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How To Make Photos Look Like Illustrations?

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Maigi
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 09:58:02 AM by Maigi
Have you seen photos of Dave Hill?

His website is here: http://www.davehillphoto.com

Those are amazing photos!

I just wonder how is it possible to make photos look like illustrations.

Any ideas?

Or is it a secret of every photoshop wiz? :)

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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 10:33:18 AM by Seagrave
You could try to muddy it up in neatimage.
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Imagodigipix
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 10:35:30 AM by Imagodigipix
There is a set of Photoshop own filters that let you get pictures like cartoons, illustrations or similar.
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Wysiwygfoto
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 12:51:12 PM by Wysiwygfoto
Thanks for sharing that site Maigi - very interesting style!


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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 13:49:13 PM by Cathysbelleimage
What an awesome site and photographer !!!Thanks for sharing Maigi !!
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Maigi
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 14:30:30 PM by Maigi
You all are welcome. :)



Thanks, guys, for your suggestions too. I definitely try some.



Dave's style is really amazing, I totally like it. I have tried to use different layers and blending modes and some fancy filters to achieve at least a little bit similar look with some of my photos, but with no success...

[And as a remark: I understand, it's not stock style. I just like it. :P]

It's interesting to play with GIMP and PSE, but when somebody referred to Dave's site, I realized that it's possible to make miracles if you handle different photo manipulation techniques. So, I'm eager to learn all new tricks I can. :)



Hey, do you have seen somebody else with similar style?

Post the links here, I'd appreciate that!
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Wysiwygfoto
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 16:14:07 PM by Wysiwygfoto

Originally posted by Maigi:
Quoted Message: You all are welcome. :)



Dave's style is really amazing, I totally like it. I have tried to use different layers and blending modes and some fancy filters to achieve at least a little bit similar look with some of my photos, but with no success...

[And as a remark: I understand, it's not stock style. I just like it. :P]

It's interesting to play with GIMP and PSE, but when somebody referred to Dave's site, I realized that it's possible to make miracles if you handle different photo manipulation techniques. So, I'm eager to learn all new tricks I can. :)





I clicked on the "behind the scenes" link and I think a lot of it has to do with the lighting. I like his setup and I like the way he uses the soft boxes. I think that may have a lot to do with it aside from the Photoshop work.



There is another photographer that does something similar - his images are creepy! They have a very dark feel to them. I'll see if I can find the link and post it.


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Wysiwygfoto
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 18:12:24 PM by Wysiwygfoto
I couldn't find the photographer I was referring to in my previous post. I think he is Polish - very young and highly educated. I know I sent the link to someone and will try to get it from him tomorrow. In the meantime, I did run across this person's site





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Keefo
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 20:28:38 PM by Keefo
HI Eendicott,



Are you taling about this guy? http://andrzejdragan.com/



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Tdswhite
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 21:29:43 PM by Tdswhite
Lighting certainly plays a huge part in these photographs. Perhaps blending layers of high contrast highlights and high contrast shadows with a well lighted subject will produce a photo such as the photographers mentioned in these replies. They have certainly mastered that technique.



Thank you for sharing!

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Appleman52
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Message posted at 12/11/2006, 23:10:37 PM by Appleman52

Originally posted by Maigi:
Quoted Message: Have you seen photos of Dave Hill?

His website is here: http://www.davehillphoto.com

Those are amazing photos!

I just wonder how is it possible to make photos look like illustrations.

Any ideas?

Or is it a secret of every photoshop wiz? :)





Maigi,



Actually there are many techniques and/or filters available for taking a photo and creating illustrations effects. Some produce rather radical effects.....but with practice there are other techniques that can result in a more subtle effect. Although this URL I am providing may not be exactly what you are looking for but I offer this merely as an example of a dramatic effect, producing a pen & ink effect. See my: http://static.flickr.com/122/279837068_7c2ae1e9c5_b.jpg I will say, however, that the admins at DT will normally reject anything that they feel is either not pure photographic or hand rendered illustration. Again, I must say that the DT criteria for accepting and rejecting is inconsistant. I have had computer generated illustration approved by DT - then in other instances, they have rejected images where I have used the exact same pen & ink techniques. I just cannot follow their (DT) logic. Another example of an image that I applied pen & ink effects (which, by the way, has sold very well is; File # 890788......yet they rejected another, very similiar image that I recently uploaded using the very same technique. As I say, I have yet to comprehend their logic. My thinking is a sale is a sale for DT but apparently they do not see it this way.



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Maigi
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 00:37:16 AM by Maigi
Wow, Ed and Kevin, thanks for the links! George Fulton looks like Dave Hill's brother :D - so similar styles. I love it! Ed, those Dave's "behind the scenes" videos are really interesting. I believe that his art is much more than just photoshoping. :) Thanks for bringing up the soft lighting. That's a good point.



Roger, great tips! Your car on flickr.com is super! Gives some ideas, how to use this effect with layers blending modes. Thanks!



I'm looking forward to more hints and links,

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Wysiwygfoto
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 07:36:47 AM by Wysiwygfoto

Originally posted by Keefo:
Quoted Message: HI Eendicott,



Are you talking about this guy? http://andrzejdragan.com/



Kevin




YES!!! I love his stuff - very dark but moving as well. Thanks for posting the link - I looked for about an hour last night and couldn't find it. If you look at this guys biography his education is amazing as well - he really operates on a much higher level!


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Palangsi
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 11:52:49 AM by Palangsi
Dear Maigi,



The lighting on the people or subject that dave uses is about a stop or two brighter than the surrounding ambient light, this can make the surrounding ambience more saturated looking thus producing the illustration look.



The round dish in the strobe lighting is a beauty dish and he uses that often and also a lot of softboxes and snoots ( directional light ).



Thats what I can observe from his behind the scenes shots.



Regards



Francis Wong

P.s still like your Wheat field shot.

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Maigi
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 14:15:29 PM by Maigi
:)

Thank you, Francis, I'm... er... thanks.
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Appleman52
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 20:56:48 PM by Appleman52
I should have mentioned previously - the work of this Dave Hill is fantastic! I do suppose that he uses very high end strobe lighting and lightbanks but it would appear that he is also using some type of PP technique - exactly what, I don' have a clue.



Actually if money is no object, one can afford to hire top line models, maintain a luxury studio and buy the best and most expensive photo equipment available. With anywhere between $ 10,000. to $ 20,000. even I could produce some top quality photos.......okay, maybe not but money sure does help.
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Appleman52
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Message posted at 12/12/2006, 21:01:33 PM by Appleman52
Take a look at this fellow's photos.
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Message posted at 12/13/2006, 00:20:57 AM by Cathysbelleimage
WOW !! This guy (Andrze) is amazing !!! Incredible images and portraits, incedible Bio !! wow ! Thanks for sharing Kevin !!
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Message posted at 12/13/2006, 04:52:57 AM by Maigi
Roger, thank you for the link! That Jens-guy must be using some HDR technique. Great photos! It fantastic how one can produce so sharp and colorful photos under low-light conditions.
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Maigi
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Message posted at 12/20/2006, 16:22:01 PM by Maigi
Phew... finally found a workflow and some ideas from this site under heading Combining Tools.

There are HDR, tone-mapping and blending layers involved. And many tools also...
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