I'm trying to add a textual tattoo to an image in Illustrator, and would like the lighten the text based on the skin color in the image as shown in the image below from a Photoshop tutorial to account for the way the tattoo reflects the light. Is there a way to do something similar in Illustrator?

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    – Tetsujin
    Oct 4 at 9:49
  • While it's possible to create some pseudo lighting... it's not a straightforward thing in Illustrator. One would probably need to use gradient meshes and clipping masks. The gist of it -- make some areas lighter and others darker — is possible in Illustrator. However, detailing such a thing is highly dependent upon the artwork and the lighting of the desired photo. (And if the base is a photo, I'm uncertain Illustrator is warranted for the composite image.)
    – Scott
    Oct 4 at 15:22
  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. I wouldn't use illustrator for this to be honest. It would be better to do it in Photoshop or some other raster image editor. If your text/tattoo design has been made in Illustrator, you could import the AI file into Photoshop. Is there some reason you want to do this all inside Illustrator?
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 4 at 16:58


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