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Here's a way to make a kind of cartoon of an image.

 

  • Layer/Duplicate layer.
  • Filters/Detect/Detect Edges.
  • Layer/Invert.
  • Blend Mode: Colour Burn.
  • Add Curves above it all and pull up midtones.
  • Play with Opacity to vary strength of effect.

Interesting effect with landscapes and architecture. Not tried it on people.


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Gave it a shot, not sure I got the results you expected. What do you think?

 

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DM, maybe if you posted your sample, I could tell if I was in the ballpark.


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Dave Straker

Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast Photo with i7-3770 + 16Gb RAM + Philips 40in 4K; Surface Pro 4 i5

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Attached examples. Pier1 is original. Pier2 is edited. Zoom in to see detail difference.

 

It's an experiment that gave an interesting result.

 

 

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Dave Straker

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Gave it a shot, not sure I got the results you expected. What do you think?

 

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DM, maybe if you posted your sample, I could tell if I was in the ballpark.

 

Yes, that's the kind of thing. Looks good!

 

I tried with your original and got the attached. You have more white lines. Did you invert the duplicate or edges? Doesn't matter -- playing with either gives different effect.

 

Dave

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Dave Straker

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Yes, that's the kind of thing. Looks good!

 

I tried with your original and got the attached. You have more white lines. Did you invert the duplicate or edges? Doesn't matter -- playing with either gives different effect.

 

Dave

 

Dave, thanks for the samples and especially trying my image. I see, and it looks somewhat like a really intense HDR, doesn't it? Thanks! I'll go through it again to ck on those white lines in my first attempt.


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Back in the day, I would use online cartoon image converters to get an idea on how to have photos of real people as cartoon characters. But since anyone can design those sites, it may not be safe to download from them, so it's good to know of a technique in Affinity Photo.


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Update: Convert edges layer to b/w and add Gaussian Blur (adjust to taste). So sequence is now:

 

  • Layer/Duplicate layer.
  • Filters/Detect/Detect Edges.
  • Layer/Invert.
  • Layer/New Adjustment Layer/Black & White
  • Layer/New Live Filter Layer/Gaussian Blur (radius 1 or vary to taste)
  • Blend Mode: Colour Burn.
  • Add Curves above it all and pull up midtones.
  • Play with Opacity to vary strength of effect.

Worked better in some images. Gaussian Blur reduces cartoon effect and copes with irregular edge detection.


Dave Straker

Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast Photo with i7-3770 + 16Gb RAM + Philips 40in 4K; Surface Pro 4 i5

Favourite word: Aha. For me and for others.

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