Use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use "Mesh Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon. This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6". It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
Click "File" in the top-left corner.
For this tutorial, let's click "OK". Now, you need to open a file with an image. In this tutorial, there is a file with a picture of an apple.
Click "File" again in the top-left corner.
Then, click "Open..." in the menu.
Next, locate the file by navigating folders. In this video, the file is in "Desktop".
Click the file and "Open" to import the image into Illustrator.
If the image is too large, you can zoom out of it.
Resize the image so that it fits your canvas. Refer to our tutorial on how to scale objects
for more information.
You can zoom in to the canvas if needed.
Next, click "Layers" on the right side of the screen. The icon looks like two overlapping squares and is near the bottom of the toolbar.
Click the "Create New Layer" icon. The icon is near the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window. "Layer 2" (empty) will appear above "Layer 1" (our image). "Layer 2" is highlighted in blue. That means that you are working with that layer, but you can still see "Layer 1".
Now, click "Pen Tool" on the left side of the window in the vertical toolbar. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to use "Pen Tool".
In this video, let's start roughly tracing the shape of the apple. You do not need a fill or stroke color as you are just creating a path by clicking anchor points.
Ensure that you've closed the path.
Then, click "Mesh Tool" on the left side in the vertical toolbar. The "Mesh Tool" icon looks like a spider web.
Create some lines by clicking the opposing anchor points of the shape. This will create contour lines within the shape.
You can create both horizontal and vertical lines.
Click your contoured shape and drag it to the side of your canvas.
Click "Eyedropper Tool". The icon for this tool looks like a pipette.
Click within the original apple photo to select a main color. The main color will be filled into the mesh.
Now, click "Direct Selection Tool" at the top of the vertical toolbar. There is another VisiHow tutorial on how to use the tool. "Direct Selection Tool" selects specific anchor points on your object.
Click an anchor point on your mesh image. Extra red anchor points will appear in cross sections around the one you clicked.
Now, click "Eyedropper Tool".
Click a color from the original image. The color will blend into the area around the anchor points.
You can continue performing steps 26-29. Hold the "Shift" key on the keyboard to select a larger area. "Mesh Tool" allows you to create 3D objects with realistic tones and highlights. You can use the tool in illustrations too.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Mesh Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
Video: Use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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