Quick Tip: How to Create Vector Grass in Illustrator
Creating a cool vector grass field seems easy at a glance, but then you realize you need to create a ton of grass strings with another huge set of green tones (assuming you want it to be green) and it all comes down to hours of work for a simple grass field. So what do you do then?
No worries, I am here to explain a really fast an clean way to do the same work in way less time. The fun thing about it is we will use only one grass string to create the entire field. Pretty cool, huh?
So let’s begin!
Create a new document of 600 x 600 px in RGB color mode.
Grab the Path Tool (P) and draw a shape like below. To convert an anchor point from rounded to sharp, click it again after you’ve drawn it.
Open the Symbols palette (Window > Symbols) and drag in it. A window will pop up – name it “grass string” and check the “Graphic” box. Hit OK.
Grab the Symbol Sprayer Tool (SHIFT+S) – the graffiti-looking icon, select the newly created symbol and create a dense mass of grass strings. Don’t worry about placing them right yet, just make them dense.
Hold the mouse over the Symbol Sprayer Tool and select the Symbol Scruncher Tool. Use a large brush at start (use [ and ] to increase/decrease the brush size.
Grab the Symbol Shifter Tool from the same submenu and nudge the extra grass strings that remained loose.
Grab the Symbol Spinner Tool and click-drag over random grass strings, until you obtain a chaotic look.
Grab the Direct Selection Tool (V) and select the grass created so far, then hold the ALT key and make a copy of it. Place it near the and switch to Symbol Spinner Tool to make it look seamless. Select both and hit CTRL+G to place them in a group.
Copy the group twice and place one in front and one behind. Make the ones if front larger and the ones on the back, smaller. Also reflect them (right-click > Transform > Reflect) and use the tools again to make them look seamless.
Go to Object > Expand twice, then change the colors for each set: the ones in front are darker and the ones on the back are lighter.
Select the entire grass, then grab the Eraser Tool (SHIFT+E), hold the ALT key and eras the extra bottom area. Hit CTRL+H to hide the anchor points and see what you delete.
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