Water Colour Backgrounds

After scanning the internet for possible tutorials that would allow me to digitally create a water colour effect on my backgrounds, I found one on Youtube that was not too difficult to follow and decided to give it a go. The tutorial was done using Adobe Illustrator, this was extremely convenient for me as I am using this software to design every aspect of the book before bringing it into InDesign.

I found an image of a pice of water colour paint applied to a white sheet of paper, I then brought the image into Illustrator, Rasterized it,made it grey scale, clicked an option to ignore the white paper and hit expand to make to shape of the water colour a vector. I then dragged the new vector into my symbols panel, clicked on it, chose the spray tool and proceeded to spray this effect onto my backgrounds.



Here I have, again different gradients and two different water colour symbol options I personally preferred the second on and will implement it while i design the final book to see how it looks.




When it came to designing  the backgrounds, I knew in my head exactly what I wanted them to look like. First and foremost I wanted to keep them quite simplistic using gradients to depth and different shades of blues as the story is for the most part under water. Like in  a lot of children’s book the paper almost looks like water paper and I love this effect so I knew that is what I wanted within my own book.



Here I have some examples of what I mean, I really like the look of the water colour it gives the image a nice wash of colour with added detail. I, at first did not know how I would achieve this unless I hand painted backgrounds with water colour, scanned the image into photoshop and cleverly manipulated the image until I was happy with the outcome.

I decided to try some illustrator effects first as I they would not take too long and I may have liked the outcome, Below I have two images both gradients going from dark blue to a lighter blue to represent depth at the bottom of the sea. In the image on the right I placed an Adobe Illustrator effect called water paper to see if this would achieve the water colour effect I was going for. In the end these effects did not achieve the outcome I would have liked so I must now look at alternative options.