How do I create this colorful background

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I was scrolling through google for inspiration and found a poster I want to reccreate. How do I get the confetti-like background?

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This is made with multiple scatter brushes applied to a freeform path. A Zig Zag effect is applied to the path.

 

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Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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As I (mis)understand it, you wish to have what is more or less termed a spray of (more or less) random symbols/shapes.

 

It can take a lot of time to make such a mess, but I believe there are scripts to easily spray random symbols from a larger set.

 

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As Jacob already alluded, you may use one of the various scripts that can do random distributions of a given selection that consists of different shapes or symbol instances.

 

Also, Illustrator does offer a couple of ways to randomly distribute things (for example Transform Each, Scatter Brushes or the built-in Symbol tools).

 

Another funny but useful way would be to buy a packet of confetti (or do the confetti yourself), throw it wildly into the air in front of a single-coloured background and have a good photographer that is able to capture the confetti fireworks. Then you may use that photo as your background. A little bit of luck, and the photographer way may be the most convincing approach.

 

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This is made with multiple scatter brushes applied to a freeform path. A Zig Zag effect is applied to the path.

 

Screen Shot 2022-04-29 at 8.42.26 AM.png

 

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Very nice to see that you are still there and alive, Doug.

 

Due to some kind of forum bug one cannot enlarge your attachment at the moment, but even the small preview shows that it is a very good approach.

 

Sometimes Illustrator's capabilities to randomise things are a bit underrated and more often than not it is assumed that one definitely needs a script, but often no script is required at all, just some insight about the possible built-in ways.

 

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Kind of you, Kurt. To the best of my knowledge I am here and alive. I continue to follow the threads regularly but weigh in only when I have something useful to say. As always, I'm quick to read what you and Monka contribute, as it's always enlightening and inventive. So much more to be learned by listening than speaking sometimes.

 

Be well, Dr. Gold.

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I once did a similar kind of design.

 

Cut out colored pices of paper and put them on my scanner. The scattered parts of that around in the design.

For yours if you get the arrange right on the scanner, then editing it afterwards migh noch be necessary.

You could scan several different ones, then stack them in Photoshop and add different blurs to them to simulate depth.

It could help to scan them with a color background already in place. Even if you remove that background later when editing, it gives the confetti the correct color along the fringes.

 

Also put the logo on it, then add some bits in front of it.

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