Choose New Breaking Up Edges Using Masks

We have used this style several times in the office and I am a big fan of it. It is also very easy to implement. The idea is to apply a mask on a full resolution Illustration to break the edges and give the Illustration a collage feeling. The great thing about this technique is that even if you get a less formal collage style, the image still contains all the information, details and resolutions that matter.

I have selected two new views of my Kaidesign to show how it works. It is better to apply the mask at the very end, which means that a complete edge-to-edge image is always needed. This also means that if the mask does not work, it does not matter and can be removed without damaging the Illustration.

Below, you can see the basic rendering in full screen before masking (desaturated to better represent the masking).

The sapphire represents what I have hidden. The mask was created by creating a new layer and moving it to the beginning of the other layers. I then selected the “Polygon tool” and started selecting the areas I wanted to hide. Once the selection was made, I filled the selection with a white color. I have gone through many iterations and tested which areas should be hidden and what works best compositionally. I experimented with softening the edges or reducing the opacity, but in the end I preferred the sharp edges and the sharp contrast between the white areas and the rendered areas.

This is a simple movement, but it completely changes the tone of the image.

The final illustrations were rendered with V-Ray in a resolution of 4500 x 2500 pixels. I then adjusted the colors, textures and people in Photoshop. Finally, I jumped into my Topaz Labs PS Plugin to improve the details.

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