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Tutorial: Convert a real photograph into comic book photograph

Posted by Joe on Friday, January 2nd, 2009

 

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph in just 5 simple steps.

Step 1: open any picture in Photoshop you feel right for this effect.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

Step 2: Duplicate copy of the Background by Selecting the Duplicate Layer Option from the Layer Menu. We do this just in case any mistake is done then we do not end up ruining the original Image.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

Step 3: Now Increase the brightness of the photograph by select the option Shadow/Highlight from the image menu as shown in the screenshot below.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

In the Shadow/Highlight Dialog box take the shadow slider to 100% to fully brighten up the image.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

Step 4: Go to the Filter menu and select the Find Edges menu, this option will convert the Photograph into an image given below.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

Step 5: Using the Fade Find Edges option in the Edit menu we will get the desired effect.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

In the Fade Find Edges Dialog box change the Mode Menu to Luminosity from Normal and move the Opacity Slider till you get the desired effect.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

The Final Image is given below.

How to convert a real photograph into a comic book photograph using photoshop

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27 Responses to “Tutorial: Convert a real photograph into comic book photograph”

  1. psaddict Says:

    Added to http://www.psaddict.com

    psaddicts last blog post..Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop

  2. Gini Says:

    Very cool idea. I’m officially subscribing to your feed now =)

    Ginis last blog post..How to Turn Photographs Into Custom Text

  3. sudhersana Says:

    Amazing tutorial about converting a real picture to comic picture!!!u r really very talented!!! I wanted to try this and am going to try it right now hope comes out fine :)

  4. Babbette Says:

    Brilliant tutorial, thank you! I’m trying this out on some of my jewellery photo’s, the art deco prints should come out especially cool

    Babbette :)
    http://www.artdecojewellery.org

  5. Cool Says:

    Nice Tutorial Bro.

  6. fred Says:

    i dont usually comment, but after reading through so much info i had to say thanks

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  8. Gi Says:

    Very useful tutorial.. Thanks so much for giving away the PSD file. :)

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  10. CgBaran Tuts Says:

    Nice and easy effect. Great tutorial, great job.

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  13. TuxFriend Says:

    or if you use Linux (aka ubuntu for most of you) and the oh so much more difficult Gimp…
    Step 1. Open the file
    Step 2. Select Filters->Artistic->Cartoon
    Step 3. I suggest 35 for “mask radius” and .2 for “% black”

    Step 4. eat some chinese food, hey why not, I couldn’t think of anything else for this step
    step 5. pat yourself on the back, maybe download some porn and pat somewhere else, hell you’ve got 2 extra steps…up/down…ehhh??? ehhh????

  14. Nick Says:

    Is there a way to do this using GIMP? I have been trying to follow the steps and translate, but I can’t figure out the last step.

  15. Steve Parker Says:

    The final image looks a little bit lighter than the original, but that is the only difference I can see.

  16. jewellers in leicester Says:

    Great blog, we will be looking to contribute some more info :)

  17. David Says:

    Gimp

    — try —

    Filters > Edge-Detect > Edge…

  18. David Says:

    Gimp

    also try

    Filters > Enhance > Deinterlace…

  19. Anthem Cycles Says:

    Nice post! I subscribed, look forward to reading more!

  20. Art Deco Says:

    What a really cool tutorial, thank you so much! The Mode Menu to Luminosity change seems to make a big difference.

  21. Phil E. Drifter Says:

    I followed your instructions and just have a couple of suggestions:

    1. instead of duplicating the layer to prevent ‘ruining’ the original image, just duplicate the file.

    2. I’m unsure if you can directly edit the image right after opening it; in the layer palette there’s a locked lock icon, indicating the layer is locked. I habitually duplicate the layer (right-click on the layer in layer palette and select ‘duplicate’ and then drag the original, locked layer to the trash can icon at the bottom of the layer palette)

    3. the end result is still far to crisp and defined to really look like a comic book frame, and doesn’t look at all like a comic book frame, instead it looks more like a watercolor painting.

    Perhaps you should change the title of this tutorial to ‘convert a real photograph into a watercolor painting’.

  22. Ravi Mann Says:

    thanks a lot again for this great tutorial i am following you to get updates on your various latest photoshop tutorials
    Lov U :)

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  24. Sinan Says:

    Thanks admin super share.My photoshop crazy :)

  25. Preston Racette Says:

    Great post! Very useful! Keep up the good work!

  26. Gangsta Says:
  27. Kev Says:

    This is a very simple way of cartoonization (there are far more complex ways with higher quality results) but to make it pop a little bit, you can simply take a 1-3px black brush and outline everything for effect (especially human faces/hair/features) after you finish everything else above.

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