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Illustrator question - adding a transparent texture to an image.

BargainSnatcher 3,525 1,725 April 20, 2016 at 05:34 PM
I've been struggling for hours with this and am hoping someone here might have an answer for me.

I have an image which has white and transparent parts. I want to apply a texture to it where the texture is transparent. If i was to print this image on red paper, i would want the red to come through where the texture is.

My brother had showed me how to do this in photoshop, but have forgotten a step or something and won't be able to get any answers until tomorrow at the earliest so i was trying to find an answer where i can do this in illustrator since that is where the file was originally created and is what i am more familiar with.

Is this possible in Illustrator? I've looked up may videos on this, several pages, and they seem to be about applying a colored texture to a file. I've tried things like the subtract in pathfinder, but that doesn't work.

Worst case scenario, i guess i'll just have to ask my brother again and record what i am doing so i know how to do it in the future but if anyone has any suggestions i would love to hear them.

I've attached a file to give you an example of what i am working with. Imagine the blue parts are transparent and you want to apply a transparent texture to everything that is white.

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I've been struggling for hours with this and am hoping someone here might have an answer for me.

I have an image which has white and transparent parts. I want to apply a texture to it where the texture is transparent. If i was to print this image on red paper, i would want the red to come through where the texture is.

My brother had showed me how to do this in photoshop, but have forgotten a step or something and won't be able to get any answers until tomorrow at the earliest so i was trying to find an answer where i can do this in illustrator since that is where the file was originally created and is what i am more familiar with.

Is this possible in Illustrator? I've looked up may videos on this, several pages, and they seem to be about applying a colored texture to a file. I've tried things like the subtract in pathfinder, but that doesn't work.

Worst case scenario, i guess i'll just have to ask my brother again and record what i am doing so i know how to do it in the future but if anyone has any suggestions i would love to hear them.

I've attached a file to give you an example of what i am working with. Imagine the blue parts are transparent and you want to apply a transparent texture to everything that is white.
I haven't used illustrator in looong time, I mostly use inkscape these days since it's free. You may have to create a layer and change the blending mode or use a mask or gradient depending on how you did things in the file. I forget exactly. It's the sort of thing that I could tell you right away if I still had a copy of illustrator.

NOTE: printers don't have white ink or toner... areas that are white will be red if printed on red paper... but you were probably just explaining a hypothetical situation.
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i don't know.

but the picture only has 2 color, blue already transparent, and make white transparent = all transparent = nothing to print?

isn't you just delete the pixels, it will be transparent if the background is transparent
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I haven't used illustrator in looong time, I mostly use inkscape these days since it's free. You may have to create a layer and change the blending mode or use a mask or gradient depending on how you did things in the file. I forget exactly. It's the sort of thing that I could tell you right away if I still had a copy of illustrator.

NOTE: printers don't have white ink or toner... areas that are white will be red if printed on red paper... but you were probably just explaining a hypothetical situation.
Yes, it was hypothetical.

Let say its going to be printed onto a mug instead Smilie
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i don't know.

but the picture only has 2 color, blue already transparent, and make white transparent = all transparent = nothing to print?

isn't you just delete the pixels, it will be transparent if the background is transparent

I'm talking about applying a texture over that image. It would be a layer with marks on it, to make it look distressed. I basically want to put transparent distress marks on the white surface so the color of the item its printed on comes through. So using the mug example, if i put the design on a red mug, i would want it to look like the white print had been distressed/worn down at parts and you could see the color of the mug coming through it.
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This would be a excellent example of the sort of thing i am trying to do....

http://www.customink.com/assets/s...e2bf31.jpg
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I'm talking about applying a texture over that image. It would be a layer with marks on it, to make it look distressed. I basically want to put transparent distress marks on the white surface so the color of the item its printed on comes through. So using the mug example, if i put the design on a red mug, i would want it to look like the white print had been distressed/worn down at parts and you could see the color of the mug coming through it.
Maybe this will help: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrat...modes.html
if not it may be enough to help you do a better youtube search.
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Maybe this will help: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrat...modes.html
if not it may be enough to help you do a better youtube search.
Nope, thats not it.

And i did a search on google and youtube before posting. Couldn't find anything.
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That first one is the sort of outcome i am looking for, but on my pc there doesn't seem to be a live trace option and i'm starting from a different place than that person (not from a photo).
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And i'm trying different texture which has each point an object, but because i have multiple objects in the screen when i put the texture to the back and use the minus back, most of the image disappears.
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I managed to solve the problem in photoshop.

Thanks for everyones help Smilie
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