Turn a Photo into a Cartoon

Turn a Photo into a Cartoon

PicMonkey can’t spread its superpowers (but believe us, we’re drinking enough radioactive goo), so we’ve tried our hardest to put you and your images in the realm of the unreal. We’re talking about how to turn your photo in the style of a stencil, cartoon, graphic novel, or Warhol print. This short tutorial packs six effects into three minutes, so get ready, get set, and get cartooned.

This short video will show you how to turn a photo into a cartoon:

Video transcription:

Hey everybody. Today I’m gonna show you six different ways to turn your photo into more of a flat graphic illustration. So let’s go ahead and get started.

First, at the bottom of the effects tab, we have posterize, which mathematically reduces the number of colors in your image while specifically catering to how the human eye perceives color, especially skin tones, so it’s great for portraits. And like a lot of our illustrative effects, it blurs the lines of your image, so that’s what this detail bar down here is, and that’s what I’m gonna be kind of playing with. I’m thinking more of a stencil look for this, so let’s try and find the number of colors with the right detail settings that’s gonna make that look perfect. Okay wow, that was super easy and super fast. Boom. You got the skills.

Onto the next one, which is graphic novel. So in themes tab, and then in comic heroes, you’re gonna find graphic novel, which is gonna make your image look like it was ripped from the page of your favorite graphic novel. Don’t worry, we’re not ripping up your books. Instead, we got algorithms working hard to make your pictures better. So every time you slide around these sliders, it’s adjusting for the colors, trying to pick which ones are the best ones to render where the shadows should be. So once you’re satisfied with your look, click apply. Boom. You got the skills.

Next is newsprint, which you’re also gonna find in comic heroes and it’s just as self-explanatory as graphic novel. It makes your image look like it was printed in a newspaper. So, find the settings you like with the slider. Great thing about newsprint is that it’s got these weird dots, so you can make them big, small. It usually looks good either way, depending on what kind of look you’re going for, so just pick yours. Plus, don’t forget, you can use the effect brush to either brush on the original, or brush the effect. But sometimes less is more, so no thanks to this edit, let’s just click apply, because this looks good. And then boom, what do you got? The skills.

Next is sketch, which is also in the comic heroes tab, and it’s kind of crazy how great sketch is you guys. I mean just look at how much it looks like a sketch. You can add color, it looks like you used colored pencils. Take it away, doesn’t matter. It looks so real. Now I’m gonna remind you again, you can always use the effects brush, paint on the effect, paint on the original, whatever you want, it’s up to you. You know what, maybe you don’t even want to use it, and that’s fine because boom, you got the skills.

Next is comic heroes, which I hope you’re ready for, I really do. Because if you’re trying to rock that Ben-Day dot, Lichtenstein look, comic heroes is what you need for that. I mean, just look at how fun it is to play it with these dots. Make them huge, make them small, do whatever you want. Have fun, it’s the important thing. All right, click apply, and we’re done.

But wait, there’s more. How could we forget about Warhol? Kind of two-thirds of the way down through the effects tab, what Warhol does is it replaces black and white with two colors of your choosing. The default’s kind of this brown and blue, I’m just gonna adjust the sliders, go through and pick my own colors. And remember to just use the color picker if you don’t have your hex code, or you don’t see it on the grid, that’s what the color picker’s perfect for. With Warhol, you can do a lot of cool things with the effects brush. I’m gonna go ahead and just make it so that I’m painting on the effect, gonna speed it way up because I was doing some fine brushwork here, so we can make it just how she is yellow and black, and then pick different colors for other parts of the image. And make sure, though, that before you start your second set of colors, you click apply. Once I’ve done that, I’ve picked my two colors, and I’m gonna get to work kind of making the background look amazing. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist, so in the interests of time, I’ve gone ahead and sped ahead all this brush work. It’s like two effects and one. And we encourage you to pick and choose, play around, just have fun whenever you’re using PicMonkey to turn your photo into an illustration.

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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 good pictures and take over the world.