By Danny Garrett, Hollywood, California
This page is typical of the problems I had to work through as I refined Letitia’s art in preparation to publish. Here you can see that the page is filled with ink text and watercolor illustrations, with ample neutral field for both to be displayed upon.
As Letitia had lettered and illustrated both sides of the paper, the ink from the calligraphy inevitably bled through.
Where it fell in the field, it provided an easy remedy through the use of Photoshop, my main digital graphic tool. I was able to quantify the bleed through and substitute that color with the page color itself. This would fix about 70% – 90% of the problem.
Where the ink bleed impinged on the watercolor illustrations, a much different problem was presented. Since the intermingling of ink bleed and illustration was intricate and thorough, I had to actually take it down to the pixel level to find remedy.
Here it could get very interesting. Although mostly I could use the ‘clone’ or stamp tool to pull in adjacent areas of similar coloring if there was sufficient space to do so, in many instances there just simply was not enough to do so. It was here, on the pixel level, that I often had to ‘re-create’ the art by choosing a subtle shade or tone to eliminate the intruding ink, and remake the image as close to the original as possible.
The pages that follow will provide other examples of the shifting permutations and combinations of mixing breakthroughs and victimized illustrations. This page – the second in the narrative – provides a great example of the challenges encountered in preparing for publication.