How To Choose The Right Photo For Your Online Pencil Sketch

An online pencil sketch is a computer generated image created from a photograph. Once converted and printed onto photograph paper, online pencil sketches can make unique gifts and beautiful wall hangings. Picking the right image to convert into an online pencil sketch can be a challenge. This is particularly true when converting a color photograph into an online image, because color photographs are so different from black and white pencil sketches. The following tips will help you pick a good color photograph to use for your online pencil sketch.

Flat Backgrounds Make the Subject Pop

Busy backgrounds can be confusing once converted into a pencil sketch. This confusion can distract from the subject matter in the foreground, reducing the impact of the overall image. To make the relationship between subject and background clear and straightforward, choose a photograph with a flat background. Ideally, the background will also be much lighter or darker than the subject matter, so the division between the subject in the foreground and the space in the background will be obvious.

Range of Contrast is Important

In the art world, the difference between a light and dark color is called "contrast." Contrast is what distinguishes shadows from highlights and establishes a sense of a form that exists in space. In this way, contrast helps to establish a sense of three-dimensionality in two-dimensional images. In addition, presence of deep shadows and bright highlights creates a sense of drama that can heighten the emotional impact of an image. When seeking photographs to convert into an online pencil sketch, look for pictures that have notably light highlights and dark shadows, as well as a range of values in between.

Simple Subjects Make High Impact

Too much information contained in one picture can be confusing, which can leave the viewer not knowing what to think or how to feel about an image. Simple subjects--images with just one or two figures against a flat background, for example--can have an immediate impact and produce heightened emotional response. When taking photographs or when digging through your old pictures to find the right image, seek photographs that contain only one or two subjects. Ideally, subjects will also be close up, in order to be easily recognized.

Minimize Patterns to Prevent Confusion

Patterns can be confusing when converted into black and white images. To keep things simple, look for images that include few or no patterns. Pay attention to the clothing people wear in the images, and be aware of patterns that appear in the background. A sun dappled ground, for instance, may be beautiful in a color photograph, but difficult to interpret once in black and white. To find out more, speak with a business like Dorit Art.