Reduction Linocut planning
A question on the Linocut Friends page of Facebook prompted me to document (for my own future use if nothing else) how I’d previously worked out how to plan a reduction linocut using ArtRage (on the iPad but now on my Surface Pro 3).
First, I created an empty document of the right size and filled it with the first colour:
Then I cut out (using the eraser tool) those bits I want to keep white. Yes, this is opposite to cutting and rolling the base colour.
So what you get is how the linocut will look after printing the first colour.
Then you want to duplicate that layer and fill it with your second colour:
The fill tool only fills contiguous areas so make sure you also fill in any bits of the first colour not caught (eg the yellow inside the hash sign):
Now erase the bits you want to keep as first colour:
And duplicate that layer and fill it with your third colour and erase the parts you want to keep as the second colour::
Finally, duplicate and fill with the last colour (black)
and erase what you want to keep as the penultimate colour:
What you end up with is an image that should look like your final linocut and, in the Layers list, a cutting guide for each layer.
Hope others find this of interest.