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Experimenting with creating vector woodcut portraits, which is a bit of a nuisance. Many things to consider when constructing such drawings. Still a tad confusing at this point. After four trials and errors I arrived at this level of design complexity. I used my vector portrait of Abe Lincoln as the image for this test. I believe the trick is to find the right way to set up the masking strokes after which basically any image can be used to build a woodcut portrait.




Working method:

  1. Create a sine line

  2. Duplicate it until entire page is covered

  3. Select all lines and ‘Expand Stroke’

  4. Combine all expanded strokes – after which they will show as a single ‘Curve’ in the Layers panel

  5. Duplicate a number times of your choice

  6. Rotate each of them to different angles, making sure they cover entire page – you have to enlarge them until they do

  7. Import an image

  8. Duplicate it to the same number of combined strokes / Curves that you duplicated in step 5

  9. Apply a different ‘Treshold’ level to the original image and duplicates

  10. Rasterize all images

  11. Drag each image inside a curve so that the Curve serves as a mask

  12. Make sure none of the Curves has a fill or stroke width assigned



  • The combined strokes shown as Curves will show up over the images. Hit the Magnifier Zoom tool to see the result without the Curves overlaying them

  • Each Curve containing the rasterized image can be manipulated in several ways – opacity, type of filter


I attached the Affinity Designer file to study for those interested.



Woodcut test AL portrait 3a.afdesign

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