Look at this pic:

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How Do I create in Illustrator those areas which you find in the poster between the blue and the yellow areas. they are horizontally blue-yellow striped


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This can be achieved as a texture fill, or a layer with horizontal lines that has a layer mask. (a single line can be created and then duplicated using for instance "transform")

My opinion is that this is actually a hand-inked drawing which was then scanned and traced, perhaps then duplicated 3 times (for dark blue, light blue, and red), and then certain portions from each color were masked or removed.

the image can be thought of as a yellow page, with three colors: dark blue, light blue, and red layer and the yellow show through transparent areas.

some useful Google terms: 3 color posterization illustrator

  • In illustrator for instance there allready are a few line-patterns available. if you activate the Swatches palette got to the options button (upper right corner of the palette) Open Swatch Library > Patterns > BASIC GRAPHICS_Lines. The color is easily changed via Edit Colors. Just out of curiosity: Were you by any chance reading this? youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/?p=8958
    – leugim
    Mar 31, 2011 at 21:35
  • that sounds good - how do I apply those graphic lines to my shapes? hehe no - I'm tracing the very same picture cause I want to print it as a poster with a different text
    – user995
    Mar 31, 2011 at 22:09

The posted image is actually quite some work. As suggested, I too think it is handdrawn and then inked in Illustrator. If you are trying to practice your shading, there is a website with a plugin that does this. The shading is not nearly as good, but maybe it can give you a hint on how to plan your illustration.

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If you just want the exact same poster, why not buy a print from the original artist?

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