Saturday, October 27, 2007

How to make an image look like a newspaper cutout

Just decided to fool around with Photoshop today, and after getting permission from the model in the picture (heheh thanks Choul), I'll post this up.

Reading this book on Retro styling, there was an article on how to make photos look like its from old newspapers. Unfortunately, I don't remember all of the tutorial, so I guess I'll just give it my best shot. So here's the original picture.

So, my goal is to make the picture look like a black and white newspaper cutout from a newspaper. Here are the steps taken:

  1. Desaturated the original image, to make it black and white.
  2. Increased the contrast using the Brightness/Contrast sliders. Don't ask why, it just works and that's what the book said.
  3. Applied a Halftone filter (twice, I wasn't satisfied with once). Its at Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern.
  4. By now I've got the image looking somewhat like a newspaper photo. Next, I lassoed the picture with random mouse strokes to make it look like a tearaway.
  5. Ctrl-X, to cut the selection out, and move it to a new document. I have two layers now, Background and the one I pasted.
  6. Applied a Drop Shadow effect on the layer to make it look more "paper-ish"
  7. Filled in the bottom layer with a slightly saturated colour, to put emphasis on the newspaper cutout.
  8. The end
Here's the final result:

Yeah I know its not much, but hey, its sufficient for a 5-10 minute job. :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Talk to the finger - Unfinished

I have a few unfinished works that I have in my hard disk, and this is one of them. The idea was to have this character giving the finger with a "watcha-lookin-at?" theme, if you get what I mean. I posed a 3D model for reference to draft out a sketch. As you can see, she somewhat looks like Alyson on the 2nd draft. I tried to put more time with the colouring to make her look more realistic, but in the end what I wanted to portray is gone. So I stopped there. Maybe someday I'll complete this.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Welcome to Otak 3 Pagi

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Hi folks, this is my first post for Otak 3 Pagi. This blog will be dedicated to my art and design, and I'll post up whatever I have going on in my mind (related to art or design). Why Otak 3 Pagi (3 a.m Mind) ? Well, me and Kusa used to come up with the funniest, craziest and weirdest jokes around this time, and I thought, hey, that's when my mind is most creative.

Now, I'm just thinking of a great template for this. Hmm.... I guess I have to fool around with CSS then. Pardon the mess, using my old blog template at the moment.
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