digital photo modification software

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by pcpacker, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. pcpacker macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2004
    My wife wants me to take digital photos of a couple of different houses and combine the features into her "dream house." Then, we will take that picture to an architect and have him draw up the plans.

    Will photoshop elements do this?

    Any other suggestions?

    I have seen photoshopped photos of cars that look very real.

    Thank you
  2. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    If you don't know what you're doing, your result is going to look like crap. Just circle the elements of the pictures you like and write what you like about them and where you'd like them on the back. Your architect can then take them into account as he creates a design that works as a whole. If you have limited to no architectural skills and you're trying to show your architect what to do, he's going to dread the job. Just give him the pieces as suggestions and let him go to work. - j
  3. cyanide macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2005
    while jay may be correct.. or is rather..

    He is right.. your result will probably look like crap. i have been photoshopping for 3+ years and thats a feat even the most seasoned veteran would have a "fun time" with. not impossible, but not easy by any means. I would like however for you to attempt this as a learning experience, if nothing else for the fun of it, and post your results here.
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Agreed! If you or your wife really want to get creative to help the architect out, then make up a 'mood board'.

    Collect pictures of interiors and exteriors that you like, materials that you like (even if you can't see an immediate use for them) perhaps even any interests that you share and really enjoy. That will give the architect a far better sense of what makes you and your wife tick and help design a house that you will feel comfortable in.

    You don't have to try to combine stuff - that's the architect's job. Yours is to tell him that, for example, you like lots of natural light, space and glass - so you've put a picture of Apple's glass staircase. You're not asking for a glass staircase but you're presenting an image to him/her.
  5. pcpacker thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Thank you for your help with this. Having never done anything except red eye reduction, I didn't really know how challenging this would be. Like I said, I have seen some very real looking concept cars that were done with photoshop.

    I will follow your advice about the architect.

    Just out of curiosity for smaller applications, is photoshop the best thing out there for photo manipulation?
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    For you (and me) Photoshop Elements does everything that you can figure out how to do well in the full version of Photoshop. Even with great software like Photoshop (and even Elements), it takes skill to put together an image.

    But, don't let me discourage you. Get a book or two on Photoshop at the library and a demo version of Photoshop (I think they have demo versions, I know you can get a demo of Elements) and see what you can do. Maybe you're ready for Photoshop.
  7. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    As the others have mentioned, both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements can do that. And like they say, it's not easy and takes a lot of practice before your results look acceptable.

    However, because a lot of software writers know that most of us are not masochists and just don't have the inclination to spend hundreds of hours perfecting our PS skills, there are PS plug-ins that will work almost as well and give you more than acceptable results right off the bat.

    Image Doctor is great for removing unwanted backgrounds and replacing them with different ones. PS Elements plus this plug-in is a good place for her to start.

    Another plug-in that I use all the time is this one, Digital ROC (ROC = Restoration of Color) which was developed by Applied Science Fiction and bought out over a year ago by Kodak. This plug-in saves an enormous amount of time by making color correction quick, simple and easy. The Pro version adds contrast and brightness correction.

    Both of them have trial versions for you to try out so that your wife can see if these plug-ins satisfy her needs.
  8. pcpacker thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Here is my final product

    I decided to try my luck at combining some home features. I took parts of three different homes to photoshop this one. I have never done this before, but Elements 3.0 is great! I downloaded the trial version, but now I am so impressed, I am going to have to buy it.

    I changed a bunch of things, but the most obvious are:

    removed snow, changed windows, added roof railing, made upper portion brick (instead of stucko), added grass to road and sidewalk, etc.

    I think it turned out great.

    3 hours of work.

    Attached Files:

  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I're a natural! :D

    I also wonder what the owner of the house on the left was thinking, with the brick lower floor and the stucco's a strange match.

    Are those two chimneys at either end of the upper floor of the mod version?
  10. pcpacker thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Yes, I put those chimneys in. I made the right one by using the brick on the lower half of the house. Then I copied it and pasted it onto the left side. I was going to use actual chimneys and paste in (like the windows and vinyl roof rail), but I couldn't find any chimneys in town that my wife liked. I really like the outcome. We might just build it.
  11. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    Excellent work for a first attempt. With a little more practise you'll get better results in considerably less time :)
  12. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Very nice work... don't think I would have had the patience, but now I understand better what you wanted to do, I didn't quite get it from the original post...

    I think a photoshop job like that, combined with a 'scrapbook' of elements, like most other has recommended, will make it very easy for the architect to make something you'll really like...

    Good luck with the house building...
  13. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    when my brother planned his house last year he used a program on his wintel machine that allows you to build a 3d house. it's not a real planning software, more an easy software to draw the floorplan, put in windows, doors, walls. after that you can look at it in 3d. helps a lot to decide what you want and talk to the architects. like all windows software it was a good idea with a crappy implementation. is there something similar for the mac?


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