• Compatible Apps:
  • Illustrator


The method I use for adding distress to my type and lettering in Illustrator used to look a bit like this:

Step 1: Spend 10-15 minutes searching for a suitable grunge texture.

Step 2: Open the texture in Photoshop and do some fine-tuning.

Step 3: Copy and paste the texture into Illustrator and run auto trace.

Step 4: Wait for Illustrator to complete auto trace.

Step 5: Fiddle around with a clipping mask to try and apply the now vector (and very memory-hungry) texture to my type.

After doing all of that and then spending a few more minutes tweaking things, I’d finally get something I was happy with, but it always felt like such a chore to get there!

Frustrated, I set out to find a better way and ended up creating Distress Press, a kit made up of specially designed Graphic Styles and Actions that enable me to add worn and torn effects to my type in just a matter of seconds.

And now it can be yours!

No more spending your valuable time sourcing textures or struggling with clipping masks.

Download Distress Press now and apply distress to your type and lettering in Illustrator with ease.

Here’s what you’ll get…

  • A set of 9 worn and torn Graphic Styles (.AI)
  • The Vectorizer Illustrator Action (.AIA)
  • The Vectorizer Tracing Preset (CS4-CS5 users only)
  • A step by step guide to using Distress Press (.PDF)
  • 10 speckled vector textures (.EPS)

Compatible with all versions of Adobe Illustrator released since CS4.

Have a question or need support with this product? Please don't hesitate to get in touch.



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