Software to make photos into cartoons

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by MarkHastings, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Jan 27, 2003
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    Well, the title says it all. I have a "Watercolor" filter in Photoshop that flattens areas of color in a photo to make it look more "painterly", but are there any kind of "Comic book" software apps that do a good job of making cartoons out of photographs??
  2. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

    Mar 8, 2000
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    HERE is an article that explains how to get close to a cartoon look with Photoshop filters.

    Basically, what you want to do is get all the color in one layer and blur it, and reduce the color depth to give it a cartoony feel (add a halftone effect to give it a newsprint look if you want). And then capture the photo's edges in another layer and make it transparent and overlay it over your color layer. I used the now defunct Microsoft Image Composer to come up with this picture of my unhappy self:

    The "stamp" filter worked really well for me in drawing the edges.

    Good luck.

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