Illustrator Distressed Texture | How To Create Distressed Graphics In Adobe Illustrator 2018

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How To Create Distressed Graphics In Adobe Illustrator 2018

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Hello and welcome. Charlie Pink is here today. I’m gonna show you guys how to create a distressed graphic using illustrator. So basically, here’s the way it’s gonna work guys. The artwork that I’m gonna distress today was actually created for my good friends over at Bella canvas. We took two of their wholesale styles and we created this graphic for it and we wanted to create this distressed look, which is very, very popular, but a lot of people don’t know how to do it. So I’m gonna clear things up for you guys. In case you don’t know how to do it, so we’re gonna hop into illustrator right now. I’m gonna show you guys exactly how I do it and you guys already know how I work. I included all the textures below for free. So you guys can go there right now. Download them before you start this video and just enjoy the process guys anyway. Let’s hop an illustrator and get started in this video. You guys have to check out. Bella canvases video. I filmed with them. They actually print this design. So if you want to see that process, you which you should, it’s awesome. Go to their Channel. Check it out! Let me know what you guys think and let them know what you think. They need some love too. Okay, but anyway, we’re gonna get to this artwork now, and we’re gonna distress that crap out of it. We’re gonna make it look grimy, gritty texture. Ewwww if that’s a word, you know what? I mean, let’s get started, so I have Illustrator pulled up right here. So what I want to do is move it to the left or a quick because I’m gonna go to my folder with the retro textures and what I want to do is just drag the grease one into illustrator, so we’re just gonna drag it on a completely new tab there. It is perfect! Now we’re gonna go to the print specs and do the same thing. We’re gonna drag that where the gray area is up there without the tab. Once you drag it in, it’s gonna create a brand new tab for it. We’re gonna go ahead and maximize that screen or enlarge it. Whatever you want to call it. And now what I want to do is go to the grease one. We need to do a few things before we can actually use it on our design. Once you see how I do it. Your mind’s gonna go, it’s gonna blow up because it’s really easy, so before we do anything with these textures, What I like to do Is I like to image trace them just to create an outline shape. I guess you can say out of these, and that’s just my process what we could do instead is add colors to our swatches and change the color like I have here. I have white and black and my Swatch palette and I can change the colors easily that way, but I like to make it into an actual outline vector. I find it easier to work with, but again that’s just my preference, so now what I want to do is just make sure it’s centered to my artboard, and then I’m just going to go up to image trace, and there’s one key element that I like to use to make this all come together smoothly. I like to go to this little image Trace panel here and from there, you just want to go to advanced and go to a little drop-down menu. We’re gonna go to ignore white, and we’re not going to touch anything else, guys, that’s it, it’s as simple as that we’re gonna ignore white. We’re gonna expand that, and as you guys can see now, it’s an outline, and if I drag it to the gray area, you can see that it has no background. The next thing I want to do is go to my next texture and do the exact same thing image trace, let it load, and then what you want to do is go to ignore white, let it load and then expand, and now what we have is This expanded texture that we can change the color on. We could do basically anything with it. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna drag the grease splatter over to our design. We’re just gonna lay it on top. So here is the design guys. When you add texture to art, it just adds a whole different element to the art. It makes it look aged, which is something that. I really love, so I’m not saying that all art needs texture because some art you can actually ruin it. Quite frankly, so you have to really kind of just look at the art and see that really will work good with texture. I texture anything, though. I just love texturing. Everything I see, but you don’t have to do that. We’re just gonna drag this over the actual design and what I want to do is. Actually, I want to copy it real quick or cut it, and I want to add it on its own layer because I want the textures to sit on their own layer. So we’re gonna place that in place and I’m gonna name this texture 1 so I’m under the layer’s palette here and I just created a new layer and I actually pasted that on that layer and I just retitled it texture, and we want to do texture 1 not just textures, so now I change that to texture 1 we see it on the layer’s palette as red, and if I hide that it will disappear, It’s as easy as that. So now what I want to do is just kind of drag it in place. We’re gonna go ahead and change the color to white, so I’m gonna go up to my colors here and change it to white and what it’s gonna do. Is its gonna blend in with the design? That’s actually not white. We need a perfect white. What we could do is we could resize it. We can tilt it. We can do anything we want. It’s really up to your imagination. I would suggest playing with it as much as possible just to see what looks best for your design for this one. I’m just gonna keep tilting in till Im. Happy, we’re just gonna call that done. OK, so this is pretty cool. It looks really nice and grungy already. Now we one more texture to add so before. I even go grab that other texture. I want to create one more layer and I’m gonna name this texture. We’re gonna name this texture too, and we’re gonna actually drag that below layer one, which is our design so we can name that design. Here’s the way it’s working, guys. I have one texture laid on top of design, and I’m laying the second texture under the design and the layers work in order, so whatever is first will be on top of everything. Just remember that guys, so we have texture to at the bottom of design, and we’re gonna make that black ink. Okay, so it’s gonna basically make it look like the design is kind of breaking up a little bit and I’ll show you what that looks like, so we’re gonna go to the other texture, which is this print specs, and we’re gonna drag that to the actual layer. We need to cut that and paste it on to texture too, and we’re just going to recenter that and basically. I’m gonna rotate it a little bit until I’m happy with it. Resize a little bit more than that. So as you guys can see now. It looks like it has speckles, and it’s kind of looking like the designs breaking up like it’s super worn out, but I don’t like how it’s too scattered outside of the design perimeter. So what I want to do is I want to select the design and I want to go to the eraser, and I’m just gonna actually make the eraser big, so basically, any time you create a new layer. It’s gonna have its own color, which you can actually change right now. This is a right now. Texture to is a highlighted green. It’s gonna highlight a specific color, so just know what color it is. And that’s how you can easily tell what you’re selecting so. I’m clearly selecting texture, too. Because next to the little circle on the right of the name, it has a little green. It has a little green indicator, which tells me which color this layer is so anyway, now that I’m selecting it, I’m just gonna go with the eraser tool on the outer edges and just erase things that I don’t want on the outside, okay. You don’t have to take that much time doing this, but I definitely suggest spending a little time going around the edges just to clean it up a little bit because it doesn’t need to be so wild if that makes sense. So now let’s go ahead and see what it looks like much better. We don’t need it to be so intense, so that looks a million times better. So now what I want to do is do the same thing for texture one. I want to highlight it, which is going to turn red because again. The indicator on texture. One layer is red, so that’s how? I know what I’m selecting and now I’m gonna go to the eraser again and just erase what I don’t want. We’re just going to clean it up a bit, just so it’s easier to work with for the print shop and let it do it’s thing it might load a little bit because it is kind of a large texture and then we’re just gonna erase it where we don’t want it, so that’s basically all you have to do guys what we did is. We dragged our textures into illustrator. We image trace both of them, ignoring white under Advanced Options or Advanced Settings, and then we dragged it on our design and basically created two different layers for two different textures, and we made one go under the design, which is the black ink, and we made one go above the design, which is the white ink as simple as that and those orders can be changed, depending on what kind of effect you want. So there you have it guys, that’s how. I distress graphics using Illustrator. That’s just one method, though. Keep in mind, there’s so many other methods out there and I will definitely cover them on this channel, so you guys definitely have to subscribe and turn on notifications, So you don’t miss a video, but guys definitely check out. Bella campuses video. I went to LA and we filmed a video on them printing this design. I talked about the art process. A little bit more. It’s a really really good video, so make sure you guys go to the link below. Click on it and go show them some love by watching it. Hidden the thumbs up button on their video and subscribing to their channel. That does it for me, guys. My name is Charlie Pangas. If you guys enjoyed the video, of course, subscribe, hit the thumbs up button, guys. I’ll catch you in the next one peace you.