dot drawing filter

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dot drawing filter

Postby murtle » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:26 pm

Can anyone suggest a filter that will transform my color photos into black and white drawings that look like they were made by a pen using a dot technique? The one PS calls pointilize doesn't really do it.

I'm using PS Elements 3 with Mac OS10.3.

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Pointilize

Postby artzend » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:36 am

Hi,

I use Pshop and with it, to achieve a result like you are looking for, you change the image from rgb to grayscale and then to bitmap.

First you will need to lighten your image, I use the layers pallette and duplicate the layer and set the resolution to Screen. This may need to be repeated and the amount of lightening adjusted by the opacity sliders.

Then

Image >grayscale
Image>bitmap

Now set the resolution to something like 150dpi in the box that is presented and use diffusion dither.

You can experiment with these settings but the key to the whole thing is having the initial image light to start with.

Artzend

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dot drawiing filter

Postby murtle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:30 am

not bad but it still doesn't really look like it was done with a pen

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Postby artzend » Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:57 am

Keep fiddling with the settings and the resolutions. I can get pretty close to the look with the images I am working with. I had to change sizes and resolutions to get it to work properly because I wanted that look for a book.

In the end I lightened my images so they were very washed out which removes a lot of dots, and with my image set at 72 dpi I saved the bitmaps at 300 dpi with the dither.

The less info that you present to the bitmap process the better the dots work, so keep duplicating layers with the screen setting. You will have to print the image to see if it worked because it doesn't really look the same on a monitor.

Artzend

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pen sketch from photos

Postby critter » Sat Jul 01, 2006 5:54 pm

I recently tried a program Called "Photo to sketch" from Thinker Software
I expired my trial version and decided to by it and was pleased to find that they had upgraded it. version 3.2 is now free.
http://www.thinkersoftware.com/photo-to ... index2.htm Copy and paste that in your browser. I've had REALLY GOOD results and think you will be pleased. I'll be buying the upgraded version as soon as my wife lets me.........LOL......Enjoy,Critter

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Postby murtle » Sat Jul 01, 2006 6:53 pm

I haven't had a chance to fiddle with the Adobe filters yet as Arzend suggested, but took a quick look at Photo to Sketch. Unfortunately it's Windows only, so I can't use it.

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How about these?

Postby jaynelson » Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:53 am

Series 3 Screens Filter ($109.00) lets you apply mezzotints, mezzograms and pattern screens to selected areas. For images that would otherwise be printed with a coarse screen ruling, mezzotinting can yield greater detail and a sharper image, while adding beauty and reducing file size. You can apply different effects to separate parts of an image.

Cutline Filter ($74.00) converts a grayscale image to a black-and-white engraving similar to the portraits on U.S. currency. It provides interactive control over the spacing of the lines as well as the angle of the curves, giving you complete freedom to create the engraving of your dreams.

EtchTone Filter ($98.00) generates a randomized etch (black and white line conversion) of a gray or color photograph or illustration, and then lets you overlay or blend the etch back onto the original image.

http://www.andromeda.com
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