Monday, January 19, 2009
Here's one that you don't get everyday. A reader asked about making line drawing head shots (like the ones used in the Wall Street Journal) for her agency's internal newsletter. She said, almost in a challenging way, that it should be easy for someone such as myself.
I'd like to devise a long tutorial about the various methods of doing something like this, but who has time for creative pursuits when you've got a newsletter to get to press?
A better idea ... Toonit! Digital Anarchy's handy little plug-in is just the tool needed for this job. Once downloaded and installed, you'll find it in the Filters menu under Digital Anarchy. There are all sorts of controls ... but you don't want allsorts ... you want results. So, click on Woodcuts from the presets menu on the right side of the dialog box. Then click OK.
If you've got a bunch of photos to get through, you'll enjoy the fact that it's really that easy. You can clean up the edges a bit, or leave it as-is. It's one of the quickest ways to get from basic image to outline effect. With all of the other presets, and the ability to tweak each one to your liking, it's well worth the price.