Convert to Artistic Impression
photo realistic 10 color print on a black shirt always looks good but
let's face it how often will your customer be prepared to pay for that.
This is where the "Artistic Impression" routine excels.
It can easily turn a full color photograph into a two, three, four or whatever, color graphic that looks like it's been done by a professional Artist. No drawing necessary.
For this design the preparation
also includes making the Line Draw Mask for the digger and transforming
this photographic looking image into a more graphic style image.
First we have to create a "Line Draw" mask for this routine. Go to the Actions list (Window > Actions) scroll down to the blue button "Make Line Draw Mask" and click.
A message will pop up, read it and click stop. Select the “Pen” tool (make sure the “Paths” icon is selected, third one in on the menu bar at the top of your screen, looks like a pen in a box) with the Pen tool selected zoom into your image and begin to trace around the outside edge of the digger.
Trace all around the outside
edge of the digger, close the mask path by clicking the last point onto
the first point. Next open the “Paths” list (window > paths) then click
on the small arrow head in the top right hand corner scroll down and
click “Fill Path”. In the fill path window that opens “Contents” should
read “Use =Black” - “Blending = Normal, Opacity = 100%”, “Rendering
= Feather Radius=0 and anti-aliased should be unchecked. Then click
Mask will appear purple on your image. To cut out areas like the window
areas in the cab do the same as above, trace with the pen tool, only fill
with 100% white instead of black, this will remove that area from the
When you have finished making your mask click on the “Make line Draw Mask” button again (which appears red) to complete the mask making routine.
We can now do some Pre-separation work. This image is a little dark and flat so lets lighten it up first. Make sure you have the RGB channel selected then in the Actions list scroll down to the yellow button "Increase Brightness" and click.
click the yellow "Improve Image RGB" button, this will add sharpness and
color. Now the image is ready for separation.
It still needs to be a little lighter so click the "Increase Brightness" button again.
the message that appears and click continue. This routine will remove
the background and transform the photograph into a more graphic less photographic
looking image. In the Actions list scroll down to the blue button "Artists
Impression" and click.
Save this image to your Hard Drive and call it "Art Digger", but keep it open so we can separate it.
Step 2 Separation
go back to the Actions List and click on the blue button "Separate artists
impression". Read the message that appears and click continue. The speed
of this routine will depend on the speed of your computer.
When finished the "Routine Complete" message will appear click continue.
To produce this design
as a 2 color print on a white shirt, first change the shirt color, to
do this click on the blue button "Change Shirt color" and in the box
that appears click on the small blue box next to the word "color" and
change the color to white, then
this tutorial the the digger will be yellow.
To achieve this select the "light blue" channel, and with the "lasso" tool make a rough selection around the diggers arm and cab base only. You are going to add this area to the yellow channel.
the selection around the diggers arm active, select the "yellow" channel
then go to the actions list and click on the green button "add light blue
to ...." click it twice.
will notice the area of "light blue" you selected has now been added
to the yellow channel.
Next select the "dark blue"
channel and with the "lasso" tool again make a selection around the
Select the "yellow" channel
then go to the actions list and click on the green button "add
back to the channels list and turn off all the color
The NX -Digger appears
yellow. You can see by adding
This yellow color can be matched to any pantone color your customer requires, using one of the Wilflex Mixing systems.
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