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Posterised Flattened Portrait

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 17, 2005

An experimental image edit, passing through three different image editing tools (all with different features), and several different filters, going from JPEG to vector to bitmap to JPEG again.

I was trying to duplicate the effect used for my head shot on my Server Management column, but at the same time trying to get a BD-styled line edged effect. I’m quite pleased – I’ve ended up with just the look I wanted.


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  1. vampwillow said,

    interesting result!

    ps. Happy b-day for tomorrow 🙂

  2. sbisson said,

    Party tomorrow, birthday Wednesday!

    (I’m on a plane to Jersey for Christmas then, so seemed better to do something before rather than after, where it would slip…)

  3. liveavatar said,

    (here via friend of friend, and am just about to friend you directly)

    What a fine portrait. I’ve always liked that look myself, especially the line edged effect. Any tips on how to emulate that look?

  4. sbisson said,

    I’m afraid I can’t – not that I wouldn’t! – as unfortunately the tool I used to do the flattening is a closed Beta we’re writing about under serious NDA. I think you can probably emulate it using Illustrator’s tracing tools.

    However, the bit you really want to know about isn’t! The edging is the Photoshop “Poster Edge” filter applied in Illustrator. I can’t remember the exact tuning, but it should be easy enough to tweak…

    (I see we have quite a few mutual friends around San Jose!)

  5. alexmc said,

    what has it got in its pocketses?

  6. sbisson said,


  7. davesslave said,

    This is wonderful! If I weren’t so attached to the Dave icon, I would be an imitator.

  8. sclerotic_rings said,

    Just out of curiosity, would you be willing to do a similar rendering as a commission? That illustration style would be perfect for a project I’m working on, and I’m sufficiently Photoshop-illiterate that I’d be better off giving it to a professional.

  9. micheinnz said,

    I like the original of that picture, and I like that treatment. Well done.

  10. sbisson said,

    Well, I’m not a professional – I just play one on the pages of magazines – but drop me an email, and we’ll see if I can help…

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