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Many T-shirts and logos these days seem to have tattered filters applied to them, and I was wondering if these can be done in Illustrator. Here's an example of the look I'm talking about : <http://www.maj.com/gallery/MischiefMecha/Other/bke.jpg> Thanks! ~Alex...

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    Default Giving artwork a "tattered" look in Illustrator

    Many T-shirts and logos these days seem to have tattered filters applied to them, and I was wondering if these can be done in Illustrator. Here's an example of the look I'm talking about:

    <http://www.maj.com/gallery/MischiefMecha/Other/bke.jpg>

    Thanks!

    ~Alex
    Alex_Gorischek@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Giving artwork a "tattered" look in Illustrator

    Alex, have a look here: <http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx?128.3bbc3757>
    Jacob_Bugge@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Giving artwork a "tattered" look in Illustrator

    Another way (if you have Photoshop too), is as follows:

    1 Take a photo or scan of a texture (concrete or watercolour paper, say) and then tinker with the threshold in Photoshop (Image - Adjustments - Threshold) until you get a reasonable black on white effect (as a very rough guide, I'd suggest that about 10 to 20% of the image should be black - the more black, the more "tatter").

    2 Covert the image to Greyscale (Image - Mode - Greyscale) and then Bitmap (Image - Mode - Bitmap). (Don't know why you can't to this in one go!) Select all, and copy the image (see note at end).

    3 In Illustrator, open the artwork you want to "tatter". Paste on top of everything else, and your texture will appear in black. If you now change the fill colour of the texture to whatever the base colour is (white in the example given), the image will have the look you're after. (You can only do this colour change with a 1 bit Bitmap, hence the prep work in Photoshop.) You may need to experiment with a few textures or threshold settings to get the effect you're after.

    Note - If you want to keep the texture to use repeatedly, then save as a Bitmap (.bmp), making sure it's 1 bit (this should come up automatically on the second Save As... window). You can open / place this in Illustrator.
    Limeshirt@adobeforums.com Guest

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