Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Turn an Image into a Blueprint

Blog posts have slowed down since the inception of the blog. Unfortunately I've been tied up with projects. Expect a post or two in the next week!

For today, here is a quick tutorial on how to turn an image into a blue print. Also, the object depicted will be one of my next projects.

This was done in sketchup (which is free) and photoshop, but the same techniques can be applied to paint.net or gimp.


The object was drawn in sketchup. The camera was adjusted to parallel projection, and the line tool was used to create the object by tracing over an imported image. The conte layer style was applied to give it a hand drawn look.
The images of each side were exported as an image file and then imported into photoshop.

The magic wand was used to delete white space and then image color were inverted to obtain white lines. A stroke layer style was applied to thicken the lines and then the images were placed in their respective locations.

The guide lines are copied and duplicated line segments from the object lines before the stroke was applied.

I used the burn tool in a larger pixel size to trace the white object lines. I then used the dodge tool to give a highlight to the object.

I used the burn tool vertically to give the paper some texture. This also could be achieved with a gradient map.

My logo was changed to gray scale and a conte filter was applied.

The image border was created using the line tool.

That's a quick rundown of how it's done. Enjoy!
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