Illustrator for a LinkedIn banner with symbols?

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I have a pdf of some math symbols and equations that I would like to age, rotate, and tilt in such a way that it looks like you're looking at an old open math book from an angle and you are seeing the symbols/equations on a page.  I want the "page of the book" to look a little yellowed and antiquarian.  All this for a LinkedIn banner.

 

Is Illustrator the right application?  If so, is there a step-by-step tutorial or anything on accomplishing this?  Maybe one tutorial for the coloring/aging and another for the roating/tilting?

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MikeGondek Adobe Community Professional , Dec 21, 2020
Illustrator is a vector program and usually your file choice for your typography & logos. Weathered looks & photographs are better done in Photoshop. Drop shadows can be done in both, But I feel Photoshop has a more accurate preview. Once you know both programs well you will have a better feel for how to use both programs sym=nergetically on your projects, but this is too long to explain in a post, and more of a chapter in a book.  https://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/old-paper/

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The rotating/shifting can be done in Illustrator. See the documentation about how to transform objects.

The old pages is more of a Photoshop job.

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So Illustrator first, then Photoshop?

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82..62,

 

Aging can be made by using the math stuff as a Clipping Mask or Opacity Mask over a worn/grungy background, and you can have a full (locked) background to look like the old paper itself, maybe simply (based on) a photograph.

 

Concerning the view from an angle you may very well get away with a simple solution where you create a(n unskewed) straight on version of the book (with a bounding rectangle) containing the (undistorted) math stuff everything forming a Group, and then create a skewed/distorted version of the rectangle (with just four corner Anchor Points), then using Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Top Object.

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Illustrator is a vector program and usually your file choice for your typography & logos. Weathered looks & photographs are better done in Photoshop. Drop shadows can be done in both, But I feel Photoshop has a more accurate preview. Once you know both programs well you will have a better feel for how to use both programs sym=nergetically on your projects, but this is too long to explain in a post, and more of a chapter in a book. 

https://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/old-paper/

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That link is great starting point for the aged paper look!  Thanks!

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