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Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 21st, 2006, 10:27 PM
For some reason I decided to try the "photo-realistic line drawing technique" described by Deke McClelland in his "Deke Space" column in April/May and June issues of Photoshop User magazine.

The recipe includes about a dozen not-so-very-trivial steps, and since it's also a magazine article, I don't feel like violating his copyright by redescribing them. Yet the technique seems rather interesting, so I would recommend to get a hold of those two issues and play with it.

It took me a while before I figured out the "essense" and came out with the specific set of parameters that worked for my particular image.

But I liked the end result:-).

So, without further ado, please welcome:

A Prayer:

http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/104345212-L.jpg

And, in case you were curious what the original looked like:

http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/75121749-M.jpg

Enjoy photography as art!

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 04:14 PM
For some reason I decided to try the "photo-realistic line drawing technique" described by Deke McClelland in his "Deke Space" column in April/May and June issues of Photoshop User magazine.


As Deke promised in his article, once you get your hands wrapped around this, you're gonna have a field day!

After playing this whole morning with it I managed to create an action (68 steps!!!) that does most of the dirty work for me.

Once it's done I only need to tweak the artistically important parts (opacity, manual masking and such).
In his article Deke says you should be prepared to spend 10-15 minutes only on ONE of those steps (granted, the most boring one).

With the action I wrote I can go from zero to hero in about 5 min *total* - or so my current experience
tells me.

Here's an example of such action-based 5 min work:

Portrait of a young lady:

http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/104532110-L.jpg

Enjoy!

Asher Kelman
October 22nd, 2006, 04:53 PM
Excellent, Nikolai!

Now can we choose which types of cross hatching or dot we'd like to use?

Asher

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 05:44 PM
Well, it all depends on a pattern used. I used 8 different angled line patterns 48x48 each, with different line widths ranging from 1 pixel to 24 pixels.
I don't see why it can't be done with different pattern set, like dots, squares, hearts or whatever your heart desires...

Asher Kelman
October 22nd, 2006, 06:04 PM
Well, it all depends on a pattern used. I used 8 different angled line patterns 48x48 each, with different line widths ranging from 1 pixel to 24 pixels.
I don't see why it can't be done with different pattern set, like dots, squares, hearts or whatever your heart desires...
Hmm

Maybe you could set that up as a set of options.

Asher

Ray West
October 22nd, 2006, 07:03 PM
Hi Nikolai,

These are interesting. The first looks like the sort of hand drawn cartoon type of art as in a comic strip, I would like to see some sort of story unfolding, maybe a series leading into a coloured image. I would want to tidy it up a bit, the white on the left eyelash, maybe one or two from the hair. The second is an entirely different type of effect.

I think with probaly a bit more work, you could age images beyond the usual early 20th century sepia prints, back to 18th century engravings, which could be interesting for 20th century artifacts. Well worth the effort.

Best wishes,

Ray

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 07:36 PM
Asher,
You can do show that as a set of option with a jscript, but that's a lot of work:-)

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 07:37 PM
Ray,
as always with any art (and Ps as a tool) the possibilities are endless:-)
Glad you liked it!

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 07:39 PM
Since line art tends to deteriorate fast with resizing, here's a 100% crop.

Check out the intricacy of the different hatch levels...

http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/104598444-O.jpg

Ray West
October 22nd, 2006, 08:39 PM
Hi NiKolai,

I could chemically etch these in brass or copper, any metal. I know someone in USA who could probably do it for you, if you wish. If you got some ink and a suitable press we could reinvent gutenberg....

Best wishes,

Ray

Nikolai Sklobovsky
October 22nd, 2006, 09:12 PM
Hi NiKolai,

I could chemically etch these in brass or copper, any metal. I know someone in USA who could probably do it for you, if you wish. If you got some ink and a suitable press we could reinvent gutenberg....

Best wishes,

Ray

LOL,

I can simply print it :-)