Make vibrant pop art
Get the pop art look the easy way with Dan Mold’s fun technique and create bold, colourful images that really stand out.
Create bold, colourful images in the style of a Lichtenstein painting.
POP ART HAS BEEN LIVENING up galleries since the 1950s, when artists took a rebellious turn away from the traditional views on what art should be. Pop artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, painstakingly handpainted the individual dots to create their pieces, but the good news is we can achieve a similar effect with a much faster process using Photoshop.
Here, and on the accompanying video lesson, we’ll look at how you can turn an image into your own comic-style pop art masterpiece. Along the way you’ll learn how to use layers and Blending Modes to build up the effect, and implement various Filters to create the different elements needed to pull off this eye-catching style digitally.
All you need to do is dig out an image you want to work up – brightly coloured portraits with models striking a playful pose often work best – and then follow the step-by-step tutorial. We’re also supplying a halftone print background image in the Free Gifts folder that you can used to replace your current background, which you can then colour to make your shot even more vibrant. Here’s how to start the process...
Far left We mimicked the pop art style of Roy Lichtenstein to create this vibrant image in Photoshop, adding a bright new background, which you’ll find in the Free Gifts folder.
Left Taken with an aperture of f/4 with a DSLR and 50mm lens, the image is pinsharp, making it a good starting point for this pop art treatment.