EASY PEASY Cartoon Look in PHOTOSHOP

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In this tutorial, I demonstrate the easiest way to create a cartoon, comic book look, to an image. One nice feature of this method is that it, along the various steps, gives intermediary results that you may like.

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Steps & Keyboard Shortcuts

1.) Duplicate Layer – CTRL/CMD – J

2.) Add High Pass Sharpening — enough to bring out edges — avoid haloing and exaggerating skin pores.

3.) Duplicate Layer – CTRL/CMD – J

4.) Invert Layer – CTRL/CMD – I

5.) Change Blend Mode of the top layer to DIVIDE

6.) Merge top two layers by selecting them both (CTRL/CMD – Click on each), then hitting CTRL/CMD – E

7.) Add a Levels Adjustment to the top layer — CTRL/CMD – L

8.) Click on the bottom, background layer and duplicate it – CTRL/CMD – J

9.) Drag that duplicated background layer to the top of the layer stack.

10. ) Add Gaussian Blur to that layer. I’ve found that a similar pixel radius that was used for high pass sharpening, works well here.

11.) Change the blend mode of the top layer to a blend mode in the forth section from the top. In the video I used “Pin Light”.

Alternate Method (One step shorter, similar results)

1.) Duplicate Layer – CTRL/CMD – J

2.) Add High Pass Sharpening — enough to bring out edges — avoid haloing and exaggerating skin pores.

3.) Duplicate Layer – CTRL/CMD – J

4.) Change Blend Mode of the top layer to “Color Dodge”.

5.) Merge top two layers by selecting them both (CTRL/CMD – Click on each), then hitting CTRL/CMD – E

6.) Add a Levels Adjustment to the top layer — CTRL/CMD – L

7.) Click on the bottom, background layer and duplicate it – CTRL/CMD – J

8.) Drag that duplicated background layer to the top of the layer stack.

9. ) Add Gaussian Blur to that layer. I’ve found that a similar pixel radius that was used for high pass sharpening, works well here.

10.) Change the blend mode of the top layer to a blend mode in the forth section from the top. In the video I used “Pin Light”.

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