Creating illustrations from photos is one of the most versatile ways to edit your pictures. You can take any photo and create an entirely new image or combination of images, or you can pick and choose pieces to include in your illustration.
There are many tools available that allow you to do this, but none compare to Adobe’s free Photo-to-Illustration tool. In this article, we will be going over all of the features of the app and how to use them. Let’s get started!
Note: This article may contain spoilers.
With that out of the way, let’s dive into some tips and tricks for creating beautiful digital illustrations using Photoshop.
Tip #1 – Know Your Tools
When editing photographs, there are several different tools that can be used to achieve various results. Some people focus only on photoshop, while others learn other software such as gimp or lightroom so well that they become masters of their craft.
However, outside of these two apps, few people know much about the rest of the software that is able to edit photographic material. It is very important to understand the functions of each program if you want to truly master your artistic skills.
Luckily, there are several sites and blogs with great information on both casual users as well as more experienced photographers who write about the inner workings of every app.
Examples of illustrations of photos
There are many ways to create an illustration or graphic design using digital tools. One way is to take a photo and then add artistic touches to it.
You can use this method to do it yourself, or you could hire someone else to help you achieve your goal.
By adding textures, colors, and designs onto a pre-existing image, you can make the picture more interesting than just having a plain photograph.
This article will go into detail about some easy ways to create beautiful graphics using pictures that we already have access to online and in apps.
Popular illustrators of photos
There are many popular artists who create illustrations that blend into or compliment altered, manipulated, or distorted photographs. These artistic styles are known as digital illustration.
Some examples of this style include creating an image that is framed in by the edge of the photo, adding detail to an area of the photograph, incorporating silhouettes, or illustrating a concept or theme.
These types of illustrations can be hard to identify where the artist’s style is immediately recognizable but also seem natural for the given project.
Professional photographers use these creative techniques when editing their work so it is not uncommon to see them incorporated into other people’s pictures.
Digital artistry of illustrations of photos
While some people may consider taking pictures as the ultimate expression of self, creative individuals are creating new ways to use photographs for inspiration.
Digital illustrators take existing photos and create new designs or artistic expressions using them. These artists often distort, blend, overlay and experiment with the colors in the photo to produce vibrant, eye-catching images that they then design and publish themselves.
Some designers even completely re-create the scene or setting from the photograph! It is very entertaining to watch these artists’ creativity pour out onto the computer screen.
These artists also use the photographic image as a source of inspiration. Many add textures, patterns or other features to match the original work style, or apply their own unique touches.
Popular subjects of illustrations of photos
Many people have made their career off of creating interesting, well-designed pictures using different styles and techniques. These artists use it to give your image new life, or create new images from old ones.
Some of the most popular types of illustrations are:
Photographic drawings – these take advantage of the tonal range in light and dark areas of a picture to add depth and dimension
– these take advantage of the tonal range in light and dark areas of a picture to add depth and dimension Conceptual art – these look at ideas, concepts, and themes and apply them onto a new medium
– these look at ideas, concepts, and themes and apply them onto a new media Abstract painting – colors mixed together and structures applied to new forms
– colors mixed together and structures applied to new forms Comic strips – stories told through quick sketches with humor
– stories told through quick sketches with humor Geometric patterns – shapes that repeat themselves and/or blend into each other
– shapes that repeat themselves and/or blend into each other Realistic drawing – practice doing normal looking lines before more stylized looks
These styles can all be incorporated into making an illustration out of only photographs.
Abstract illustrations of photos
Another way to use pictures with this article is as abstract illustrations or decorations for your photographs. These images are not practical, but they look cool!
Digital artists create these by taking one good picture and then adding in patterns and shapes that match or compliment the photo. They then take away some of the background color and mix it up to produce an interesting new image.
These designs can be printed off onto paper and cut out to use as a pattern or designed-to-be-inserted into online articles and blogs. If you have a device with very little memory, only small amounts of digital art may run slow so check before investing more time in them!
I will talk about two types of abstract illustration here: geometric and collage styles. Both of these can easily be done in any software such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).
Realistic illustrations of photos
Many artists create realistic looking pictures that contain no picture sources. These are known as digital illustrations or fake photo effects.
Most people recognize these designs because they look very authentic, almost like real photographs!
They use computer software to apply textures, shapes, and environments to make the image seem more natural.
These types of images are fun to see! If you ever have a question about how to take good fake photograph effects, then watch YouTube videos or read online tutorials.
There are many websites with free design resources so do not feel that it is only for paid members.
Cartoon illustrations of photos
Sometimes, people take pictures that are so good that they really do not need to be saved or shared; you have already got their look! With technology advancing at such a lightning speed, creating your own digital illustrations is possible in almost any field.
If you love looking at beautiful photographs, then why not make your own! There are many ways to go about it. You can create cartoon-style illustrations, add fun textures or patterns to them, and even mix up the colors. Or, you can stick to more neutral settings and just emphasize the shape and structure of the image.
There are several free applications and websites with lots of creative potential. Some only require basic computer skills, while others may ask you to pay for some features.
Minimalist illustrations of photos
Recent trends in digital art include minimalist, or non-existent, illustration. Artists choose to omit most parts of an image, making it seem even more powerful. These designs are very striking and usually feature one main element that is emphasized by its size or proportion.
Some examples of this style can be seen in the work of artists such as Takuro Okamura or Mitsuhiro Tokuda. Both use silhouettes but make them look flashy and artistic instead of plain and simple.
These types of images often focus on the circle of light surrounding something or someone, creating what’s called a “light box effect.” It gives the feeling of safety and intimacy, which is interesting for pictures depicting intimate moments like kissing or having sex.
Overall, these styles create strong reactions, mostly emotions.