The Mesh Tool is one of the most difficult tools to use in Illustrator, which can illustrate vectors that look more like 3D or more realistic images. The Mesh Tool works by adding meshes on closed images, the grid lines intersecting at the points where different color patterns can be applied to create a vector image.
To learn basic information about Mesh Tool in Illustrator, read along with the article below of Taimienphi.vn.
Learn the basics of Mesh Tool in Illustrator
In this tutorial, Taimienphi.vn will show you how to create a grape using the Mesh Tool in Illustrator. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Turn the image layer into a template
Open your image file in Adobe Illustrator, then double click on the image layer in the Layers Palette. A window with a name will appear on the screen Layer options. Check the boxes Template, Dim Images and set the percentage to 100%.
This will turn the image layer into a template for a grid shape.
Step 2: Adjust the shape of the object
Create a new layer layer in the top corner of the original image layer and use the Ellipse tool to create a circle. Adjust the circle so that it is similar to the shape of a grape.
Step 3: View in sketch mode (Outline mode)
Next click View =>Outline. This will display the grid in Outline mode, so that you can edit the grid and view the image layer below.
Step 4: Open the navigation window
Click here Windows => Navigator, this time will bring up a navigation window. Here you can see what the grid looks like while still in Outline mode.
Step 5: Add a sample point in the grid
Click the Mesh icon in the sidebar, then click in the middle of the circle. You should now see 2 grid lines displayed.
Step 6: Add multiple sample points when object value / color changes
Click on the different lines of the grid to add new points, focusing on the locations where grapes change in color or value. The ideal solution is to make as many grid points as possible, so in this tutorial Taimienphi.vn only adds 5 or 6 mesh points to this grape.
Step 7: Use the Eyedropper tool
After adding all the grid points, the next step we need to do is apply color to each point. There are many ways to do this, in this example Taimienphi.vn will use the Eyedropper tool.
Click the eye drop icon on the toolbar, press and hold the Command or Ctrl keys and click the grid intersection point in the grid shape. Once your grid point has been selected, release your finger from the Command and Control keys and use the Eye Dropper tool to select the grid point. This will take a sample of color directly from the image and apply it to the grid.
Now look at the navigation panel and you will see what the grid shape looks like. Perform the same steps, select Eyedropper Tool => press and hold the key Command / Ctrl => Click on grid points => release your hands from the keys with all the remaining grid points to fill the grape in the grid with a color swatch.
Once completed we have the image of a grape. Click here View =>Preview to turn off Outline Mode. The image of the grape now looks like this:
Above, readers read along with Taimienphi.vn to learn basic about Mesh Tool in Illustrator. Also readers can refer to some articles already on Taimienphi.vn to learn about Shape builder tool in Illustrator and Stroke of Illustrator offline.
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