In this lesson, you will learn about texture and how it is used in the visual design process.

See More
Visual Communications

A positive sign:
Our Visual Communication Course is only $329.

Sophia college courses cost up to 80% less than traditional courses. *


Video Transcription

Download PDF

Hi, everyone. My name is Mario. And I'd like to welcome you to today's lesson on texture.

So we're going to learn about texture and why it's important to design. And then also run through a few examples as well. So as always, feel free to pause, fast forward, and rewind as you see fit. And when you're ready to go, then let's get started.

So texture is surface activity that repeats at regular intervals using shape, line, or dot elements. So here are some few examples of texture. And you can see that textures is quite diverse.

So texture's on the surface. So surface is the exterior of a form. And it's important not to confuse texture with pattern, like we see here.

Now, pattern is the forming of a consistent arrangement of exact or similar elements. So texture can be made up of multiple patterns to express a surface form. And texture can have or appear to have a pattern in a closer proximity, like this aluminum mesh, once again.

So take this surface of an owl. And it has quite a lovely texture. And when we move into closer proximity, we can see a pattern start to develop within the texture.

But again, pattern is not a texture. At a certain distance, texture becomes something more layered and affected by the environment. So pattern's important, because within a design you can use patterns to create texture or use texture to create nice layers and interesting areas that would create pattern in close proximity.

Well, that includes our quick lesson on texture. Our keywords, again, for today were texture, pattern, and surface. So I hope you've enjoyed this lesson with me today. My name is Mario. And I will see you next lesson.

  • Texture

    Surface activity that repeats at regular intervals using shape, line or dot elements.

  • Pattern

    The forming of a consistent arrangement of exact or similar elements.

  • Surface

    The exterior of form.