Engraving Fill Tool
The most recent version of Laidout came with an engraving tool, a utility that turns an image into line drawing. For the latest program of La Balsamine, a Brussels theater for which we’ve been designing the identity for some years now, the co-directors invited us to work with engraving and engraving patterns.
We decided to experiment on digital patterns and lines, digging to find different ways to (re)draw images. Last year, at the Leipzig edition of the Libre Graphics Meeting, we were treated to yet another wonderful presentation of Laidout’s new tool (called mesh conceptions).
We fantasized over a similar tool which could “engrave“ images with the same fluidity and magic. A different approach exists in Inkscape (arguably the main vector editor in the libre graphics world), but which is more manual and much less granular for what we wanted to achieve.
Laidout had, by then, most of the building blocks in place for what we wanted to create. This season‘s program for la Balsa was the perfect opportunity to commission Tom for this next step in the tool; applying the fill tool over an existing image, a content aware overlay, of sorts.