I’ve become very attached to the computer program ‘Adobe Illustrator’, namely because its so different to what i’m used to working with, but from a novice user of the program trust me when i say it’s worth the effort.
I started using it namely because of my want to try to recreate a humument page setting in the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse.I did this though placeing the scanned page into a new document and immediately creating a new layer. Using layers is a complicated buisness, particularly when you don’t name them, it makes them hard to keep track of, and its even worse to try and control your work if you dont use them at all.
The first layer consisted of the outline of the words i wanted to keep clear, whilst the second layer use the same outline and extended it around the entirety of the text on the page. Which formed a nice neat little square to fill at my lesuire: of course i had no idea how to fill it, apart from using a block fill of any one particular colour.
So i messed around. The first chapter page was the ‘pixcelate’ option under ‘Effect’ in the main help bar. I’m not sure how it works; but as far as im aware it uses the colour in the outline and all susequent colours closest to this to create a distinctive blurred collection of molecule look-alikes depending on how big you want the ‘dots’ to appear.
Whereas the second chapter page has, firstly on the left; the ‘stained glass effect’ from the same ‘effects’ bar. I have been made aware that the blank ’tiles’, could be any colour if i so chose. The opposite page was created through the same method of lining and repeating, then randomly clicking buttons until one made a pattern i appreciated. This is the ‘crackled’ effect from the same tool bar again.