Distressed Edges in Adobe Illustrator

So you want to distress the edges of a shape in Illustrator. Used to be I’d export it to Photoshop, run an edge distress filter, drag it back into Illustrator and outline. Time consuming and if there was a change to the shape I had to go through it all over.

So I developed this method.

First, make your shape

1_make_shape

Create a new layer and build your “bite” shape. To make this simple I’m just using a circle. Select the circle and make into a scatter brush like so.

3_make_into_brush

Now duplicate your shape layer and make into a stroke.

4_dupe_org_shape

Apply the brush. You may need to adjust the random parameters a bit depending on teh shape size.

5_allply_bursh_adjust

Then make it the background color and turn on your original shapes layer.

6_stroke_w:background_color

You can use any shape, go jagged even if need be.

7_hard_bite

Then adjust as needed.

8_apply:adjust

Combine with other distressing and create a whole lotta grunge.

9_combine

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