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Distressed Graphics

large format bannersGraphic design goes through a lot of trends, from the minimalism of the ’60s to the over-edited graphic flourishes of the ‘90s, but one trend that seems to be stubbornly staying put is the use of textures to artificially distressed print graphics. The distressed look became popular in the ‘80s, when the Do-It-Yourself ethos of the punk scene gravitated toward the dirty, unformatted and unedited look that was a rebellion from the clean,  geometric forms of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Today, distressed text and graphics are frequently used in mainstream design (take a look at any department store’s t-shirt selection for proof), as well as in design connoisseur circles where the look of vintage, physical pieces is highly desired in this age of digital desktop publishing.

To create distressed prints for your own large format graphics, first you’ll need to find a distressed texture. You can scan a paperback cover or other paper product yourself or find one online. Then, in Photoshop, simply use the Overlay layer blending tool to add the textures to your own graphics. You may need to desaturate the layer first or adjust the levels or opacity to get the right look. You could also use the Select Color Range command to copy only the distress marks from the page and then paste them onto your file. Now your retractable banners look attractively aged and tangible.

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Posted on: Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 9:47 am

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