Cre­ate a comic book hero

Ge­orge Cairns ex­plains how to use Smart Fil­ters to give a por­trait shot some pop art punch

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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.

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