Options regarding Photoshop overlays depicting severance proposals related to Committee of Adjustment & OMB meetings

The Photoshop overlay is from David Godley.

The Photoshop overlay regarding 9 Meaford Ave. is from David Godley. Click on image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

Artist's Impression, based on drawings from the 13 Villa Road file available at the Committee of Adjustment, of the approximate appearance of the proposed buildings, as it relates to the Villa Road streetscape. Source: Jaan Pill

Artist’s Impression, based on drawings from the 13 Villa Road file available at the Committee of Adjustment, of the approximate appearance of the proposed buildings, as it relates to the Villa Road streetscape. Photoshop overlay by Ryan Hryciuk. Click on image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

The first photo on the right is from a post entitled: Conserving Long Branch – July 2016 Update from David Godley

The second photo is from a post entitled: How to prepare a 5-minute presentation to the Committee of Adjustment.

You may note that in the first photo, the image of the front elevations representing the variance proposal is depicted in black and white. In the second photo the front elevations are depicted in a colour transparency that enables the viewer to picture the proposal in a slightly different way.

It may also be noted that the first photo features backlighting: the sun is behind the buildings. In the second photo, the sunlight falls on the front of the buildings.

Both of the Photoshop overlays work out well.

The purpose of the post, that you are now reading, is to bring attention to the fact that several options are available to us, when we work with Photoshop to clearly get across what a proposed severance entails.

Among the points to keep in mind is that the elevations and the photographed streetscape need to be closely to scale. If they are not to scale, the lack of coordination of scale will give rise to accusations of exaggeration, and in that way will detract from the effectiveness of the Photoshop overlay.

Additional notes, regarding visualizations of proposed buildings

Also of relevance:

Mike Smith of GDSS is preparing awesome 3D renderings & shadow studies for Nov. 3, 2016 hearing regarding 14 Villa Road

Please note: The Photoshop overlay for 9 Meaford (image at the top of the post you are now reading) was criticized by the Chair of the Committee of Adjustment at the Sept. 29, 2016 Committee meeting at the Etobicoke Civic Centre. He said, in so many words, that an amateur rendering of what a new development will look like, when set against a photo of an existing streetscape, will lack credibility because there is no way to know that the measurements match, between the drawings and the photos.

A professional rendering, such as the 3D renderings for 14 Villa Road, is a step toward addressing such a concern.

 

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