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Brushed Metal Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Using Illustrator’s Gradient Editor and Graphic Styles, you can create a brushed metal effect that you can apply to any shape or text.


  • david says:

    Pretty cool…Have you all thought about providing a text transcript of your videos down below. Makes it easier for those of us who need to repeat steps over and over cuz we just can’t get it right. 🙂

  • tara says:

    I agree. Very cool tutorial. Having transcripts also makes it easier for people who are deaf or hard of hearing appreciate these lovely tips!

  • Elizabeth says:


    I am trying over and over again to make the steel effect but for some reason I cannot get the photoshop effect to work in illustrator. Am I doing something wrong? Is this just for CSI 3?

    Thank you.

  • Creative Gong says:

    Great Tutorial! It saved me from missing a deadline.


    PS. I couldn’t hear anything. The transcript comment is good idea.

  • Josh says:

    Is anyone else having the problem where it goes into an advertisement just before showing the effects being used and it never brings you back to the tutorial afterwards?

  • Kathryn says:

    I could not hear anything either?
    Checked all my audio settings and they were all working, so don’t know what happened?

  • Chief Cornplanter says:

    Really liked this tutorial, thanx!! However I can’t get new colors applied to the fill’s graphic style like he’s doing in the Text example. When I click the swatch it swaps the g.s. (gradient) for the new color. Tried holding down the Alt a/o Ctrl key but still not getting the desired affect.

  • wallis Parnelle says:

    Hows about a printed version of this tutorial, and a Quicktime version for someone to save, like you use to. My 2-cents

  • Michael Gydé says:

    I tried this and all went well until I tried to save it. It would not save because of a file error. I closed illustrator and restarted the computer and repeated my earlier steps successfully but now I can’t get the photoshop filter to work- it’s ghosted. I’m in RGB mode too. Very confused why it almost worked (except for saving it) and now won’t go at all.

  • Camryn Hernandez says:

    You saved me on my final for my illustrator class. Much more interesting than this F’n school man, thanks.

  • Mikaela Arce says:

    I love you!

    I’ve been using AI for years and have always adjusted effects for various shapes and things. Never thought to use an effect as a graphic style.

    Yup, smart cookie.

  • Alin Horhat says:

    This is a nice looking effect, except the fact that it gets pixelated around the borders. I had to choose a pretty thick line to cover that.
    The tutorial on the other hand is just great.

  • Alex says:

    Pretty cool, very easy to do Thanks a lot

  • Anne says:

    Does anyone know if this can be done in CS2? When I select Effect>Texture>…. it then won’t let me select >Grain….Any ideas??

  • Tanker says:

    This absolutely AWESOMMMMMM

  • Joe says:

    For some reason when I go to apply the Photoshop effect of the grain it will not let me. What do I need to do for Illustrator to allow me to select a Photoshop filter?

  • Duane says:

    I’ll keep it short. Superb & Thanks.

  • The Ghost says:

    this just helped me out big time… thanks so much

  • Prahsan says:

    Thank a lot… this makes life so simple when using Illustrator 🙂

  • kt says:

    holy cow that was awesome! thank you so much! you did an amazing job at explaining and i LOVE that you added the text part.

  • ghghghgh says:

    thanks dude! that was easy!

  • Sajid says:

    For the couple of people who had trouble selecting the effect: I couldn’t select many of the effects and filters (they were ‘grayed’ out) until I changed the document color mode, under the FILE tab, to RGB.

    Thank you very much for a nice tutorial.

  • Emmanuel says:

    Great Stuff!

  • Mark says:

    What if my artwork is too big? It gave me an error saying “The combination of artwork size and resolution exceeds the maximum that can be rasterized.” I want the same thing you have there but I don’t want to have a size/aliasing issue with a rasterized vector effect. How do I get around this without also creating the “repeated pattern” effect either?

  • Blair says:

    Anyone know why the edges would pixelate and the overall look isn’t as smooth? I started out in one file and had to open a new one to correct my CMYK/RGB mode mistake. …but the effect looks very pixelated and the edges are quite rough. Not sure what I did wrong! Any help would be appreciated! Great tutorial!! User error I think…

  • senzog says:

    Very awesome tutorial! Thanks greatly!

  • sudheer says:

    if u can provide the text material as weel it’ll be really good.

  • Bea says:

    I got one minute into this tutorial, and the download wheel just spins and spins. It’s not my internet connection. Too bad! Maybe this video was ripped too large. Wish I could’ve watched it.

  • Really says:

    You’re going to make me watch an ad BEFORE I even get to see what this tutorial is about? Really? I won’t be coming back here again.

  • Ashley says:

    I couldn’t save my metallic swatch to the Graphics Styles panel. It didn’t work like you laid out. Anyone have any problems doing that? I’d love to save it to be able to use on other objects and text but can’t get it to work properly. I also didn’t find the other colors such as copper, bronze, etc. that he had in the “colors” palette. Where do I get those?

  • Daniel says:

    Great tutorial for a me as a beginner in illustrator

    Thx very much

  • Dimitri says:

    The effect seems to be cool, but I can see that the edge of curves, especially on text
    looks a bit dodgy..

    am I doing something wrong?? or its just a screen bug

  • Christian says:

    Excellent! Great Tutorial, worked like a charm for me on the first try!


  • amy shaffer kuhn says:

    you rock, scott weichert! thank you!

  • JoxnieD says:

    I tried to apply this effect on my shape and, after that the edges of the shape were rasterized.. do you maybe know why is that ? Thx

  • Fabian says:

    Ok, wonderful tutorial, all seems amazing. Then I try.. I have made the square, done the gradient, I click Effect > Texture and all the options, including grain, is grey and I can’t click any of them.. ._. I am running Mac OS X Leopard and illustrator CS. I know the age, but it’s what I have to work with. So.. Help… Please… I can’t for the life of me find the fix to this and I have looked far and wide. Odds are it’s a simple option that needs to be checked and it will all work wonderfully. Do ‘ya think I can FIND that option? Hmh. So, anyone have an idea..? Thanks.


  • Fabian says:

    Never mind… As I said, was a simple option that was left unchecked. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Michelle Nethersole says:

    Do you have any specific tutorials that show how to do a hammered copper effect on an object?

  • Marcus says:

    Excellent. And clearly explained. Thanks.

  • Alex says:

    Thanks for making this. U helped me out here!

  • Taryn says:

    Thank you so much! So helpful!

  • MrAL says:

    Oh man… you’ve benefited mankind for this tutorial. Thanks a lot. 🙂