Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Roughen Edges

Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Roughen Edges

In Adobe Illustrator, for Beginners, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Halftone and Roughen Effects.

In this easy to follow tutorial we will be halftone and roughen edges effects to build our cartoon character. We will be covering how to create a printed comic strip style character using roughen edges effect and halftones.

Anchor Point Guides

Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles.

Adding Halftone

We will be adding a basic halftone effect within our cartoon characters. We will be using the eraser tool to cut our highlights and light values.

Adding Roughen Effect

Roughen Edges will be a way of adding on a vintage look to your character or vector artwork that will mimic old printing techniques.

Inking your Cartoon with Pen Tool


Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using the Pen Tool

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

Adding Roughen Edges & Halftone Effects


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