Texture masking Inkscape tutorial

Texture masking Inkscape tutorial Graphic design

Adding texture to logos or any graphic design can certainly make it pop! Learn texture masking in this Inkscape tutorial.

Why use texture?

Texture is certainly amazing. It can also add worn out or vintage distressed look and feel to the graphic. Furthermore it is especially desired in t-shirt designing. Funny how everything old is new again.

 

Texture masking Inkscape tutorial skull logo

Texture masking Inkscape tutorial: Non-Destructive method

In the video I will also go over different methods of adding texture to designs. In the written tutorial I will cover non-destructive texture masking. Non-destructive methods certainly are a good way to add texture without destroying the vector object. Also texture can always be released. The effect is never permanent. In contrast, other methods can consequently destroy the graphic by creating many new nodes. However other methods will also work just fine and as a result achieve the desired effect.

 

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Texture masking: Create texture mask

Go to a website such as Pixabay or Unsplash. Choose a textured image.  Concrete, dirty windows, cracked glass, leather, mud or whatever neat image you can find. Drag the image into Inkscape. Go to Path-trace bitmap. Finally choose the best options for your particular image.

Texture masking: Select

Select the graphic you wish to use for this project. I’m using a skull logo design. Secondly choose the texture mask you would like to use for the project. There are many such masks available on the web, or create your own as shown in the video.

 

Texture masking Inkscape tutorial skull logo

 

 

Finally position the texture mask on top of the vector object. Select both. Head up to Object-Mask-Set. Pretty neat huh? Well, that’s not all. This effect can always be released. Go back to Object-Mask and this time select Release. Back to normal. This is handy if you decide you don’t like that texture after all, or rather just want to re-position it.

 

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