Mar­vel at this

Use Smart Fil­ters and lay­ers to cre­ate a unique comic book look

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Smoothly does it

Open comic_s­tart.jpg. Click on the Back­ground layer. Pick Layer>Du­pli­cate Layer. Click OK. Go to Fil­ter>Con­vert for Smart Fil­ters. Click OK. Go to Fil­ter>Noise>Me­dian. Set Ra­dius to 2. Click OK. Go to Fil­ter>Blur>Sur­face Blur. Set Ra­dius to 23 and Thresh­old to 15 to smooth the skin. Click OK.

02 Switch to paint

Go to Fil­ter>Fil­ter Gallery. Click on Paint Daubs. Set Brush Size to 8 and Sharp­ness to 3. Set Brush Type to Sim­ple. Click the New ef­fect layer icon at the bot­tom-right. Click the Ac­cented Edges thumb­nail. Set Edge Width to 3. Drop Edge Bright­ness to 14. Push Smooth­ness up to 15. Click OK.

03 Stamp it out

Click on the Back­ground Copy thumb­nail at the top of the Lay­ers panel to tar­get it. Press Shift+Cmd+Alt+E (or Shift+ Ctrl+Alt+E on a PC). This Stamp Vis­i­ble com­mand cre­ates a flat layer (Layer 1) with the com­bined look of all the lay­ers and fil­ters be­low. Go to Fil­ter>Con­vert for Smart Fil­ters.

04 Fo­cus on the edges

Go to Fil­ter>Fil­ter Gallery. Click on the Ac­cented Edges ef­fect layer, then on the Trash­can to delete it. Click on the Paint Daubs ef­fect layer and re­place it by click­ing on the Poster Edges thumb­nail. Set Edge Thick­ness to 2, Edge In­ten­sity to 2, and Pos­ter­i­za­tion to 5 to add edge lines.

05 Make things sim­ple

Click on the New ef­fect layer icon. Click on the Dif­fuse Glow thumb­nail. Set the Grain­i­ness slider to 0, Glow Amount to 5 and Clear Amount to 19. Click again on the New ef­fect layer icon. Click on the Cutout fil­ter’s thumb­nail. Set Num­ber of Lev­els to 4, Edge Sim­plic­ity to 3 and Fi­delity to 1. Click OK.

06 Re­ar­range the fil­ters

Pick Fil­ter>Blur>Sur­face Blur. Set Ra­dius to 8 and Thresh­old to 13 to cre­ate a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of the sub­ject’s fea­tures. Click OK. Drag the Sur­face Blur la­bel be­low the Fil­ter Gallery la­bel to cre­ate a smoother ver­sion of the orig­i­nal photo. It also blurs out many of the finer il­lus­tra­tion lines.

07 Per­fect blend

Most Pho­to­shop users will recog­nise the hand­i­work of the Cutout fil­ter so, to blend this fil­tered layer with the fil­ters on the lower layer, set Layer 1’s blend­ing mode to Color Dodge. For a more sub­tle blend, set Layer 1’s Opac­ity slider to 49. Now the Cutout ef­fect blends more sub­tly with the other fil­ters, cre­at­ing a more il­lus­trated look.

08 Go dotty

Click on Layer 1. Per­form the Stamp Vis­i­ble com­mand. Go to Fil­ter>Fil­ter Gallery. Choose Halftone Pat­tern, and set the Pat­tern Type to Dot. Set Size to 4 and Con­trast to 17. Click OK. To com­bine the dots you’ve just made with the colours from the layer be­low, set Layer 2’s blend­ing mode to Over­lay. Set Opac­ity to 71%.

09 Just add wa­ter­colour

Go to Layer>New>Layer. Click OK. Drag trans­par­ent Layer 3 be­low the ink dot layer (Layer 2). Grab the Brush tool. In the Brush Pre­set picker, choose the Wa­ter Color Light Opac­ity tip. Set Opac­ity to 45. Set Size to 400. Spray a blue fore­ground colour onto the white back­ground. The colours will be stronger where the strokes over­lap.

10 He speaks!

Select the Cus­tom Shape tool. Select the speech bub­ble from the Cus­tom Shape picker. Set the Fill op­tion to white. Set Stroke to black. Set Stroke Width to 90. Set font size to 41. Draw a speech bub­ble. Cre­ate a new layer. Select the Hor­i­zon­tal Type tool. Choose the Lithos Pro Reg­u­lar font. Type some text to per­son­alise your comic book im­age.

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