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:

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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.

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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:

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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):

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Now erase the bits you want to keep as first colour:

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And duplicate that layer and fill it with your third colour and erase the parts you want to keep as the second colour::

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Finally, duplicate and fill with the last colour (black)

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and erase what you want to keep as the penultimate colour:

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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.

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Posted on January 25, 2016, in Art, Printmaking and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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