I am new in Adobe Illustrator. I need to know how can I create an effect that is close to the one in the picture (rose gold sand) in Adobe Illustrator?

Sand, grains effect

Any guide to right direction would be great

I tried ready made rose golde texture, but it gave me clear 2D effect, not the 3D effect as the one

  • That looks more like a raster image, not vector. I'd use Photoshop or a similar raster tool instead of Illustrator TBH.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 1 at 11:49
  • This could possibly be done in Illustrator, but it'll take some work... the ring is easy, it's the background that is pretty tough in a vector app. If you use a bunch of raster effects, like blurs, glows, and grain .. eventually you could possibly get something close - but then you need to start stacking objects with effects to flesh out that background. Here -- waiting for AI to redraw, then redraw, then redraw, then redraw is terrible. But as proof of concept, it may be possible. But it certainly won't be easy.
    – Scott
    Jan 3 at 3:20
  • Hello chilz. I took the liberty to edit the title of your question to be a bit more descriptive. Do note you can re-edit things if you don't agree.
    – Vincent
    Feb 1 at 10:20

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An artistic illustration of a black hole or solar eclipse, I guess.

Forget making it in Illustrator. If the small grains were vectors the work would have say 80000 paths and 400000 anchor points. Such mass would make everything slow like swimming in tar. A little less heavy way would be to use noisy glow effects, but they are finally raster images. As well you could use Photoshop or some other raster image painting program.

Photoshop would make it all easier because there you could use paint brushes to get some nice strokes (assuming your eyes, hands and the grey matter between your ears are up to the task).

The metallic like ring is especially trivial in Photoshop. It's a ring filled with a vertical gradient and the edge glow is Bevel&Emboss layer style. But the grainy cloud is tricky. It may use layer blending mode Dissolve to make the grain, Or it may be painted by having the brush in Dissolve mode. Or the grain is generated by using glow layer styles with noise. Impossible to say. But replicating it exactly from scratch succeeds only if one is a skilled painter in digital media. I'm not one, so I drew only a couple of random strokes. The grain is by Dissolve. It transfers partial transparency to grain.

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Note that in the original there's also a shadow painted below the ring. The dots which resemble stars in astronomical photos are only dots. I skipped them, too.


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