I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how this asset was created (credit: Travis Brothers, Post Malone tour advertisement). It looks like a firework, but I have tried vectoring early firework explosions and cannot seem to get the same effect. It might also be a sort of time travel lens flare.

Or, it has been made from scratch with some threshold adjustments, etc. And if this is the case, I am curious how it would have been achieved. Custom shape? Textured brushes?

Thanks for any and all the help.

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  • Could simply be a brush in Illustrator and drawn. There's nothing which excludes the possibility that, using a drawing tablet, a simple scribble is made. Assuming everything is some "filtered" or "traced" photo is not always the correct mindset.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 0:19
  • @Scott, you are right in why that is a misleading assumption. But, given the detail of the crimping, and the rounded edges I am inclined to think it IS a first a traced (or filtered) image that has then been tweaked. But I am unsure.. Thanks for your advice! Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 1:46
  • To be honest it looks like an auto trace of a badly printed image, maybe something that has been photocopied a couple of times.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 9:04
  • I was thinking scan of a squiggle on cardboard or a "laid" stock.. then traced maybe.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 13:24
  • It looks like a bad trace of a paint splat as opposed to a firework.
    – Alith7
    Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 20:04

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Look for a paint or ink splat to trace instead of fireworks. The uneven and inconsistent lines would be more appropriate.

Like this one: Getty Images Paint Splat

  • thank you very much, that tip was super helpful :). Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 2:58
  • Very welcome! No to just find the right splat.
    – Alith7
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 11:13

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