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Simplifying a logo with distressed texture

Enthusiast ,
Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021

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Hi all! I feel like I should know how to do this, but I'm drawing a blank. I've designed a logo. There's a circle with the icon and words inside it. Over the entire thing, I added a distressed pattern... to make it look... well, distressed. I know there's a way to clean up all that texture that's outside the circle... but I can't quite seem to make it work. What is the best way to do this? I've attached two screenshots... the one on the left is what I want it to look like. The one on the left shows the distressed texture highlighted... it's a mess! 

 

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Enthusiast , Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021
I actually found a video that showed me the technique I was not remembering. Here is how to do it: Create artwork (not including the distressed texture)Expand everything (text, strokes)Using the Pathfinder, unite everything (first button on top left)Open Transparency windowSelect graphicsPlay with the two checkboxes (check and uncheck) until it looks rightNow go copy your distressed textureCome back to original file and paste that texture INTO the white box in the Transparency windowYou can move...

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The most simple solution is not to apply the texture to the outer circle in the first place. Just bake the texture into the interior elements. If that was your only copy of the logo and you no longer have a clean version then the easiest thing to do would be re-creating the outer circle.

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Good idea. I do have a clean version, so this could work. Thanks. 

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You want to use an opacity mask. If that doesn't ring any bells for you, there are many tutorials online, it is very simple.

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I've not heard of an opacity mask. I'll research that! Thanks! 

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Textures shown are the Plastisol 2 textures from T-Shirt Design Master Collection 1: https://thevectorlab.com/products/t-shirt-designers-bundleUsing the Opac...
In this tutorial I will show you how to add texture to a vector object using the transparency mask in Illustrator. You can use whatever texture you want whet...

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I actually found a video that showed me the technique I was not remembering. Here is how to do it:

 

Create artwork (not including the distressed texture)

Expand everything (text, strokes)

Using the Pathfinder, unite everything (first button on top left)

Open Transparency window

Select graphics

Play with the two checkboxes (check and uncheck) until it looks right

Now go copy your distressed texture

Come back to original file and paste that texture INTO the white box in the Transparency window

You can move the texture around now

 

And here's the link to the video that reminded me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XVG1XP1-jU

Tom with Satori Graphics back with another graphic design Illustrator tutorial; today I show you how to add texture to any design in Illustrator with this te...

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