i'd love to be able to get this effect on an image but i am struggling to do so using my photoshop elements.
what settings do this? if its not photoshop elements, is it another adobe product that does the trick?
The Stained Glass filter (under Texture) is about as close as you are going to get to breaking an image up into geometric shapes, but they are going to be roundish and irregular, it will not trace the shapes of your subject. When attempting to use a Cell Size anywhere near those used in the image you just get a complete abstract.
The Cutout filter (under Artistic) can get a similar effect too, but again, it won't accomplish this same effect. The settings will either be too abstract or too precise.
There isn't anything in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements that will automatically give you that kind of effect. My guess is either they are using a third-party plug-in or they went the route of good old fashioned hard work drawing those shapes by hand over the top of the original artwork (possibly a combination of the two, because a plug-in is not likely to leave the high detail of the face behind).
Thanks for coming back to me.
It's a shame as I really like that feature / effect
I doubt that would have been done the old fashioned way
Regarding the face's detail, I'm aware you can isolate what ever part of the image you want, maybe the face had fewer layers than the rest of the image
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Brett was on to something with using the "Cutout" filter -- it's a similar, but not exact effect:
I first duplicated the background layer. Then, on the duplicate layer, used Filter...Adjustments...Posterize at "4" levels. Then used the Filter...Artistic...Cutout with 8 levels, edge simplicity of "8", and edge fidelity of "2". I then selected her face on the original background and copied it to its own layer at the top of the stack. Then used the Cutout filter on her face and added a layer mask to it, painting on the layer mask to reveal only the parts of the modified face that I wanted to appear.
You're right -- it's a neat effect.