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  • Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

    Select the required image using Editing program (Photoshop)
    Duplicate your Background layer by clicking Layer>Duplicate Layer in Menu!
    Ensure that you have Black as Foreground colour by pressing CTRL + D
    Go to Filters in menu & select Filter>Stylize>Find Edges which will apply the 'Find Edges' to convert to Line Drawing in colour!
    Press Shift + Ctrl + U to desaturate the image.
    Open the Levels adjustment in Menu by selecting Image>Adjust>Levels & move the Right hand marker to the left! This will clean up the lines & remove a bit of the fuzziness!
    You can also selectively remove some unwanted lines by changing your foreground colour to white, selecting a small size of pencil tool! By zooming in, you are able to remove lines by clicking the pencil tool on them! By dragging the pencil tool over the lines will eradicate them quicker if precision not required!
    Check that Foreground colour is still Black!
    Go back to Layers palette & apply a layer mask (the square with circle in the middle) By selecting this icon you apply the layer mask!
    Bring up the Gradient tool by hitting G on keyboard.
    With layer copy selected, drag the gradient from about the middle of the photo down! The further down or up you take the gradeent, the less line drawing will show. I experimented with my photo by applying the gradient two or 3 times to get the required look! I used the Foreground to Transparent gradient!
    You can also use the High Pass & Note paper filters to produce line drawings! Those are more work but tend to give you more flexibility with precision line drawings! If anybody would like to know more about that, send me a message or reply here! Good Luck & Happy experimenting!
    Jocelyn

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    Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

    Thanks Jocelyn. I am printing this so that I can have a go when I have more time. I don't want to lose it.
    Audrey

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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    • #3
      Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

      Excellent - tried it and suceeded!

      Thanks for the tutorial, a great effect that I would never have worked out without this advice.

      Thanks,

      Neil

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      • #4
        Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

        I am so glad that people have been interested in this effect, as I personally love it! I had spent so long painting back colour on a layer, pixel by pixel almost, to get the same effect - until finding this method! I'd love to see your pic Neil, using the method & anyone else that may like to give it a whirl!
        Jocelyn

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        • #5
          Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

          Basically, you can use any of the filters for whatever effect & then use a vector mask & gradient (the foreground to transparent being the best) to create the transition. The Graphic pen filter can be used initially to create the B&W line drawing, but this gives the lines a fuzzier edge! However you can tidy this up on the layer by selecting white as the foreground colour & selecting the pencil tool with varying sizes to tidy up the image! This is sometimes not necessary in the areas which are revealed as pure photograph! Some really amazing effects can be had using the solarizing filter & difused glow! I've attached a pic where the graphic pen filter is used for the example!
          Attached Files
          Jocelyn

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          • #6
            Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

            Hi Jocelyn-

            well, this is what I did with the effect you informed me about... this is an art piece above a gallery in my home town.







            Regards,

            Neil.

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            • #7
              Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

              That sure is different! It's great to see how the effect can be used in so many diferent ways! It can be utilized to accentuate a subject or give another more depth! Advertizing seem to use the effect fairly frequently!
              Jocelyn

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              • #8
                Re: Doing this on Elements.

                I notice that one or two are struggling to use elements for this effect.

                A link here to a guide which I followed and which allowed me to use Jocelyn's guide with elements 6.0

                http://www.photoshopessentials.com/b...ask/page-2.php

                Good luck!


                Regards,

                Neil

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                • #9
                  Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

                  Hi Neil -

                  Thanks.

                  I shall have a busy evening.

                  Regards. Barr1e

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                  • #10
                    Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

                    Hi Jocelyn -

                    I am pleased you started this thread as I have learnt (well nearly) something new. I think finding the right image and applying this technique as shown by you and others has a plus side to 'that' image.

                    Thanks to Neil's link above here is my first attempt.


                    Regards. Barr1e
                    Last edited by Barr1e; 24-11-08, 07:49 PM. Reason: layout

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                    • #11
                      Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

                      Congratulations - I think this image suits the transformation well. It is an interesting effect, isn't it?

                      Regards,

                      Neil

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                      • #12
                        Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

                        Barry - I like this, think I'll have to have a go - tomorrow...

                        Did you use Elements 5 or 6?

                        Carol
                        http://carolannphotos.com

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                        • #13
                          Re: Converting Photos to Line Drawing & Transitions

                          Originally posted by Caz View Post
                          Barry - I like this, think I'll have to have a go - tomorrow...

                          Did you use Elements 5 or 6?

                          Carol

                          Hi Carol -

                          Elements 5. I printed the suggestions out from the link of Neil's above which served as a most useful guide - it took just a few minutes to work out and implement.

                          Regards. Barr1e

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