Digital Artefact 1 – 30s Railway Posters

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30s Inspired Railway Poster

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  1. Glorious Devon Corfe1c PDF
  2. Corfe Castle-The Purbeck LinePDF
  3. Minehead- Gateway to Exmoor PDF


I have always loved the art in the railway posters of the thirties. I intend to make three posters using Adobe Illustrator (Ai) and my landscape and railway pictures.

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I have also admired the style used by Becky Bettesworth. The images below are examples.Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.34.42.png

Equally it is reported that she  “recalls the classic railway posters of the 1930s. Her vintage seaside posters exude all the unspoilt charm that characterised the originals, skilfully updating them with the use of sharp colours popular in the modern palette. With each new print celebrating a different town or area of South Devon, Becky’s reputation has gone from strength to strength.”


Dig App proposal. Railway posters


  1. Original JPG Picture
  2. Cropped
  3. Opened in Ai
  4. Rasterised to reduce size thereby reducing tracing time
  5. “Tracing” Selected top right hand drop down
  6. Start with preset three colours
  7. Then customise by select number of colours and adjusting paths slider which simplifies.
  8. “Expand”
  9. Save
  10. Place appropriate text (using a contemporary font), logos and place border.
  11. The finished article. Glorious Devon
  12. Additional images. Corfe Castle  Minehead- Gateway to Exmoor

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These have been timing consuming to create. I am still falling foul of greyed out because of inexperience. Although Ai gives ultimate control this task could have been accomplished very quickly in other applications such as Waterlogue (Tinrocket, LLC)


Set aside sufficient time and try to complete in one sitting

I am still to discover how to smooth out parts of the image using points. Additionally I need to change the limited the pallet to improve the look. They get very murky.

Indesign sends an error message when exporting the finished PDF unless settings are 2003. 



I really like using this process. I would love to do a painting by numbers version together with a set of stamps complete with Queens head and serrations.



Tinrocket LLC (2014) Waterlogue. Available at: (Accessed: 15 February 2016).


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