A lot of times when I work with illustrations and designs, in CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT, I apply a texture. When I work on an editorial illustration for a magazine, and I feel it would be great with a grunge effect, or simply any contrast to the image, a texture can sometimes lift the illustration that little extra nudge.
Just recently I made an editorial illustration for Sweden’s 6th largest magazine ”Kollega” (Collegue a magazine for one of the large Unions in Sweden). The article was about listening to music while you work. If it was a hit or not.
I wanted to make a happy coloured illustration, with a background with lines, like a pen-stroke moving around creating a sort of pattern. I did that pen stroke by simply using my Wacom Intuos 4 tablet pen and draw it freehand. But I also wanted to add something else as a finishing off, that extra flavor. And that became the texture applied to most of the image.
Detail of the illustration showing the texture applied, Illustration by Stefan Lindblad
I create my own textures. I many times go out with my camera and take photos of concrete walls, dirt, streets tarmac and so forth. Then bring them in and work on them in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, and later add them to images and designs in both CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT.
For this illustration I used one of the textures I previously made, and I happen to sell it in a little Texture Package for a modest price to say the least, you can view it here on my own online store. Would you buy it, its half the price of a coffee. It is a DOWNLOAD product. Pay with any card or account via PayPal. Select currency in the top menu (Click English flag in the menu if the text is not in english, store is bilingual) ”Corel PHOTO-PAINT & CorelDRAW Texture Pac 1”
Anyway, I made the texture with a transparent background, so when I apply the texture it is versatile to use. Easy to move around and place it where I felt best fitted. The texture I make are always of a higher resolution, never 72 dpi, so that I can comfortably use them in a high-resolution image which is needed for an editorial illustration in a paper magazine. Would I need only 72 dpi I can easily resample it afterwards.
This illustration was made entirely in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, so what I did was to place the texture on a separate Object (layer) in the Obejcts Docker. I changed the colour of the texture, and played around with Merge Mode multiply, but finally settled with only using Opacity. To make it lighter, not to bold, and transparent.
When all that was done, I Exported it to a TIFF (300 dpi) file, CMYK and sent it to my magazine client, Art Director.
Illustrator, graphic designer