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Computer software/photo question

Postby chillicamper » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:54 am

As some of you know, I like doing a bit of wood burning. (how could you not......I post them all on here :lol: ) I've tried my hand at pencil sketch type shading and it's ok.....but I'm not the best artist.

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I happened to find this contrast portrait on the net,

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So I had a go at turning it in to a burning......and was quite pleased with the results

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So.....now the question is......given my limitied artistic ability, is there any photo software out there that can produce this sort of effect. I'd like to have a go at a portrait of my kids.

I know that to a certain extent it will depend on the light/dark contrast of the photo. But is there any software out there that can come close to producing this single black white effect.

Just adusting the contrast on photos leaves a very indistinct and un recognisable picture. Any ways of getting a workable pattern contrast picture to burn from would be gratefully received.
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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby chris.ph » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:37 am

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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby raptornx01 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:58 am

Use Gimp. http://www.gimp.org/ It's free and as powerful as photoshop or one of those, but can easily do simple jobs like this.

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did that in about a minute. with more time you could fine tune it however you want.
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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby chillicamper » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:16 am

Cheers. That looks great. I shall download it later and have a play.
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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:46 am

Using Gimp, I think converting to grayscale and then using the posterise tool (set to 2 colours) does the trick. However, you may need to play with the contrast levels first in order to get the details you want. I'm not sure if there is a better way to do it.

Hope that is some help.
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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby Penfold » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:41 pm

I think your question has already been answered as GIMP should cover most of your needs. I use Photoshop CS6 which is very pricey but Elements can be picked up fairly cheaply (especially the older versions). :D
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Re: Computer software/photo question

Postby Catch-up » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:08 pm

Very cool results Chilli! Looking forward to seeing more.
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