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« on: April 17, 2011, 09:52 »
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Hi guys,

I accidentally come across some very nice isolated food photos that i though it was a photo taken in studio with good skill, then i realize it is more than just a photo, and it is like so called realistic illustrations, based on photos.

http://www.lorianzalone.com/illustration/photo-based/photo-based.htm

http://www.pbase.com/dannysmythe/food&page=2

there are two links that gave you some idea, i can't really tell it is an illustrations till i found the lighting condition is too perfect.

Anyway, i tried to google informations of how it is done without success, i know it takes many illustrations skill and a good photo to make it. Anyone know some good websites to read more about it? issit done in photoshop? what is the term for this kind of illustrations?

thanks.


« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 10:25 »
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From reading the text on the first link, it sounds like she is using actual photos and adding elements to them in Photoshop. Take a look at the reflections in the olive shot.

« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011, 10:39 »
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what is the term for this kind of illustrations?

many years of experience in illustration and talent. The person even says 25 years in product illustration on ur second link. knowledge of lighting and textures created from a brush whether digital or not is gained from years of observation and trial and error practice.

I remember one of my professors telling students who couldnt draw hands and feet to get a sketch book and fill it up with just hands and feet studies. Practice practice...

« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2011, 11:20 »
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In the Nestle shot (1st row - 4th from the left) you can clearly see that the product (the chocolate piece) is a photo. The packaging/wrapper was added in post.

I doubt that the illustrator would go through the effort of also tracing the actual photo just to add the wrapper.


They look to me like very good post processing examples based on photos and/or 3D renders.

red

« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011, 11:38 »
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Well, Danny (Rimglow, http://www.microstockgroup.com/profile/rimglow/) is a member here so I'm sure he will comment. He is just a fantastic photographer. Here are his pics on Dreamstime http://www.dreamstime.com/Rimglow_info He has said, "For every hour I spend shooting, I spend twice that, in Photoshop, getting it just right. I really enjoy the manipulation."
« Last Edit: April 17, 2011, 12:18 by cuppacoffee »

« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 11:48 »
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Is usually done  in a 3D software with post work on photoshop or corel painter.
You can visit the cgsociety.org  you'll see amazing stuff. Is more for movies and fantasy illustration but you see some realistic backgrounds, matte paintings etc.
 ...they have some online workshops courses with industry experts...I'd love to sign up for one..but $600  is quite expensive for me when I still have to finish paying my credit card debts. When I'm out of the woods, in the future I'd love to sign up for matte  painting and digital painting. However I don't know if that type of painting would be the type of "money shot".
For now, I only do vectors for microstock and my digital paintings are geared more to children's books and games.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2011, 11:55 by sweetgirll »

« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2011, 12:44 »
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I don't think "illustration" necessarily means vector here.  I think they are just images (with photoshop work added) used to 'illustrate' something.

rubyroo

« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011, 19:10 »
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Yes that's how they look to me too.  Photographs with an experienced illustrator's skills, eye and mind brought to them via Photoshop to overlay enhancements of light, colour etc.  Possibly some drawing involved to add extra elements that weren't in the original photograph.  Beautiful work. 

« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011, 21:40 »
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i remember artists are using 'airbrush' before to create photo realistic in advertising poster, those kind of pen that spray color materials.

I guess most of this kind of effects are recreated using photoshop nowadays.

like most of you had pointed out, some of it are illustration job based on a photo..it is just amazing how it works together. A good photo plus good illustration skill, and it seems most useful in food packaging, like a strawberry dip in a milk, or pieces of kiwi in the air.

Microbius

« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2011, 13:39 »
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I think there is quite a grey area between highly processed photos and illustrations here.
I know of at least one micro shooter who describes himself as photo-realistic illustrator while I would call him a photographer with very strong Photoshop skills.
We're aren't (usually) talking about vectors here, where the illustration is created from scratch, but photos that have undergone polishing to make the object look perfect.

« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2011, 16:18 »
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We're aren't (usually) talking about vectors here,


Although there are some extraordinary vectors about.
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2010/01/incredibly-photorealistic-vector-art.html

« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2011, 16:46 »
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I used to call myself a photorealistic illustrator back when all my work was acylic paint and colored pencils on illustration board. I shot all the reference photos.
Now it's all digital. The reference photos become part of the illustration with enhancing done with airbrushing and cloning. All of my work is a composite.
I call it Photo-illustration.

« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011, 20:14 »
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unbelievable..

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We're aren't (usually) talking about vectors here,


Although there are some extraordinary vectors about.
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2010/01/incredibly-photorealistic-vector-art.html

« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2011, 20:15 »
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thanks for sharing..

I used to call myself a photorealistic illustrator back when all my work was acylic paint and colored pencils on illustration board. I shot all the reference photos.
Now it's all digital. The reference photos become part of the illustration with enhancing done with airbrushing and cloning. All of my work is a composite.
I call it Photo-illustration.

lthn

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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2011, 03:35 »
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Is this new to anybody?? lol really, most of the packshots, etc, I got from companies or did myself were CG already with separate layers for each side of the box and logo f.e., years and years ago.

Microbius

« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2011, 03:46 »
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It may have been new to some people several months ago when this thread was active.

« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2011, 07:09 »
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Leaf deleted the spam that brought this up again.


 

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