Wordy Wednesday #235 “Working in Toontown”

“But I’m a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh.”— from the 1988 film Roger Rabbit

Mixing genres: Glamour Photography meets comic book art?  Digital Anarchy’s ToonIt! Photo is available for Mac OS and Windows versions of Photoshop and even Apple’s Aperture. Its (no kidding) Toonamation technology lets you process your photographs creating cartoon effects like shading and lines. I decided to use a decidedly non-traditional image for the process, working with a glamour image of the wonderfully beautiful Pamela Simpson.


The plug-in has an easy-to-use interface with slider controls for flexibility. ToonIt! Photo starts by analyzing an image, then reduces its color palette, producing a flat cel-shaded look with black outlines detecting where important edges are. The edges form outlines that are used to shape and control areas of color. The software keeps the feeling of your subject’s expression even though the face has been reduced to a few colors and lines.

pam-toonTo get you started, there’s a Preset Manager on the right hand edge of your screen and the right-hand size contains a set of pre-made groups of Effects and Style settings, all of which can be customized with those sliders I mentioned. Don’t want to tweak? Don’t have to: No manual work is needed to achieve some interesting results.

You’re not stuck with one look because you have access to effects such as Flat Cartoon, Graphic Novel, Comic and Pen & Ink. That’s because ToonIt! Photo is much more and includes all kinds of traditional media effects including pencil drawings, etchings, brush painting, woodcuts, pen and ink, and others.

1372701076000_971404The original image of Pamela was shot for a series of boudoir photographs and was made with an Olympus E-M10 Mark I and Olympus M.45mm f/1.8 lens and an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO at ISO 250 and lit with a Rotolight Anova Pro BI-S Bi-Color LED Light.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.04.28 AMMy book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography is available from your friendly neighborhood book or camera store as well as at Amazon at very nice prices.

Author: Joe Farace

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