look. The casual expressive feeling that the style conveys allows the viewers a wide latitude of interpretation. But as simple as the style looks, it can be difficult to control. But you don't have to be a fine artist to achieve this technique. With a little practice and Illustrator's Scribble effect, you can quickly master the technique, as shown in Figure A.

Work with a few basic shapes
To start, let's begin with a few simple shapes. To follow along using our example, download the file from the URL address given at the beginning of this article:
1. Launch Illustrator and open the file, as shown in Figure B. To better facilitate working with the shapes, let's next move several to a few new layers.

2. Create a new layer and name it Inside, and then drag it below the Base layer.
3. Choose the Selection tool from the Toolbox and select the dark gray shape.
4. Select the gradient filled shape located below the dark gray shape, drag it to the Inside layer, and then lock that layer.
5. Create a new layer and name it Top Markings.
6. Lock the Base layer, select the remaining tan colored shapes, and drag them to the Top Markings layer. Then, lock the layer. Now we can begin to use the Scribble effect.

Apply the Scribble effect to the base
The Scribble effect adds a loose line appearance to a shape. Because artists typically use several layers of colored media to build up and modulate their drawings, we'll follow form. Since you can add multiple instances of the Scribble effect to a shape, you need to work with the base shape once rather than creating several copies of it:
1. Unlock the Base layer and deselect the Layer...


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