Is there any way I can replicate this effect in Illustrator? They used a picture to make it since the people in the images are real people. I, of course, will use a different image and word. I tried doing a image inside of text and could not get the effect.
Otherwise is there another program that can let me do this effect?
This looks like a normal distressing technique with a quirk. Here is how I would do it.
1) create and adjust text to appear as final, copy, paste in place, hide one and outline the other (the non-outlined one is to go back to if you mess up), hide the outline for now
2) import image of person, trace image as silhouette, adjust where you want it in the lettering, copy, paste in place, hide one
3) Un hide the lettering outlines
4) using pathfinder (Window > Pathfinder) and with the lettering and image outlines selected, click subtract front