Sometimes I want them to look a little more worn and handmade when they are finished. The problem will designing on a computer is it can make designs sometimes feel too pixel perfect! In this tutorial I will show you how to achieve a rustic worn inky effect on your designs in Adobe Illustrator. This is perfect for giving your designs a worn and handmade feel to them.
If you can image when people used letterpresses and as you would press the ink would bleed over the edges slighty, this is what I set out to achieve with this effect
Now you have finished your design, place it in the middle of your canvas in Adobe Illustrator. You need to make any fonts into shapes and combined them all
Select your design - Menu - Object - Expand
![Illustrator expand menu](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/61148431f7f54d5025ddff62_Vintage 4.jpg)
Tick all options available - Click OK
![Illustrator Expand](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611484471abaaf0f7761d0a1_Vintage 5.jpg)
You now need to make it into one shape, if you cannot see the patherfinder tool
Menu - Window - Patherfinder
![Illustrator Unite menu](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611484bad07df45f2d83b9f5_patherfinder window how to find.png)
Select your design and click Unite (it is the two filled in shapes as shown)
![Adobe illustrator pathfinder](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611484cffe8d4d27a6951982_unite in adobe illustrator.png)
Now you need to apply a blur effect to your design
Select your design - Menu - Effect - Blur - Gaussian blur
![Illustrator blur menu'](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611485460a0bfc03832e5c94_blur - gaussian blur option.png)
Select preview and you can experiment here to see how it will look. The higher you slide the Radius the more blurred it will make it and make it inkier in the end.
![Illustrator blur options](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/61148550bf090546c2c17bcd_Gaussian blur in adobe illustrator.jpg)
You need to convert your design from Vector to image now. You do this via the rasterize function
Select your design - Object - Rasterize
![Illustrator rasterize screenshot of menu](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611485d923fca41e05ee5e62_rasterize how to find.png)
I like to select transparent background to remove the white. Select 72 Resolution as the higher you select the more stress it will put on your computer. If you have a very detailed design it can possibly crash your Adobe Illustrator. Select OK
![Illustrator rasterize menu options](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611485ed1abaafa2b261df8d_rasterize option adobe illustrator.jpg)
Now your design is an image we will use this amazing tool called 'Image Trace' to find 'Image trace'
Windows - Image trace
![Adobe Illustrator image trace menu](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/61148679a2c3090d8d4ca6ac_image trace how to find option.png)
Select preview to see what it looks like as you mess around with the settings.
Change the Preset to Sketched Art
Select - Ignore White
Feel free to experiment here and play with the sliders to achieve different effects
Once you are happy uncheck Preview and click Trace
![Illustrator blur effect on logo](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/611487080dac64e472df3d87_Inky effect zoom in adobe illustrator.jpg)
Your design will look like this, all of the sharp corners will be rounded and will have a much more handmade, worn feel to your design.
To convert your design back to a vector follow the process as before
Object - Expand
Now you will have your finished Inky rustic design Vector Design
![Illustrator before and after of inky effect](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/6114877a0aadb79fea9d63eb_Inky effect in adobe illustrator before and after.jpg)
Before and after
![Illustrator inky effect on badge design](https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/610a5c11bd4ad0b1f14ddebd/6114877289ba55845c8609f8_After with inky effect.jpg)