Photo Sketching a House Design

February 11th, 2010 by KTU | Filed under 1. Planning and Design, Notes on Approaches.

In order to give one of the design review committees a better sense of what the house would look like on the site, I made a quick sketch in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Here it is. (As with most photos on Baubilt, click to see a larger version.)

Photo illustration of my house made with Photoshop and Illustrator.


To do this, you need some facility in a photo editing tool and an illustration tool. Here’s what I did. First, I found a photo of the site that was oriented such that the front elevation of the house would be in the plane of the image. I then pasted the photo into Illustrator. As a separate layer, I pasted into Illustrator a line drawing of the front elevation from the architects. I then drew rectangles for the windows and filled them in with a color picked from windows in a photo of a neighboring house. I inserted boards for siding (rectangles filled with colors picked from siding photos). I drew the roof in and filled it with colors picked from neighboring rusted metal roofs. Then, I copied the trees and car from the photo in Photoshop and pasted them in front of the house. Finally, I drew in a driveway freehand in Illustrator. I pasted some rocks and trees in for landscaping. All of this took about 2-3 hours. I’m fairly good with these tools, but I was not fussy about the sketch. I’m pretty happy with the resulting image, which has been useful in communicating how the house is likely to look on the site.


One Response to “Photo Sketching a House Design”

  1. Peter Ernst says:

    You should try SketchUp- fast to learn, fun, and now FREE thru Google.

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