Add textures in Illustrator using Photoshop

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All right, so this is going to be a quick demo of how you can bring our illustrator lettering artwork into Photoshop. So you can add textures and add secondary elements. So I would highly recommend that you get your illustrator, artwork, your lettering artwork to a good place before you start adding some secondary elements. Because then once you try to change it back, it's just going to be harder for you to have to re import it and just change all of the things. So try to have all of your artwork to a good place before you start implementing and adding all the fun things. Alright, so this is my lettering piece. So far, I have only in black and white, using black and gray and then having this like really like gray background, your dimensions might be different than mine. But taking a note of like where my artwork is where my background is, the way that you can export this into Photoshop file, you can actually convert any Illustrator file into a Photoshop file. And the way to do that is you're going to go to File Export, and then export as, and then you're going to go to wherever you need to be for this, I'm going to go into, say my project, pretend this is like my project to post AAA and then create. And for select anything else, I'm going to go change the format to Photoshop, and this is going to say that as a Photoshop file, I'm going to change this to be today's date. Because that's how I like to name my files and then also with the design. So design, round one. I like to check artboards so that all the compositions would be there, and then I just click on Export color model should be RGB resolution, let's do high just so that we can maximize the amount of textures we add in there. And then for now, you can either if it depends on if you want to maintain the layers, that would you would check right layers. Or if you want to just keep it as a singular image, select flat image and that'll just condense all of the layers into one, you lose all of the different layers you might have created. So I'm going to do right layers maximum edibility, you can leave all of this the same. And then you can just press OK. And this is going to update this Illustrator file and save that as a PSD. So then I can go into my Photoshop file, and then I can open my file that I've saved. So in my projects project to post your play, and the PSD that I've saved from illustrator is going to be found on this folder. So you're going to just press open.

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Now, here's my artwork, let's take a look at the layers to make sure all of the things that I need there to be are there and pull out the layers. And see you can the all of the layers have been maintained in the Photoshop file. It even includes the groupings that I've created, but it also creates folders for every single group. So that's really handy artwork is on the first layer. background is on the background layer. And everything seems to be really helpful from here and you can use it just as any other as any Photoshop file that you want to add texture to. So you can use it in a similar way. But always add it to a new layer. So that way if you change things, you can always just maintain the maximum amount of edited ability to your artwork. So I'm going to go ahead and on this new layer, I'm going to get started on adding some textures. Alright, so I've gone ahead and I've added some textures. When looking at these textures, I'm going to show you, oops, the layers that I've done it so I actually had to merge it down to the artwork. And I have like a couple textures on new layers on top of that, and I have some layers at the very top. What you're going to do after this is you're going to, I would also hide the background. First of all, because we're going to import this directly into Illustrator. And we don't need that we're going to put this on top of all of our artwork, so we don't need the background, you're only going to include what you want to import back into Illustrator. If this is your artwork, and you're totally fine with this, and you can want to export this as an image that's totally fine. But to bring it back into Illustrator, you're going to want to hide the layers or delete the layers that you don't want to bring back. And in this case, I have all of these textures that require this layer as well as a top layer and a couple layers above that, so don't have to merge any Have them down. But you're going to have to hide the background layer, and then save this and then go back into Illustrator. And you're going to go to File, Place. And then you're going to select that same Photoshop file, I would include link because if you change the Photoshop file in Photoshop, it'll automatically update in Illustrator. So that will make it link together, and then place it in there. And your cursor is going to update with your artwork. So you're just going to click anywhere. And you can center this, so it looks good. And that will sit on top of artwork. And now your artwork is on top of it with all of your textures. So you have your Photoshop textures, as well as any of the illustrator work you want to do. And from here, you can start to continue adding new shapes if you'd like to do on top of it, or continue working on it. But that is pretty much a simple version of taking your artwork from illustrator, bringing it into Photoshop, and then coming back into Illustrator for finishing off. So hopefully that was helpful for you, including the textures. Make sure that you save all of your artwork, if you're not saving it to the cloud, make sure that they're linked properly and that you if you change anything, you can always revert back to your older version or a previously saved file too. So hopefully that helps and let me know if you have any questions.

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