Create a comic effect on photos in photoshop

In this tutorial, we will turn a photo into a drawing with a comic effect.

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Final image

Let’s start!

Create a new document 800 x 1000 px, resolution 72 dpi, color white.
Then open the model image and bring it to work. Choose a tool Quick Selection Tool (W) (Quick selection) and highlight the white background.

Translator’s Note: correct the selection, in particular the sleeve – in the Quick Mask mode.

Next, invert the selection by going to the menu Select> Inverse (Shift + Ctrl + I) (Selection – Invert). Then go to menu Select> Refine Edge (Alt + Ctrl + R) (Selection – Refine Edge).

Tool Refine radius tool (Refine edge) follow the contour of the hair. If necessary, walk the tool several times.

And here is the result.

Select a background layer and add a layer – a gradient fill. To do this, go to the menu Layer> NewFillLayer> Gradient (Layers – New layer – fill – Gradient).

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Using Brushes Rays of light, draw rays of red color.

Select all the layers in the layers panel and merge into one (Ctrl + E).

Duplicate the resulting layer (Ctrl + J). Turn off the visibility of the duplicate by clicking on the eye and select the bottom layer.

Then go to menu Filter> Filter Gallery> Artistic> Poster Edges (Filter – Filter Gallery – Imitation – Contoured edges).

Double-click on a layer to open the blending options window. Add the following layer styles.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) diameter 6 px color white and paint glare on the eyes.

Add adjustment layer Vibrance (Vibration).

Go to the duplicate layer and turn on visibility by clicking on the eye.

Then go to the menu Filter> Pixelate> Color Halftone (Filter – Appearance – Colored halftone).

Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft light).

Now we need to add a popup window for the dialogue. To do this, select the tool Custom shape tool (U) (Arbitrary shape) and draw a shape. Turn a little shape (Ctrl + T).

Add a layer style Stroke (Stroke). In versions CS6 and higher, the outline of the shape can be set on the top toolbar – Stroke (stroke) – 6 – 7 px, Align (align) –Inside (inside).

Write your text color # bd0004. Apply the following layer styles.

And here is the final result.

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