How to Create Fur in Illustrator CS5
It’s time to create your own Vector fur texture. This tutorial combines good techniques that will help you quickly and easily generate a fur graphic effect in Illustrator.
Create a New Illustrator Document, File > New. Name it: “Fur”, and give it a size of 400px by 400px.
Open the LAYERS palette (Window > Layers (F7)) and rename “Layer 1” as, “Fur Bg”.
In our “Fur Bg” layer, double-click the Ellipse Tool (L) and enter the following settings:
Fill it with (C= 35%, M= 60%, Y= 80%, K= 25%), no stroke.
Select the Direct Selection Tool (A) and drag the bottom point outwards.
Then, select the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and click the Bezier curve to remove it.
Open the BRUSHES palette (Window > Brushes F5) and drag the shape into it (this is the faster way to access the New Brush dialog box).
Choose Art Brush as the new brush type.
When we click OK the Art Brush Options dialog box is going to pop out. Enter the following settings:
Now that we have our new shape saved as a symbol let’s delete the one that we have on our art-board.
Let’s draw our fur area. With the Pencil Tool (N) draw an irregular square. Use the same brown color (C= 35%, M= 60%, Y= 80%, K= 25%) with an Opacity of 85%.
Here is how my shape looks like:
Time to use our new brush! Select the Brush Tool (B), choose the brush we just created from the BRUSHES palette, and draw each piece of hair around the “square” shape.
With the Selection Tool (V) select one of the brush strokes we just drew, and go to Select > Same > Stroke Color. This is going to select all of our brush strokes.
To convert our strokes into shapes go to Object > Expand Appearance.
Now, select all (Mac: Command + A / PC: Control + A), open the PATHFINDER palette (Window > Pathfinder), and select Unite to blend it all together.
Now we are going to add depth to our shape. Go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow and enter the following settings:
(I chose a darker brown color: (C= 40%, M= 65%, Y= +0%, K= 35%).
Now we are going to draw hair inside our shape. Select our new brush again, and draw hairs inside the area.
With the Selection Tool (V) select one of the brush strokes we just drew inside, and go to Select > Same > Stroke Color. This is going to select our inside brush strokes.
To convert our inside strokes into shapes go to Object > Expand Appearance.
Now, open the GRADIENT palette (Window > Gradient) and fill the shapes with a Linear Gradient that flows from a light brown (C= 25%, M= 40%, K= 65%, K= 0%) to zero opacity.
Repeat the process to create a furry texture. The more strokes we apply the better becomes!
Now we can use this texture to create a bear, a monster, a furry font, a carpet, etc… possibilities are endless!