Posterisations – Developing my Techniques

My sources of inspiration are varied but one technique I like is that of posterisation in pictures (not photographs) for the 1930s and 40s. To produce what I want needs a lot more effort than just using the simple posterisation effect in Photoshop. Here I show a sequence of images that build up to get (almost) the effect I am after. Note that the selection of different parts of the image is rough and ready – this is because I am exploring the technique, not making a finished product!

The starting point image of the National Trust country house at Canons Ashby
Processing the foreground greens
Processing the building’s yellows and browns

Below is a slider for comparing a basic posterisation to one with enhanced detail:

Basic posterisation
Posterisation with enhanced detail

The enhanced detail may not show well, so below I show a magnified slider comparison of the posterised version both with and without the detail:

Enlarged view of posterisation
Enlarged view of posterisation with detail