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Vintage Texture Effect

Have you ever seen that old vintage/weathered style t-shirt? It looks like it’s been washed a thousand times but in reality it hasn’t. How do you know? Because you can buy this style of a t-shirt today brand new and I’m betting that the manufacturer hasn’t washed it that many times already. Anyway, it’s a nice effect and can easily be added to any of your artwork using Illustrator. First, open any graphics that you’d like to apply this vintage effect to. Then group them together, so you just have one object to work with. Next, import a grayscale texture image from anywhere—it could have been created in Photoshop or scanned in on a flatbed scanner. Place the texture on a layer above the artwork that you want to add the vintage effect to. Then select both the texture layer and the group containing the artwork and choose Make Opacity Mask from the Transparency palette’s flyout menu. All the areas that were black will now be the color of whatever is behind the grouped graphics (in this case the white artboard). If you want, you can add a rectangle in a layer below the group to change the color.

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