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    How to Recreate Barack Obama Posters
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    Ok we've all seen the now barack obama posters, but does anyone know how to recreate these types of images from an original photo



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    A great deal of time was spent on these designs. In other words, it won't be possible to just apply some filter and get this kind of result. The cool thing about the Obama poster is that it is 100% vector. You could blow this image up 10,000x and it would still look wonderful.

    I would approach this in Illustrator.
    Live Trace your original image and adjust the threshold as necessary. From there, use your pen tool to draw the shapes around your face following the contour of your skin.

    If given the option I would certainly not attempt this in Photoshop. In fact, I would probably not use Photoshop at all.

    You can use the pen tool in Photoshop but you will sacrificing the necessary features to tweak it to look just right. Not to mention, you won't be able to live trace anything in PS.
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    Oh well how would it be done in Illustrator
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    Just place your picture into Illustrator and draw with the pen tool. Trace the shapes, shadows, etc. There are some good tut's at www.gomediazine.com for this kind of stuff. Also, the artist that did the poster you posted is Shepherd Fairey, check out his work at www.obeygiant.com.
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    Illustrator would be best, but for this kind of very simple design with no gradients simple sold color for positive and negative space, you could certainly use the pen tool in Photoshop to create custom shape layers with the wanted fills.
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    Matt I agree with you that photoshop would be fine for this kind of project but if you need to blow up the final image to many different sizes then I would use Illustrator.
    Vector is a great thing with art when the need to change size is a must. If your doing just one size then Photoshop will work also.


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    Zak, you you you...You son of a gun. Thats perfect
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak Forsman View Post
    That's a pretty sloppy result for that tutorial. Plus, you do all that Photoshop work posterizing it when it's completely unnecessary. You can just draw guidelines across the face with the pen tool in Illustrator and use those. Check out this tutorial below, it's much better and helps you understand the process better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak Forsman View Post
    Nice, Zak. This tut is fantastic...

    Though I do feel like its a bit excessive and boasts some unnecessary steps. - However, it is a much better tut than anything I've ever put together.

    I would like to echo.

    Illustrator Illustrator Illustrator.

    Honestly, beyond setting certain levels, I don't think Photoshop is necessary at all.

    You can do almost anything with Photoshop for RGB... but if you are making something for print... PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEASE don't rely on PS.
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