In this section we will introduce you how to create the modern wood grain design in Illustrator.
Though the method is extremely simple, it looks modern! That is the sort of tutorial this is.
The method is really simple, and it is finished by making several wood grains on Illustrator and putting together these wood grains.
Now, first let’s look at the method to make the wood grain that will be the foundation.
Prepare the one wood grain that will be the foundation.
Using the rectangle tool, draw an appropriately sized rectangle.
Set the colour to whatever you like. Because it will become the wood grain base colour, let’s choose a light brown. For example, I set it to #736357.
Select the rectangle, and select [Effect→Texture→Granulated]
Open the [Granulated] menu, and set the density, contrast and grain type like in the above picture.
The above settings are just an example.. By changing density and contrast values, the wood grain design will change. Please set it to settings that make an image you like of the wood grain you want to make.
The wood grain texture is finished!
It has a fairly wood-like atmosphere, doesn’t it?
Now, change the wood grain’s colour and orientation and make several more.
Redo Step01~Step04 to make a variety of wood grains and arrange them.
The wood grain colour will change if you change the colour of the rectangle in Step01. Please reference the above picture’s colour code of several rectangles’ colours.
If you want to make the wood grains horizontal, in Step03, please change it to [Horizontal grain type].
Place letters and cherry blossoms as accents and it is finished.
How to make a cherry blossom on Illustrator without using paths is explained in How to Create Cherry Blossoms in Illustrator without Using Pen Tool. Please refer to that for the details.
The method was simple, but it is a considerably modern design, isn’t it?
The wood grain seems like it could be used for something like cards or business cards. By all means, please try it!