Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Technique Tuesday - Photo to Copics
Kymberlee posting here today from The Paper Midwife. It's the First Tuesday of the month here at PCWC so you know what THAT means....
I am so excited to share with everyone here today in my very first Technique Tuesday Guest Designer post! I can't thank Caroline and Allison enough for this opportunity. LOVE you guys <3
Okay enough with the sappy stuff and on to what I have for you today...
I took a Copics basic and intermediate certification class back in September and since then I have been a voracious MONSTER learning all I can and playing, experimenting, and playing some more. One of the things I was really interested in was realistic coloring, more specifically making photos into line drawings to color. Now I am no pro photographer but I happen to have a daughter that IS and as an added bonus, she also has some pretty adorable subjects that I wanted to color. BOOYA!
I struggled trying to figure out HOW to convert my photos using Photoshop but rather than me making this long post even longer I am going to give you a CHEAT and HUGE shortcut to circumvent the learning curve. You can find a step by step tutorial from photoshopbuzz.com HERE or just download the FREE ACTION HERE
Now that you know how to turn you favorite into a line drawing, you may need to tweak it some using your contrast adjustment layer to lighten or darken the photo depending on how much guidance you want in your coloring. I went for broke and just wanted the major landmarks so I took this original photo of my grandson "Roo":
Stripped it down to THIS:
then printed it out on my LASER printer onto BeePaper 110# Artist Marker paper
Then using my Copics and the original photo as my guide, I colored it to THIS:
Now grab your favorite photograph and your markers and don't be scurrrrred...GO FOR IT!!!