Thursday, August 6, 2009

Photo Effects: Cartoon Illustration

This tutorial will cover how to quickly change a photo into an illustration.

  1. Open your picture. Duplicate the background layer and name it outline. Desaturate the layer (so when the edges are made it will be in gray scale) by hitting ctrl+shift+u.
  2. Create the rough outline applying a find edge filter, filters>stylize>find edges.
  3. There are many little specs as well of variations of gray in this photo. To eliminate that, we go to image>adjustments>levels. The closer the black and white sliders are too each other, the less shades of gray will exist. For each image, the setting will be variable, but getting most of it out should be simple.
  4. Hide the outline layer and duplicate the background layer again, naming it color. Put it in the middle of the layers.
  5. Go to the filter>filter gallery. First apply a cutout filter, keeping in mind you want detail in the color. The amount used will be variable for each photo.
    Add a new effect layer in the filter gallery and add a dry brush affect too. When satisfied with the coloring, hit okay.
  6. Make the outline layer visible again, and change its layer mode to darken.
  7. A tip for cleaning up, if you have speckle spots in the picture, paint white on the outline layer where they are at to eliminate them. You can also redo the coloring on the color layer with a paintbrush. When you are done, congratulations, you have a cartoon illustration.


  1. wair do i go to change its layer mode to darken?


  3. HORIBLE does not work that good.

  4. thanks for teaching us how to filter-rape a photo.

  5. thanks for teaching us how to filter rape a photo.

  6. hahahahahah esos menzoz

  7. yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is it so hard

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