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Look up Texture Mapping in Photoshop and Displacement Map Photoshop and you'll get closer to the results you're after than trying to do it with just opacity.


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You can also place a bitmap TIFF file into your Illustrator document. This allows you to colorize it in Illustrator. Here's a tutorial on how to create a bitmap TIFF in Photoshop: http://knowledgejam.org/home/2014/7/31/creating-textures-with-bitmap-tiffs


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Many images which use textures or "grunge" appearances in Illustrator take advantage of Opacity Masks and embedded raster images. Even though Illustrator is vector at its core, there are times where utilizing the subtle variations in a raster image can be helpful. Trying to create distressed or mottled backgrounds is certainly one such case. First, find a ...


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Similar to Photoshop, Illustrator also has blending modes. Placing a texture over a vector and then setting the Blending mode, located on the Transparency panel, to something like Overlay may help achieve the look you are hoping for.



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