How to Create a Distressed Look

Create a distressed look for any application with this software technique.

Your artwork dilemma: A customer wants a distressed look added to the vector artwork or photos she supplied.

Solve This Dilemma: Dane Clement, president of Great Dane Graphics, takes the mystery out of creating cool, distressed art. With these easy-to-follow steps, you can transform vector art or photographs into a custom distressed look for use on promotional products, signs and apparel.

Keep the end result in mind – but be flexible and begin at the beginning.



“In my example of the tree, I squeezed the TIFF to tighten up the texture and I duplicated it three times to get the look I wanted,” says Dane Clement of Great Dane Graphics.