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.

Practical Photography (UK) - - Digital Photo -

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.

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