For as long as I have used Photoshop and various photo manipulation tools, I have wanted to create this rendering style. Lines delicately defined, outlining graphic shapes, with simple color. Other tools and filters I have used leave heavy lines and strong contrast, looking clearly like someone toying with a photograph.
Like any filter or art technique, it takes just the right photo to make the affect really work. These Petunias, ‘Punch Banana’, set up nicely as a two dimensional tapestry with all the fine lines working to lead the eye into the frame.
Photos that fill the frame with shape and texture work well. The original image needs to be sharp through out or noise will build up in the blurred areas as in this bougainvillea ‘Imperial Thai Delight’.
I came across the high pass tool while trying to find an edge sharpening tool that would add a bit of snap without adding overall contrast. The basic technique is to create a Photoshop layer for sharpening and use the High Pass filter. Use a fairly small radius on the filter, depending on image size; desaturate all color and hue; and change the layer blending mode from Normal to Soft Light. Then, duplicate the layer 20 to 50 times which will magnify the subtle results of using the filter only once.
Like any effect, results may vary. I found this white rose ‘Pillow Talk’ growing under the variegated maple tree ‘Carnival’. A riot of texture.
Great potential to flatten these textures for the woodblock – high pass rendering effect. First I opened it up with adjustments to shadows and highlights, added the high pass filter and added back a bit of yellow blush and also knocked down a bit of the blue in the shadows.
The original high pass rendering effect created too much noise in the soft blue shadow so the final version also need the Reduce Noise filter.
It is way too easy to get carried away with any new technique. I found myself forcing it onto photos that need something, but maybe not the woodblock effect.
Here this geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ makes a fine composition that the high pass rendering effect helps to dramatize.
But the wonderful color of the leaves and flower is better served with a watercolor treatment. Back to an old favorite filter – Topaz Simplify.
Too many tools. Too much fun.