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 them to bring a unique twist to contemporary designs too.
In order to make the pack I studied loads of real mosaics and developed the brushes 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 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 repeat patterns – perfect for backgrounds or for flooding areas with tiles quickly.
- The Border Brushes
Add authentic looking borders to your mosaics. 6 Different designs supplied, each made using multiple brushes – simply layer them up to use.
- 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 textures are seamless, so you can fill any sized area.
- A quick reference guide
This will help you quickly find the right tools for the task in hand.
- 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 brushes 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.