Ink Splatter Tutorial

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Ink Splatter Tutorial
Turn ink splatters into vector art. (Tooga/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Ink splatters are used to create graphic brushes for added effects such as the grunge effect, font effects and sumi-e brush painting. The most realistic and creative way to create ink splatter is with a bottle of ink and paper. Be sure to let the ink completely dry out before scanning your artwork into the computer or you could end up with smeared ink and a mess to clean up.

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Things you need

  • Ink
  • Paper (photo paper or heavy white paper)
  • Straw
  • Scanner
  • Graphic Program
  • Vector Graphic Program

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  1. 1

    Prepare your work area by covering with an old vinyl table cloth, plastic or newspaper. Create your ink splattering it on the paper with a straw. Experiment with different techniques and let your artwork completely dry.

  2. 2

    Scan your dried ink artwork at 300 DPI into your favourite graphic program such as Photoshop, Snagit or Fireworks.

  3. 3

    Adjust your ink splatter as need to make the any grey parts of the paper white. Zoom in on your ink splatter edges to adjust any grey around the edges to black by using a small brush tool and painting it black. Save your image as a JPG.

  4. 4

    Open your image in a vector graphic editor such as Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X.

  5. 5

    Create a trace of the ink splatter, adjusting the settings as needed. Delete the original ink splatter, leaving just the trace. Save your file.

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