Use the Pop Art Filter for a Warholesque Look

Did you know you can whip up a pop art masterpiece in a coupla minutes with PicMonkey? Go all Andy Warhol with a checkered, multi-colored design complete with enough colors to give the ’60s a run for their money. Do it using our pop art filter (known in PicMonkey as the Warhol effect) and make all your friends say, “Yes, in fact I did win this at a fancy auction.”

Here's the lowdown on pop art and how to achieve this classic look in PicMonkey.


What is pop art?

Pop art began as a massively popular art movement in the 1950s and 60s. The idea behind the "pop" was that it drew from mass media and popular culture. Indeed, many early works stemmed from post-WWII manufacturing and an ever-growing media presence.

If you're new to pop art, think of it as blurring the lines between traditional "high art" themes and everyday life. Famed pop artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist celebrated the common things, whether they were people, objects, ideas, etc. This resulted in wholly unique works of (pop) art.


Using the pop art filter in PicMonkey

  1. Open a blank collage template.

  2. Replace a cell background with your image.

  3. Apply the Warhol effect (under Effects).

  4. Adjust your overall look using the Brightness, Contrast, and Fade sliders. Click Apply to save your changes.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each collage cell. Change the colors of your pop art filter each time you apply it.

  6. When you're all done, click Download on the top toolbar to download as a JPG, PNG, or PDF (PicMonkey Pro feature). Or click Share and light up one of your social accounts with the new look!

Can I just create one image? Sure! Just open one of our regular blank canvases instead of a collage.


More art-centric resources

If using the pop art filter leaves you ready to go full-on artist, check out a few other tutorials we have for achieving artsy looks:

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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.