Monday, October 10, 2016

Snowflake vectors 2

I've already created two vector snowflake images, trying to make them very similar to original photos. This time i tried different approach: my goal is creating simplified image in just two colors, which represent only most significant details of real snow crystal, traced to smooth curves.

As source images i've picked again large and complex crystal Gardener's dream and small Forget-me-not.

Close-up snowflake picture: Gardener's dream, large stellar dendrite snow crystal with massive arms and big central hexagon, divided by six sectors

Snowflake vector picture: Gardener's dream, blue snow crystal on white background. This image based on real snowflake macro photo
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

This version shows only highlights of snow crystal's glossy surface on black background:

Snowflake vector image: Gardener's dream, white snow crystal on clear black background. This image based on real snowflake picture
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

Imho, these vectors looks quite nice on beautiful girls from RedBubble:

Gardener's dream, bright and dark snowflake vector designs at RedBubble.com



Processing workflow for these pictures is simple: i enlarged each snowflake about 4x times and applied Photoshop filter Image -> Adjustments -> Threshold - it allow to choose level of brightness, which divide picture to black and white pixels: any pixel that darker-than-selected level become black, and any that brighter-than-selected level become white. Resulting picture may look quite nice, but contain very jagged and unpleasant lines and edges, if we look closely. This is not problem, however, because vector tracer will convert every pixelated line to nice smooth curve. Also, i applied second filter: Artistic -> Cutout, which does exactly what i need: it simplifies picture and get rid of all small and insignificant image details. After adjusting filter sliders, picture are ready to vectorize.

This time i used nice, fast and free online service Autotracer.org. I applied these settings: number of colors = 2 and in advanced settings, smoothing="smoother". Resulting curves looks good in high resolutions.

Snowflake photo: Forget-me-not, small flower-like snow crystal with unusual dense and complex pattern inside, sparkling on bright blue background

Similar vector version for this small and simple crystal:

Snowflake vector picture: Forget-me-not, blue snow crystal on white background. This image based on real snowflake macro photo
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

Snowflake vector image: Forget-me-not, white snow crystal on black background. This image based on real snowflake macro photo
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

4 comments:

  1. Spectacular! I hope one day to crochet all of these!

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    1. Thanks! I glad if they will be useful for crocheting.

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  2. The vectors are stunning, especially the black and white.

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    1. Thank you very much! I'll continue these vectors soon - they are pretty easy to create.

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