STEP 1 - Find a Texture
Look around and find something that you think would make a nice texture. Some ideas include old paper, a chunk of wood, fabric, JP’s new boot, etc. The more creative the better.
STEP 2 - Scan
Scan your texture in. The typical settings I use are: 300 dpi, RGB and .jpeg format.
STEP 3- Contrast
Open up your scanned image in Photoshop and follow these steps to create some good contrast for Illustrator to pick up:
- Depending on how you’ll be using the image, you may want to turn your image into greyscale.
- Adjust both the black and white levels to knock back the mid tones and simplify the texture. (find this setting in image > adjustment > levels)
- Crop any unnecessary elements
- Live trace your image
- Select the Lettering preset to knock out the background
- Adjust the min area and threshold to add more or less detail (Found in top toolbar. 200 and 1px is a common setting I use)
- Expand your image, and your done!