best way to treating type with just a hint of roughness, or texture?

k8's picture

Would anyone like to share your helpful hints or tips on achieving this look (see image attached). Notice how the letter N has a nice subtle texture or rough treatment to it? –I have used different (amateurish) ways of achieving this look but I've never really been confident with the outcome. I either make the letters look too overly rough or not rough enough. I find myself to be a bit tenacious when adding texture of this sort to type.

Any of your suggestions or advice would be most welcomed and appreciated.


Web_Design's picture

You can try the color picker tool for selecting the exact text color code.

k8's picture

Thanks but I am referring to a vector treatment.

BeauW's picture

We (at work) set the type normally, and then use a .tiff distress file, made in Photoshop, over it. You can change the colour of the .tiff in Illustrator, you can create exactly the amount of distress you need, vary it across the letters, and most importantly, this is a case where a good distress will be much smaller in raster than in vector. A vector distress that gives good texture can be overwhelming to a printing rip.

JamesM's picture

If you Google "distress type photoshop" (without the quotes) you'll find some tutorials.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

BeauW's suggestion is the best. One can even do this in InDesign; place a structure (psd or tif) over a piece of text and go wild with the Effects-settings. The structure can be scaled to make more subtle or rougher effects.

A small library of structures will go far. Nice starting point: print a solid black on a laserprinter. Crunch the paper multiple times, copy on laser copier, repeat as many times as wanted. Scan in high resolution.

k8's picture

thank you all for your suggestions! exactly what i needed to know. i know how to apply rough or now what I will start calling "distressed" texture, I was never successful at creating this texture from scratch. knowing to google distress background tutorial is key! yay. thanks again. really helps me with my project. :-)

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Also you could just use one of the wood type fonts that now seem to be all the rage.

JamesM's picture

On the subject of tutorials, I can also highly recommend; they have almost 1,500 video tutorials on graphic design subjects, and the instructors are design professionals. There's a monthly fee to subscribe, but they have free sample videos, and sometimes via Google you can find codes for a free month or at least a discount.

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