Trying to find the right png cut out people or person for an architecture project (often under pressure) can be a very time consuming process, especially when they need to then be placed and given the correct lighting and color in order to blend into the drawing.
When combined with the right presentation tools, cut out people create an illustrations narrative, and provide the viewer with a relationship and connection to the place and space.
How a person is blended into the images environment is obviously very important, and there are many tutorials (such as the three video below) that help you to do this. However it is the chose of person and the activities they are performing that really brings an image to life.
…and this includes showing a the full range of ethnicities and cultures.
The three below tutorials although now quite old, have aged incredibly well and are still some of the most informative we’ve come across for learning how to insert people into your visualizations:
Inserting People in Photoshop Tutorial
Viz-People tutorial basic people compositing
Viz-People people for archviz
Whilst selecting and placing people for and into our visualizations is obviously very important, an image can’t hide a bad design and concept.
And so to build upon what we discuss throughout this platform, our set of design resources contained within The Concept Kit provides the tried and tested methods and processes to establishing the bespoke approaches a design project requires.
Make creating your visualizations easier, by starting with a well considered and developed design process.
Cut out people…
Here we have pulled together the best websites that we feel supply a full and diverse range of png cut out people (for free), in a variety of different styles and graphics.
Knowing where to quickly find the right cut outs, means that you can concentrate on spending more time thinking about how to arrange the image and how to best communicate your projects story…
The below resources provide a wide range of people walking, sitting, standing and in groups, all in a ‘drag & drop’ png (Photoshop) format.
As mentioned on their website “The goal of NONSCANDINAVIA is to give architecture students access to a database of free, high-res, PNG images that reflect diversity in all its forms.” It aims to provide cut out people that are ‘NON SCANDINAVIAN’ and therefore provides an alternative entourage to several of the larger sites and data bases available, such as the below Skalgubbar.
They rightly believe that “renderings should reflect the people in and around the site, and should project a future that values diversity and acceptance of all people.” Which in most occasions requires carefully selecting people that are bespoke to your project and its context, there is not a one size fits all …and not everyone is from Scandinavia!
‘Architecture people’ supplies a huge array of cut out people doing just about any activity you can think of, from a range of different views, under a vast array of settings and lighting conditions.
Unlike many other websites they provide png cut out people from all angles walking, standing, and sitting, including hard to find aerial perspectives, plan views and shots from beneath looking up.
Skalgubbar doesn’t need much of an introduction as it is one of the most popular cut out sites available and as nonscandinavia.com suggests, it is full of Scandinavian young and ‘hip’ people doing all sorts of interesting things, which combined with the other sites on here its a great resource to know.
Mr Cut Out has a variety of free and paid for cut outs that include png people, vehicles, objects, vegetation, animals, skies and foregrounds, so although not completely free of charge, there is lot to choose from.
Inspired by and much like SKALGUBBAR with its Scandinavian themed people, Escalalatina is a growing open source collection of cut outs of Latin Americans.
‘Just not the same’ has a large array and mixture of png cut out people from all walks of life and during all the seasons, and offers high resolution cut outs via its shop.
Following the trend of ethnic and culture based cut out people, Jugaad is a free resource for Indian entourages.
Cut out mix “promotes an artistic and experimental approach to the amazing world of silhouettes for architectural and design projects.” Offering an alternative way around any potential copyright infringement, by removing the cut out’s identity altogether.
This a growing resource with a free catalogue and a custom made service for specific walking/sitting/standing requirements.
Clipped is an image sharing community aiming to be the largest png database of cutout images in the world, and used together with the above websites, is the last and final cut out resource on our list.
As discussed throughout the below Concept Kit, how a project is represented can often be the difference between wining and losing your presentation, but it must be backed up by a successful design.
No amount of cutout people can save a poorly executed concept! Click the link below to find out more.