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    Programs to convert your photos into art

    Well, not so straight forward, but still cool. I've been doing photo-artography (a term I thought I concocted on my own but others have tried to prove me wrong at other forums; lol) for over a decade now. Not going to tut my horn though; just going to share some cool programs for those that are interested.

    The grand-daddy is actually a Microsoft created Photoshop plugin called Impressionist (that use to be shipped with Office 2000 Premium). Microsoft long ago abandoned this cool plugin. It even works in GIMP if you know the secret. Use to be able to get it at Trimoon's site (Asnailspace) but the site's been down for quite a while now; thanks to the wayback machine, the link to the file itself still apparently works:

    http://web.archive.org/web/201110180...ressionist.zip

    DAP:

    Before DAP, there was Arcimbolder. The creator of Arcimbolder sold rights to Mediachance and Oscar created DAP. I just purchased the 64-bit DAP 4 upgrade (again, been using DAP for years to create paintings out of photos; my main push has been with creating object art using DAP (see this thread for details).

    Postwork Shop Pro:

    I still use this one often enough; great for certain effects but I'll let the website share those effects; yes, I still have the latest version:

    http://postworkshop.net/

    FotoSketcher:

    David's done a wonderful job with this gem; it's still free too.

    http://www.fotosketcher.com/

    PicPak:

    Yet another free gem for packing anything. Johnny's going to do some fantastic things with his program soon too (keep in touch by email with him):

    http://picpaks.com/



    Of course, I use many other programs/plugins and I would be admiss if I did not mention G'MIC. Another David (lol) created this gem and it's my main engine of inspiration. I use the GIMP plugin for this one.

    http://gmic.sourceforge.net/

    I know I missed a lot of other gems/honorable mentions, but I've probably have forgotten more things as related to creating art from photos then most people would like to know anyway. lol



    Edit:

    Had forgotten about Buzz; Fo2pix also went out of business years ago; the plugin's too good to give up too so Asnailspace also hosts this one (again, thanks for the Wayback machine).

    http://web.archive.org/web/201311040...o3_Plug-In.zip
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    Has anyone raised the resolution to a point where it's difficult or impossible to see the objects until magnified several times? Or would that defeat the style of art?

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    lol

    Details are in the eye of the beholder F.U.N. downtown (i.e., sometimes less is more).

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    I was just wondering because we have a big old oak sitting in a valley all by itself, half dead half alive and I think it would just be a blast if it looked photorealistic until one zoomed and all of a sudden the bark became wood ticks and the grass and leaves were nothing but aphids and grasshoppers. Or a simple picture of a stream, zoom in and it's all trout and bass and bullheads.

    I've used AndreaMosaic in the past; seems like that defines photo-artography since it uses photos as the objects eh?

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    I think you will appreciate Chris Jordan's work F.U.N. downtown. He's definitely an inspiration to me. In the meantime, enjoy some of my colored pencil collection.

    http://chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#building-blocks

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    Yes, thanks. I see now that the images have to be absolutely humongous in order to keep the resolution good to excellent in both states; magnified and not. I hope Chris lets loose now and then instead of being socially conscious all the time.

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    Ooh, it all hurts my brain. Not being an artist, I would never be able to do anything like this, but it's certainly different. As F.U.N. says, don't forget a bit of humour sometimes, it helps to cope with the social conciousness aspect!

    Thanks for the post.

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    Chris' definitely an inspiration but I prefer rendering for rendering's sake so I do agree that agenda driven renders would make me eventually go insane. lol

    Still, Chris is a heck of a lot better faker then I'll ever be.

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    I've only just started to peruse some of these, but they're just what I'm looking for for a specific graphics project. Thanks so much for taking the time to post all of this!
    Erin Walsh,
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    You're welcom Erin; just remember: have fun. Once you catch the bug, it's incurable though (so just a warning; lol).

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    I just downloaded photosketcher in the hope that it will provide me with the ability to convert portraits into line art. I have tried just a few others and have not been completely satisfied, since the end product still produced too many lines. But, thank you very much for the suggetions.

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