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Texture

Texture

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

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Tutorial

What's Covered

Welcome to today's lesson on texture. In this less you’re going to learn about texture and why it's important to design. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

  1. Defining Texture
  2. Pattern vs. Texture

1. Defining Texture

Texture is surface activity that repeats at regular intervals using shape, line, or dot elements.

Below is an example of texture.

As you can see, 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.

Terms to Know


  • Texture 
  • The exterior of form.
  • Surface 
  • The forming of a consistent arrangement of exact or similar elements.
  • Pattern 
  • Surface activity that repeats at regular intervals using shape, line or dot elements.

2. Pattern vs. Texture

Now, pattern is the forming of a consistent arrangement of exact or similar elements. 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.

Take a look at the image of an owl below.

The owl’s surface has quite a lovely texture. When you move into closer proximity, you 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.


Summary

Well, that concludes today’s lesson on texture and the major differences between pattern and texture.  Remember pattern is not the same as texture.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • 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.