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Monday, May 14, 2012

Digital line art experiments

I enjoy working with black and white printouts of various photos that I've taken, using parts of them as graphic elements for other projects.  Recently I decided to work through several different methods of creating digital line art versions of a photo in order to be able to look at the results side by side. 

There is no one method of creating a digital black and white drawing that will be perfect for every situation.  In fact, I found that as I moved forward with several future quilt projects, I had to try applying each of the methods in turn until I found which one would work best in each case, highlighting the particular details that were important to me.  In a couple of weeks, I'll be showing you one of those art quilt projects.


Here is the original shot that I used for the experiments below.




1. Smart blur method
Duplicate
Filter > Smart blur, edge only
Invert if needed
Flatten and create a 0 layer
Delete all white pixels
Add a stroke if needed




2. Find edges method
Duplicate
Filter > Stylize > Find edges
Desaturate
Invert if needed
Add levels adjustment layer and blow out image
Flatten and create a 0 layer
Delete all white pixels
Add a stroke if needed




3. Combination method
Duplicate
Filter > Stylize > Find edges
Smart blur (see #1 above)
Invert if needed
Flatten and create a 0 layer
Delete all white pixels
Add a stroke if needed

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5 comments:

Lynda said...

Can't wait to see what you do with this. I've just started to do this with one of my prints that will be a wall hanging. Thanks for the info.

Eileen Bergen said...

Photoshop is amazing!

Have you decided which one you will use?

Cyndi L said...

For the project that I'll show soon, I ended up using the find edges method. I needed the printout to be as sparse as possible.

MB Shaw said...

It is so interesting all the things Photoshop can do. I really appreciate you showing a few options like this. All are very cool in their own way.

Cyndi L said...

And each can be useful, depending upon what application you have in mind :-)

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