Create a comic book hero
George Cairns explains how to use Smart Filters to give a portrait shot some pop art punch
Use Photoshop’s Smart Filters and layers to give photos a comic-book look
One way to create an eye-catching image is to give a photograph a stylised artistic makeover. A portrait shot against a plain background is perfect for this. By using Photoshop’s filters you can simplify the colours and tones in the picture to make them look as though they were drawn and inked by a comic book artist.
This technique, which is essentially done using filters, is an effective way to produce things such as creative profile pictures to represent you on social media sites, or even a personalised birthday card design.
You need to put a bit of effort in with filters in order to produce convincing results. If you simply slap a single filter such as Cutout onto a photo it will make the shot look obviously filtered, and your work will look like anyone else’s. In this walkthrough you’ll learn how to use the Filter Gallery to apply filters in layers, so that you can build up a more convincing and unique-looking art effect. For a comic book look, that
In this walkthrough you’ll learn how to use the Filter Gallery to apply filters in layers, so that you can build up a more convincing and unique-looking art effect
means using simple washes of colour and pen-like outlines around key facial areas. We’ll show you how to mix a filtered layer’s colours and tones with other layers using blending modes, to help create a more artistic look. We’ll also use filters to mimic the tiny coloured dots (known as Ben-Day dots) that created the washes of colour in classic comic books or posters. This helps give your filtered photo that pop art look.
In this tutorial, you’ll also learn how to apply filters to your images in a non-destructive way by using Smart Filters. These allow you to tweak the settings of any filter at any time, and enable you to fine-tune the look that these filters produce.