Add a Texture to an Object in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
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    Clicking the Windows icon will bring up a list of your recently used programs. You might see "Adobe Illustrator CS6" on the list. If you do, click it. Its icon is brown and orange and has the letters "Ai" on it.
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    Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe Illustrator".
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    Then, click "Adobe Illustrator CS6" to open it.
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    Then, create a new file by clicking "File" on the bar at the top of the screen and clicking "New".
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    You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" and "N". In addition to that, you can open an existing document from the menu. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do these.
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    You can skip straight through by clicking "OK". Now, you have your document. We need an object.
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    First, we need to double-click the "Fill" color.
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    Then, make a shape by using the "Rectangle Tool". These two steps are shown in detail in another VisiHow tutorial.
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    Click the canvas, away from the object.
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    Next, click "Selection Tool" in the top left-hand corner of the vertical toolbar.
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    Then, simply click the object. A blue outline should appear around your object, signalling that it's been selected.
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    Alternatively, if you are working with complex objects within groups, you can use other selection tools to select specific objects.
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    After that, come to your horizontal tool bar and click the "Brush Definition" drop-down menu.
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    In the drop-down menu, click "Brush Libraries Menu" in the bottom-left corner. The symbol for "Brush Libraries" looks like a stack of books.
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    Hover the mouse over the "Artistic" option from the menu. However, you are free to experiment with the brushes.
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    Then, you can click "Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil". This will add a realistic or hand-drawn effect to the object.
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    Click the empty space on canvas. The effect will be automatically applied to your object. You are free to experiment with other options.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to apply a texture to an object in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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