This title was out of print and Lee & Low Books wanted to publish a special edition for its 40th anniversary. The original illustrations were not available. Working from scans of a printed copy of the children’s picture book, Neustudio de-screened the scans, created new illustrations, and updated the overall look of the artwork.
The goal is to attract new readers to the book and new focus to the creators’ points of view. It was important to work respectfully while solving technical issues and refreshing the illustrations. We chose to leave the figures largely intact, to make minimal changes required by technical and production concerns. The backgrounds became the focus.
Some current children’s titles were using gradients and textures along with simply-drawn figures. Using these as inspiration, we added textures and gradients to backgrounds, while keeping the color palette bright and similar to the original.
The scans from the printed book showed the dots of ink in clustered “rosettes.” If these were left in the artwork, they would interfere with the new printing process. By carefully adjusting and repeatedly testing Photoshop filters, we were able to soften the dots in each color without compromising the graphic shapes of the original art.
(left) Art scanned from printed book, (right) art de-screened to remove ink-dots and smooth out jagged lines.
Printing processes have changed since The People Shall Continue was created. We had the opportunity to add more texture into the pages. Because it was vital to the purpose of the book to keep the authentic depictions of indigenous people, we chose to work with the backgrounds to add texture and adjust the color palette while making few changes to the people.
Using stock art textures, we built multi-layer photoshop files with masking and transparency.
To fit the book in its current 32-page format, two new illustrations were needed.
Our studio is experienced with book production, and up-to-date with the most recent software and techniques. That gives us the ability to handle all kinds of projects: reprints, paperback conversions, language conversions and ebooks.
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