Texture masking is a great way to add a worn, aged look to your vector designs. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how you can…

How To Apply Textures with Adobe Illustrator

Step 1: Open your Adobe Illustrator program and select the artwork or object to which you want to apply a texture.

Step 2: Go to the “Effect” menu and choose “Texture”. From the drop-down menu, select “Texturizer” to apply a basic texture or “Roughen” to add a more organic, hand-drawn texture.

Step 3: Adjust the settings to customize the texture effect, such as scale, relief, and light direction.

Step 4: Click “OK” to apply the texture effect to your selected artwork or object.


Applying textures to your artwork in Adobe Illustrator can add depth and dimension. By following these simple steps, you can easily customize and enhance your designs with various texture effects.


Q: Can I apply textures to text in Adobe Illustrator?

A: Yes, you can apply textures to text by converting the text to outlines and then applying the texture effects to the outlined shapes.

Q: Is it possible to create my own custom textures in Illustrator?

A: Yes, you can create your own custom textures by using the “Effect” menu and choosing the “Artistic” or “Brush Strokes” options to create unique texture effects.


  1. @gameboii132 5 months ago

    thanks a lot

  2. @ronaldw7950 5 months ago

    Did exactly as in the video and nothing. I get an empty mask and thats it. He says "simply press control V", which does absoluetely nothing (yes I have copied the file first)

  3. @sigitcgtm 5 months ago

    Thanks for the grunge texture.

  4. @mundiamachima7036 5 months ago

    Simply amazing. Exactly what i was looking for..🔥🔥

  5. @elat1on 5 months ago

    loved it especially the way you explain ♥

  6. @margaretclavell4101 5 months ago

    Thank you so much Nick, this is exactly what l was looking for.

  7. @BassPlayerAvailable 5 months ago

    I tried this with outlined text and couldn't get it to work at all I'm afraid.

  8. @nadjisouilamas2141 5 months ago

    Thanks a lot! I have seen so many videos before learning how to do it properly from yours

  9. @ourwaystudio6204 5 months ago

    thank you, this turns the image into pixels, how can it remain a vector?

  10. @busyman7571 5 months ago

    thanks sir

  11. @AnwarbinSadiq 5 months ago

    Free distressed textures link is not working. Would you please check this problem.

  12. @hanaa-cn5xj 5 months ago

    Thank you

  13. @idiscovertv 5 months ago

    this is EPIC thx you

  14. @user-oy9sy1hh2r 5 months ago

    Great One man! Thanks 🙂

  15. @isabellewest3013 5 months ago

    Great, simple tutorial. Thanks!

  16. @jorgebotossi5873 5 months ago

    Cool tutorial, thanks! Can you transform it into vector after that?

  17. @agunghidayatullah5236 5 months ago

    Quick and simple step! thank you so much!

  18. @Altarheart 5 months ago

    If I could like this 20 times, I would!

  19. @baileecampbell5393 5 months ago

    I’m so confused, when I do this, it completely gets rid of all of my layers and turns the entire thing into one opacity layer?

  20. @Imustfly 5 months ago

    Your videos are the most straight forward, informative Illustrator content on Youtube. I watch, and then I do !! You explain like no other, and offer practical tools that dove tail into what I need at my shop. Thank you for taking the time to share such practical info with knuckle draggers like me !!

  21. @boyinavault 5 months ago

    Quick, practical, simple and much needed. Thank you.

  22. @JBJones66 5 months ago

    I love how short and sweet this is no filler whatsoever. Thanks!

  23. @Tcooper170 5 months ago

    Appreciate that info. Short and to the point. Where did you get the texture/distressed images from?

  24. @AngelSnowflakes 5 months ago

    omg thank you!

  25. @user-gs5kl9ys4p 5 months ago

    How do you get rid of the distress box on the canvas after you make your design distressed?

  26. @ITSJADAHH 5 months ago

    listen. you're the goat brotha!!

  27. that's was simple and very helpful thank you

  28. @theotjeerd 5 months ago

    Still, the texture isn't vector…

  29. @Civilianart 5 months ago

    Unfortunately, this does not work (at least for me) in July 2023 with Illustrator v27.7

  30. @seulkang846 5 months ago

    Short, clear, and very informative. Thanks!

  31. @Veronica-pt6hu 5 months ago

    I can't thank you enough, this helped so much and the 15 distress templates for free. You're amazing. Liked, commented, & subscribed!!!

  32. @WadiMall 5 months ago

    Great! Thank you!!😍

  33. @user-fkfkefeaw 5 months ago

    can we change texture's color? texture's color is limitted in background color.

  34. @Reyan_Kashif 5 months ago

    there is a problem when i export my finale image the texture rather then being white turns black due to which i cant use it on black images

  35. @steventhompson9319 5 months ago

    This is s great video. thanks Nick. How do you export without the textured image being also exported, please?

  36. @erramy 5 months ago



  37. thank you so much for this tutorial! It helped so much <3

  38. @Homemade-Wood 5 months ago

    Respect to you man!

  39. @bsmv6181 5 months ago

    thank you it was very useful

  40. @user-lu4jh2ke5z 5 months ago

    Hi, i just want to ask, if the texture are free for comerrcial use, thanks

  41. @kikekreepy 5 months ago


  42. @user-rf4xj7ej9j 5 months ago

    Great video, question. Novice here! When I move the element into InDesign and try to resize it causes me problems, how can I fix this? It's as if when I resize it the mask cuts off the image? Anyone know how to fix this? I can resize it in Illustrator then bring it into InDesign, but that's not very accurate is the problem. Thanks!

  43. @JustMeMorgane 5 months ago

    The possibilities this unlocks…. Amazing

  44. @krislynnretz7127 5 months ago

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

  45. @sammcilveen8952 5 months ago

    finally a clear and concise tutorial on masking, this always seemed so simple but every other video makes it look like 4D space chess

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