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A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G 6 8 G R A P H I C S P R O D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S O F T W A R E T O S U B S T R A T E | L O N W I N T E R S IT CAME FROM GRAPHICS ELEPHANTS… SCREEN PRINTING A COLORFUL, YET SPOOKY, CREATION A s I write this, it's October, and Hal- loween is one of our favorite holidays. Multiple members of our executive staff are Halloween babies. That makes them witches and warlocks, right? This year was a more trunk or treat season rather than traditional trick or treat time with the pan- demic hanging around, but we still felt the spooky night stirred up the senses of imagi- nation and dare we say, horror! DESIGN TECHNIQUES When we went to in-person trade shows, it seemed criminal in October to not in- dulge in a design tied to Halloween. We started, as we often do, with an idea in pencil to sell it. Playing off the original "Friday the 13th" movie poster, we de- cided on an ominous figure with a pump- kin head. We wrapped up Jason and the Headless Horseman into one. Rather than a knife, he would have a squeegee with red ink dripping from the blade. It would print on black, making it perfect for a spooky look. We also em- ployed a couple specialty inks for some tactile effect. The initial figure was scanned into Pho- toshop. We darkened our pencil up using the Levels palette into a more solid black line much like a comic strip. We filled in Above: Since the piece was tied to an in-person trade show, we incorporated loca- tion identity with the famous Vegas sign. Left: To create the pumpkin head design, we started with an idea in pencil to sell it. (All images courtesy Lon Winters)

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