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Using Textures

Textures are one of the most overlooked . They allow you to vary the appearance of solid colors, patterns, or gradients. The organic textures add the appearance of paper, stone, leather, and other natural surfaces. The grid textures apply lines, other highlights to applied to a fill, you can of the texture.

To apply a texture to a fill:

  1. Choose one of the vector drawing tools or select a vector object. The Property Inspector displays the Texture controls in the Fill options .

    Figure 32 The Texture controls in the Property Inspector.

  2. Choose one of the textures from the Texture menu. A preview box shows the texture .

    Figure 33 The Texture menu with the preview area.


    There is always a texture applied to every fill. However, with an intensity of 0% the effect of the texture is not visible.

  3. Use the slider or enter a number in the Intensity field to see the effects of the texture on the fill .

    Figure 34 Different settings of the Parchment texture on a solid fill. As the intensity is lowered, less texture is visible.

  4. Check Transparent to allow background objects to appear in the light-colored areas of the texture .

    Figure 35 When transparency is turned on, you can see one texture behind the other.

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