Designer Chris Spooner explains how to add authentic distressed effects to a vintage logo – without leaving Illustrator. This pro time-saving technique is the first in our new #10MinSkills series of tutorials, which help you boost your skill set in just 10 minutes.
You can follow the tutorial by downloading a free 14-day trial of the Texturino Illustrator plugin, and if you like the free brushes that Chris imports into Texturino, you’ll find them here.
One of the most effective ways to add depth and tactility to flat-looking vector illustrations is through the use of texture. While traditionally designers and illustrators would save their texturing work for Photoshop, there’s a much faster and more flexible way to add texture to Illustrator artwork and modify it – without having to boot up your photo-editing software.
As Spoon Graphics founder Chris Spooner shows, the Texturino plugin for Illustrator can dramatically speed up your texturing workflow. Using a vintage logo design, he explains some best-practice techniques for quickly weathering your artwork in Illustrator – from installing the plugin to time-saving tricks like how to quickly change the scale or blending mode of a texture – as well as how to bring your own textures into Texturino.
Who will benefit most from the techniques covered in this tutorial? In short: anybody who regularly adds distressed effects to vector illustration, at any skill level.
Whether you specialise in branding, logo design, illustration or packaging – or prefer to draw in your spare time – Chris’ tips will help you work faster and more efficiently, freeing up more time for the fun part: being creative.
If you haven’t come across Texturino before, the Illustrator plugin lets you quickly add multiple raster-based textures as Live Effects in Illustrator to filled paths, live text, gradient meshes and raster objects. Top features include:
A Texture Brush to brush textures in or out
An Opacity Brush to brush opacity masks to remove or fade textures
A Texture Tool to quickly change a texture's scale, rotation, opacity and blending mode
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