Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Make a Comic Book, Pop Art, Cartoon from a Photo

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Make a Comic Book, Pop Art, Cartoon from a Photo

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huge discount, click the GraphicStock link in my video’s description below the title of this video. Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to
quickly and easily create a comic book-style cartoon from a photo. This is an update of
a tutorial I did on an earlier version of Photoshop. I downloaded this great high-resolution photo from! Once your photo is opened in Photoshop,
the first step is to crop it to a specific height and resolution. To do this, open your
Crop Tool and click “Width x Height x Resolution”. Keep the Width empty. If you see an amount
in the Width field, highlight it and press your Delete key. For the Height, type in 870
pixels. For the Resolution, type in 150 pixels per inch. The reason we’re using this height
and resolution is because it’ll ensure that the filters you’ll be using will have the same
results as mine. Go to the top of the Bounding box and drag it down to where you’d like your
image to be cropped. Repeat this on the bottom and sides until you’re happy with the way
your image is framed. Then, click the check-mark at the top. To fit it back onto your canvas,
press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Next, we’ll convert our image into a Smart Object, so we can modify
it non-destructively, as well as allow us to change or adjust the effects that we’ll
be adding to it. Smart Objects also allow us to replace our image with another without
having to redo any of the effects. Click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel
and click “Convert to Smart Object”. To lighten dark areas, go to Image, Adjustments and “Shadows / Highlights”. The Shadows amount defaults to 35%, however, drag your slider to an amount that brings out the details in your shadows. Then, click OK. Make a copy of the layer by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Click the eyeball icon next to the copy to temporarily hide the layer. Click the thumbnail of the bottom layer to make it active and go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click, “Poster Edges”. I’ll make the Edge
Thickness: 2, the Edge Intensity: 1 and the Posterization: 2, however, feel free to experiment
with these amounts. Remember, you can always change them later, since it’s a Smart Filter. Click the “fx” icon and click “Stroke”. Make the Size: 35 pixels and the Position: Inside. The Blend Mode is Normal, the Opacity is 100% and the color is white.Click “Inner Glow”.
The Blend Mode is Normal, the Opacity is 100% and the Color is black. The Source is “Edge”,
the Choke is 100% and the Size is 36 pixels. Then, click OK. Click back the eyeball icon to make the top layer visible and click its thumbnail to make it active. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Color Halftone. Make the Radius 6 pixels and keep all the screen angles at their default amounts. Then, click OK. Change its Blend Mode to “Soft Light”. Lastly, we’ll make the colors pop a bit more. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Vibrance”. Drag the “Vibrance” slider all the way to the right. This is Marty from Blue Lightning
TV. Thanks for watching!

42 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Make a Comic Book, Pop Art, Cartoon from a Photo

  1. Wow !

  2. good job ! thanx

  3. Not good for high resolution images, this is only for very small pictures.

  4. very Easy to follow! Thank you for uploading! i remember you doing this tut for an earlier version and it was just as simple! <3

  5. your the best blue lighting

  6. great

  7. Hey Marty! could you show us how to make the better call saul intro? would be awesome :3

  8. your tutorials are the BEST..BEST..BEST. Do you have any planing to make Illustrator tutorials also???

  9. nice tutorial

  10. very cool! thanks

  11. Professional like ever

  12. Thank you .you are awesome .can you make a video about some tricks of ps or some hiding tools

  13. Thanks Marty. Nice tutorial.

  14. Good job Marty

  15. good Video

  16. Nice

  17. Pease, i need your help. if u can, i must do it beafore 30 of April. I need to know how to stroke an elliptical marquee selected irea. i want to make a picture of the universe with its trail, or the best way to make a good cyrcle to stroke. as faster as u can please! i need u!

  18. Thanks I joined GraphicStock …. Endless Images and training.

  19. מדהים! תודה רבה!

  20. I really love the way you describe and its so clear and understandable for any standards. Thank you so much from the bottom of the heart for sharing your knowledge.


  22. Thank you so much.

  23. Thanks bluue !!

  24. Nice Tutorial…
    U explain awesome…
    I just have a query regarding your buttons, they are circular!
    Would you please let me know, how can I have the same?

  25. tHANK YOU

  26. more please

  27. Doesn't seem to work on cs6.

  28. Great tutorial!!! I love it!

  29. very useful but can it possible in photo shop 7

  30. You are a Godsend.

  31. Nice vid helped me a lot !!!!!!

  32. You are always succinct. Thank you.

  33. Amazing effect! Thanks for sharing.

  34. your tutorials are so helpful

  35. You're the best! Thanks a lot, man!

  36. Amazing


  38. XD

  39. Thank you. Your comics effects are working good for me. Many other tutorials in youtube are not good enough so far. yours the best. 🙂 keep up the nice work

  40. thank u sir

  41. Can you make a tutorial how to achieve Loy Richenstein pop art effect?

  42. After turning off the eye for the layer copy and clicking on the original to activate it, filter gallery is grey and won't allow me to click on it. if anyone knows how to fix this thought would be very helpful.

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