Happy June! Here in Atlanta, it definitely feels like summer has arrived, and by summer, I mean ridiculous amounts of sticky humidity. Outside of popsicles, which we’ve already created, I was brainstorming another symbol of summer that represents refreshment (instead of stickiness), and for whatever reason (I’m landlocked by a minimum of 4 hours and I’ve never surfed before), a surfboard came to mind. Not only do surfboards represent warmth, summer and refreshment, but they’re also a designer’s dream to work on (fun culture aspect + big canvas). So this week, we’re going to create some super easy, vector paint streaked surfboards in Illustrator using my newest design assets: paint streak textures, 2 of which I’m giving away for free! 

This week’s tutorial covers:
– creating a more complex shape with simple shapes
– masking raster textures within a vector shape
– repositioning masked textures
– using the pathfinder palette to unite and divide shapes
– creating and using a compound path with a vector clipping mask

You can download the 2 freebie paint streak textures here (preview of full set below!):

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All textures come as high res, 300dpi jpgs and transparent pngs. The longest side of every texture is at least 2000px for easy use on larger applications 🙂

How to Create a Vector Paint Streaked Surfboard

The full, 55 piece paint streak pack including 35 abstract shaped textures, 15 circular textures and 5 wave shaped textures (available on gumroad + Creative Market):

mega paint streaks pack preview

 

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  • Brilliant! I learned so many Ai techniques in just one video. Thanks, Teela!

      • Hey thanks was quick and easy thanks TEELA

  • Thanks for all the effort you’ve done just for us!!!
    I really appreciate it :D, I have really learned so much thanks to you !

  • I just have a quick question, want font is it that you use for your website (the part that says every tuesday on the top of your page). Thanks for all your help!!

  • thanks to teaching me some things unique…

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