To supplement the design of the novel covers, I created engraved style interior illustrations using Photoshop to manipulate and digitally paint public domain photos.
I have always been a fan of old engraved book illustrations and illustrations that featured intricate cross-hatching, but it is incredibly tedious and time consuming. I wanted to see if I could create a similar effect digitally by taking an image and automating the process. I researched the concept and found several Photoshop actions that achieved a similar result, so I knew it could be done. After a day of experimenting and trying different approaches, I was able to come up with a pretty flexible and effective method that used Photoshop’s smart objects and smart filters.