How to decode a cryptographic

Each cryptographic represents a piece of text. It's a grid, where the arrangement of colours in each square corresponds to a characer. To work out what a cryptographic contains, you must first "read" it, and translate the grid of squares, reading left-to-right and top-to-bottom, into a string of characters.

Step 1 - Find the colour indicator

At the top left of each cryptographic is a square that contains all four coloured triangles. This is the colour indicator, and before you start you need to find it. One colour may be the background colour of the artwork so it may appear to be transparent.

Adjust the colours in the key below to match the colours in your cryptographic.

Step 2 - Translate it into text

Now, "read" the cryptographic from top left to bottom right as you would a page. Consult the key, and match each grid square to a character.

Step 3 - Decypt it with a password

You can make cryptographics with or without a password. If you're lucky, you're done, because the text you just translated will be readable. If it looks like junk, it has been encrypted with a password.

Eg. U2FsdGVkX1/JSQtCZastyNJiMDCb1MgdCMk=