Use the Pop Art Photo Effect in PicMonkey

Use the Pop Art Photo Effect in PicMonkey
January 18, 2017 PicMonkey

Did you know you can whip up a pop art masterpiece in a coupla minutes with PicMonkey? One option is to go all Andy Warhol with our screamingly cool pop art photo effect collage, complete with enough colors to give the ’60s a run for their money. Another choice is to make your photo look like a silkscreen print, with all the vintage grit that says, “Yes, in fact I did win this at a fancy auction.”

Create a Warhol-like pop art collage

Here’s how:

  1. From the PicMonkey homepage, open Collage and add your image.
  2. Choose Square Deal from the Layouts tab.
  3. Drag your image into each cell.
  4. Open one of your images in the Editor and apply the Warhol effect.
  5. Go back to Collage and choose anther image.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your collage is complete.

PicMonkey helps you create a Warhol type photo collage.

Open the Collage tool

You’ll be prompted to select your image. Pick just one. In Collage, click the Layouts tab to find the Warholiest option. (For us, that’s the 3 x 3 in the Square Deal layout.) You can customize your spacing and background in the Background tab (the palette icon).

You have two easy options for populating your cells:

  • Drag your image from the photo tray into each cell.
  • Click AutoFill (in the top toolbar) to fill your cells automatically.

Back to the Editor

Use PicMonkey to create a cool pop art photo effect!

Hover over a cell and click the Edit button in the top left corner. It seems like you only have access to a few effects with the Effects tab, but get ready to have your mind blown. Click Open image in Editor and you’ll be zorped into a magic wormhole that allows you to jump from Collage to the Editor.

Choose your colors

Use PicMonkey to create a cool pop art photo effect!

Now that you’re in the Editor, click the Effects tab and scroll down to Warhol. The first color applies to shadows, and the second applies to highlights, so play around. There’s a buncha different directions you can take.

Complete your collage

After you’ve picked your two colors, click < Back to Collage at the tippy top of the panel. Boom! One down; the rest to go. When you’re done, slap on the Comic Print effect from the Comic Heroes theme for a Lichtenstein zing. Have fun and wait for the museums to call.

Get a Marilyn pop art effect

Achieving this cool silkscreen pop art effect is a two-part process. First, you’ll build an image to open as a graphic. Then you’ll open that graphic to build your pop art illustration.

The Marilyn silkscreen effect is easy to do with PicMonkey.

Open your photo in the Editor

Then paint your background white. To do this, use the Draw tool down in the Artsy group of the Effects tab. Don’t worry too much about precision. Roughness is part of the look.

Switch to black and white

Use PicMonkey to create a cool pop art photo effect!

Convert your image to black and white with Daguerreotype (Brady). Of our nine black and white effects, Daguerreotype is ideal for this project. To get that gritty silkscreen print look, click the Basic Edits tab to increase Highlights and Shadows in the Exposure settings. Next, apply the Sketch effect (Themes > Comic Heroes), and adjust the Fade slider until your image has a high-contrast but balanced distribution of black and white.

Save your image as a PNG and make note of its dimensions.

Build your canvas

To build your illustration, you’ll need to open a blank canvas with Design. (Tip: to preserve your image quality, your canvas cannot be larger than your graphic dimensions. Click Resize in the Basic Edits tab to input your dimensions.)

Open your image with the Your Own button in the Graphics tab, and size it up to your canvas. Now, the schweeeeet part about opening your image as a graphic is that you have control over the blend mode. (Blend modes can do miraculous things—like make a double exposure—so don’t forget to show them some love.) You’ll find the Blend modes in the graphic palette.

Set your graphic’s blend mode to Multiply. This’ll let you paint in the white parts without painting all the way over your illustration (like you did with the background).

Complete ze masterpiece

Use PicMonkey to create a cool pop art photo effect!

Go back to the Draw tool to paint the background and portrait colors for your illustration.

Tip: You can match colors with the eyedropper tool.

Now take a minute to bask in your awesomeness. You’re an advanced photo editor!

If you want to give your illustration a vintage feel, try one of our Papyrus textures. Again, don’t worry about staying exactly in the lines. Art’s about defying convention, y’know?

Remember to save as a PNG!

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.