How to Turn a Photograph Into a Cartoon Effect

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Above is the result of this tutorial. Here is a photograph of some flowers I took in my backyard: The first thing I’ll do is go to Filter / Sketch / Photocopy: When the Photocopy dialog box comes up, I’ll make the image viewable at 25% by clicking on the (-) at the left hand bottom part of the dialog box. This way I’ll be able to see the whole photo, not just part of it: In this dialog box, I’ll take the Detail slider all the way to the right, which is 24, and I’ll bring the Darkness slider to about 20. Then I’ll click OK: The next thing I’ll do is hit CTRL+J on my keyboard to make a duplicate copy of my background layer. I’ll name it “Flowers”. In the History palette I’ll also check the history marker next to the “Open” stage in the history palette. This is what the palettes should look like at this point: Next I’ll pick the history brush from the tool bar: I’ll go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and change the mode from Normal to Multiply: Using the history brush, I’ll start painting back the color of the flowers at 100% opacity. I’ll put the green background on another layer so that I can change the opacity separately. Using the multiply brush brings out any color cast that might be in the image, and exaggerates it. So, in the layers palette, I lower the opacity to 74%. Here’s the image so far: If you need to clean up any edges, you can use the eraser tool in the tool bar: Here, I show the opacity lowered to 74%. Here’s the finished layers palette: The good thing about being in multiply mode, is that with every paint stroke you can make the colors richer. I recommend using a soft brush when using this mode. Here’s the “before” and “after” shots:   Try this out and experiment with different modes. They all do something unique. Have fun!

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Comments (4)

  • saumya

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    thanks.it’s very helpful.i got a good idea to do more like this.

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  • Rupa

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    This is a great tutorial, it’s so well explained and I can’t wait to try this with the zillion photos of flowers I have taken! Thank you so much for taking the time to write these for us novices!

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  • Judy Hendren

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    Thank you for sharing your knowledge on the work that you do, it’s just so beautiful. I have only just discovered your page and intend trying some of the creative ideas that you offer.
    Many thanks,
    Kind regards
    Judy

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  • shirley kelley

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    i like the way the pictures turn out

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