I put this together based on the old countertop in my kitchen that was probably built in the 1950’s or 60’s. It’s a seamless, repeatable texture that you can use however you choose. I left it transparent, so you’ll probably want to use the appearance panel to add a background color.
For this to make sense, you might want to refer back to the previous posts on the Appearance Panel.
Once you’ve read over those 3 posts, download this file and have at it. You might like to adjust the stroke some to make the “holes” a bit more realistic.
This is live editable text, made awesome, by the appearance panel.
The appearance panel, or as it used to be known, the appearance palette. This is where it all goes down. The key to making versatile, live art that will allow you to shrug off your boss changing the name of the project from “Penguin Playset” to ” Arctic Adventure” This will allow you to create art that can rival the raster effects you get in Photoshop and at times do it better and more extensibly (Did I just make that word up? Nope!) So, instead of setting your text, copy/pasting it behind, adding your stroke, copying to the front, adding a glow, etc… and making a stack of objects to get one result, you can do this all from within one object. Multiple strokes, multiple fills, effects applied specifically to a single fill or stroke. Gradients on a stroke. Live text with a gradient. Yeap.
That’s live text. Grab the live .ai file. Use your own fonts if you don’t have these.