After a trip to Sicily, where I saw some stunning ancient Roman mosaics, it occurred to me that there was no tool which allowed Adobe Illustrator users to draw their own mosaic designs. On my return I set about making this complete mosaic tile tool kit – it contains everything you need to create your own realistic looking fauxsaics.
In this pack I’ve captured the irregular, chipped edges of the original Roman source material (c. 4th century AD) allowing you to create stunning designs and illustrations with a sense of antiquity. However, the pack isn’t just for adding a vintage look – as you’ll see from the screen-shots, you can use these Illustrator vector brushes and patterns to bring a unique twist to contemporary designs too.
To test the pack I studied real mosaics and put the Adobe Illustrator brushes through their paces by re-creating a real Roman design – the bear image screen-shot.
Don’t worry if you’re new to Illustrator brushes, I’ve included full instructions and created this handy VIDEO to show you how easy they are to use!
The pack contains all of these fantastic components:
- The Brushes
A variety of mosaic tile vector brushes, all sourced from genuine 1600+ year old material.
If you are a tablet user, you’ll be pleased to know that a version of the brushes with pressure sensitivity enabled is included.
- The Seamless Patterns
6 authentic mosaic Illustrator patterns – perfect for backgrounds or for flooding areas with tiles quickly. All patterns repeat seamlessly.
- The Border Brushes
Add authentic looking borders to your mosaics. 6 Different designs supplied, each made using multiple Illustrator texture brushes – simply layer them up.
- The Seamless Overlay Textures
2 Stone textures and 2 grunge overlay textures – use these to flood areas quickly and add age and authenticity to your designs. The featured bitmap textures are seamless, so you can fill any sized area.
- A quick reference guide
This will help you navigate the Illustrator brushes, patterns and textures quickly.
- Example files
A selection of the preview images. Use these to see how I achieved the look. For personal use only.
A very thorough guide on how to load, apply and then adjust the Illustrator patterns, brushes and textures is supplied. This also includes specific tips explaining how I made the screen-shot designs.
This product is covered by The Artifex Forge Tools License. Read about it HERE
Please note! This product is compatible with Illustrator CS5 to CC.