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#1 OFFLINE   Chall

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:41 AM

Update 2017 – April 20

I’m glad to see the community response to this. Lovely images, everyone. Seeing the different approaches showed me blind spots in my own work. I'll be updating my own work in the first page of this post.

In the comments below, feel free to post your own images. I’d love to get a discussion going about car art in general.

I’d love to see a little description that shows the following:

1. The inspiration behind the work,
2. Your process (Examples: Did you start with a plan? How much did the plan change?)
3. Choice of filters.

All the above is optional – you can keep your trade secrets if you wish.

Now for some more of my work this week.

An Alpine A110.
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1. Scooped the car out of it's original picture
2. Created multiple layers
3. Inverted the colors on one layer
4. Used the Value Propagate filter under Distorts to create the line work
5. Kept applying that filter to deepen the line work

6. Cartoon filter applied to darken the line work even more
7. Laid the line work over a copy of the original image
8.  Adjusted Color Curves and Output Levels for effect
9.  Laid the original on top of the work again to darken and give depth
10. Cleaned up spotty sections with the smudge tool

And now for a more final looking image


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I took the background photo in the middle of a long walk. I used the same steps above to get a cartoon effect on the background.

I only had to paste the car into the picture, scale it up and lighten it to match the look of the background.


Onto the next.

A screenshot from a sidecar run at the Isle of Mann.


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Same set of filters applied, but WAAAAAY more color adjustment to bring out the sun flare. I didn't like the digital leftovers from the filters, so I went in with the Smudge tool to correct just about everything. I isolated the sidecar and changed the Brightness and Saturation to make it stand out from everything else.

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Greetings all!

I've been exploring what makes an image appear as a drawing for a while. The desire for this came from two personal video editing projects that I wanted to animate. I can draw, but only VERY slowly. So I searched for an easier way. These pictures are what came from my experimenting.

I use Gimp for my image editing. I primarily use filters and many color adjustments to get a drawn look.

A Porsche 911 in a Rally. This was a screengrab from a youtube video. I really like the minimalist style (even though no one else seems to :giggle: )

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This was my first serious personal project. The Toyota 2000GT.

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Here goes the Spice SE88. The main character in short story I wrote drove this. I aim to do the illustrations for the story using this photo editing technique.


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Here's an alternate version.

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Background for the car. Taken in my neighborhood. You can see my bookbag on the left :yahoo: .

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Now the car.

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Tilt and motion blur for effect. Many details need to be cleaned up. Also, I need to figure out how to create a motion blur effect that looks good to me.

More coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Edited by Chall, 20 May 2017 - 12:58 AM.

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#2 ONLINE   ironsim

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 06:43 AM

Very cool, I like the 2000gt pic!
I like to play with my photo editor too...I add cars to a background or use some filters like the magic stylo or drama like this one

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Or this

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But this one is missing some shadows around the cars to be more realistic ;)

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 06:59 AM

Nice, so much fun can be had with photo editors. Some fun artsy images Chall, great for  t-shirts and wall posters.  :eusa_clap:
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:09 AM

Very nice images created by experiment.
I tried myself to play with the software I used.
This is the result :)

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:17 AM

Did a similar filter once with my speciale and scuderia

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:24 PM

intriguing and neat pics! Very stylish and alternative. I shudder to think of the mess I'd create if left alone with photo editing software :)

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:30 PM

Digging the 911 and first Spice image.  I like when edges blend into the background like that.

#8 OFFLINE   Chall

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:57 AM

Scuddy:
Give it a try! Creating through photo-editing software is daunting at first, but only because there are a plethora of options. With time and practice you’ll create something that you’re proud of. That’s the real beauty of creating: realizing your vision.

M3d1an:
I like how the Aston Martin came out. Made me smile.

Ironsim:
Likewise for the Nissans. And yes, before I went to sleep this morning, I was imagining how to add shadows to your Lambos.

protzenegger:
Thanks!

Colourkin22:
You’re absolutely right about the photo editing. This week I think I’ve finally gotten comfortable with my program of choice. The things that frustrated and confused me as a student years ago (Selection tools, Paths, Layers…) make a lot more sense now. In a few months, I may be using the software to draw from scratch.
Take a break from your life.
Turn off your computer.
Leave your phone behind.

Become still for a while.
You will begin to see the world clearly.
You will begin to find your place in everything,
And realize that all is beautiful.
Live.




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