When I see something cool online I’m always telling Mel to write a blog about this, make a shirt look like that, or asking her to find different tutorials that are awesome (that I’m too lazy to find). She saved the day again today! I’ve been trying to find out an easy way in illustrator to distress type without bringing it into Photoshop. She sent me a link to this tutorial on DzyneO about distressing type that really helped my project get finalized. Check it out:
Step 1. Type something that you’d like to distress. Open the brushes palette
Step 2. With the pen or the brush tool draw lines over your text in a different color (this color won’t be seen at the end, it helps with separation of images) until you receive the desired effect. Apply different stroke sizes to add variation in your design.
Step 3. Outline the text and group. (Type>Create Outlines) (ctrl+g)
Step 4. Select all strokes created and go to Object>Expand Appearance
Step 5. Open the Pathfinder tool and select everything (ctrl+a). In the pathfinder palette click on merge. Make sure that the stroke color is selected in the fill color. Go to the toolbar and click Select>Same>Fill Color and delete the selection. (I promise it works, it took me a few trys to figure it out, so don’t give up)
Step 6. Your Final Image!
I’m working on some t-shirts for our favorite local singer/songwriter Zank. Which design do you like? I can’t decide.
Hope this helps!