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Brandon RootsSimulate ink spread following matte
by on Feb 15, 2013 at 6:20:17 am

I'm looking to simulate ink spreading to draw on a B&W illustration. I'd like to be able to take the existing line art and simulate the "ink" spreading from a single point on the page, as if the outlines were wet on the paper, with the ink following the lines of the drawing naturally to various connecting points.

I've seen many tutorials which draw on ink effects, but they don't seem to regard ink spreading naturally, and have no regard for breaks in the lines.

Alternatively I could us the stroke effect or record pen strokes with a Wacom tablet and animate a mask line by line, but this approach seems incredibly time consuming.

Any suggestions?

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