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I think it is AI, correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks in advance

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    This could be made with any graphics software
    – Manly
    May 9, 2017 at 15:40
  • As an aside, if you need it as resolution independent for signs, do what the user below suggests to create the image, open the raster image in Illustrator and outline it using the Image Trace function. If you create the original at a high enough resolution, the trace should be rendered quite accurately. May 9, 2017 at 18:22
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    Possible duplicate of How do I make scratchboard/etching effects?
    – Cai
    May 9, 2017 at 18:54

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This is easily achievable in Photoshop.

  • Start with a greyscale image and then go to Image > Mode > Bitmap
  • In the pop-up, select Halftone Screen... as the Method (The Output Resolution should be equal to or greater than the Input Resolution)
  • Hit OK
  • In the next screen select Line from the Shape drop down menu and set the frequency to something low (like less than 10)
  • Hit OK

This will create the effect that you are looking for but you probably won't like the result at the first attempt. You will need to experiment with the following parameters until you are happy :

  • Output Resolution (Higher values smooth the result)
  • Frequency (Lower numbers give thicker lines)
  • Angle (changes the angle of the lines)

It will take a bit of experimentation, but it shouldn't take long to get a nice result.

For further effects try different Halftone Screen Shapes.


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