So, after learning how to get this look in GIMP/G’MIC from this post, I’ve been fooling about with other software to see how to make something similar. I’ve been using LightZone recently, and I’ve come to really like it. Here’s my attempt at the “photoillustration” look using only LZ:
Here’s the original SOOC jpg for comparison:
Funny thing is that it is really simple to achieve this look in LZ. You just need two tools for the basic look: “Relight”, and “Sharpening.” Here’s a screenshot showing my settings for these two tools:
All you need after that is to play with the exposure and any kind of color effects you want, and it’s done!