Linocut: Transform Photos Into a Black and White Image

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Linocut Effect


Linocut is a printmaking method which uses linoleum, in a technique similar to woodcut. You cut a design into the linoleum surface and print it on a paper.

In a classical engraving the image is created by black strokes on a white background. Linocut's characteristic expressiveness, strong contrast between black and white, and its rich and exuberant strokes are made using a soft material. Some famous artists like Picasso and Matisse worked with this technique.

    Original Photo Result - Converted to a Linocut
    Original Photo Result

Under the Painting tab in the Settings Panel you can adjust parameters to convert a photograph into a linocut painting.

    Attention! The quick preview does not work for this style. You must press in order to see changes applied.

Effect Parameters:

    Posterizing (10-100) - simplifies an original image through the reduction of similarly colored pixels.

    Posterizing: Weak Effect Posterizing: Strong Effect
    Posterizing = 15 Posterizing = 90

    Level of Detail (1-100) – The amount of detail and lines in an image. Increasing the value of this parameter results in more detail and a darker image.

    Weak Level of Detail High Level of Detail
    Level of Detail = 20 Level of Detail = 70

    Sharpen (1-100) - The distinctness of the image's lines. Increasing this parameter makes strokes appear clearer and more precise, without affecting the overall level of detail. Blurry images will appear darker.

    Blurry Lines Sharp Lines
    Sharpen = 5 Sharpen = 75

    More White (0-50) – Increases the number of areas in the image filled in white.

    Dark Areas Clarification
    More White = 5 More White = 40

    More Black (0-100) – Increases the number of areas in the image filled in black.

    Bright Areas Darkening
    More Black = 10 More Black = 90

    Paint Color - The color which is applied (printed) onto the image. To change the color click on the plate and choose a color from the Select Color dialog.

    Background Color - The color of the surface to which the linocut is applied. To change the color click on the plate and choose a color from the Select Color dialog.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Working with Presets — Working with Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
   — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait
   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas
   — Painting in Autumn Colors — Painting in Autumn Colors


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