This is an update of the First Simple Comic Book Effect (here). The update is that this effect gives the photo a more vintage poster look. We’ve worked with a comic book effect and with gradients in other tutorials, so I came with this after experimenting and trying some combinations. This effect creates soe interesting results.
Step 1: Effects on the Photo.
First thing to do is to make sure the Photo is a Smart Object. This is important for fine tuning the effect afterwards. After that go to:
Filter -> Stylize -> Oil Paint. Set every setting to 10.
Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer: settings will be different for every photo.
Add a Posterize Adjustment Layer: the setting will depent on your photo, try to keep the values between 5-10. Set the Blend Mode to Soft Light and opacity around 60%.
I find that the Brightness/Contrast Layer, in many cases, needs some work after the Posterize effect. Or with some photo’s I used the Brightness/Contrast Layer above the Posterize Layer
Step 2: Experiment with Colors.
The give it a Poster feel we can add a Gradient. Experiment with different colors and blending modes. Like I did:
Step 3: Combine Effetcs.
Sometimes the Simple Comic Book Effect doesn’t give a clean result. This is mostly when the photo has a lot af detail, like in the facial area. Any imperfection shows on the effect. You can render the filters, but I found the combination of these two effects interesting.
Save your Comic/Poster Effect photo and open it as a new document.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a simple comic book drawing effect. You can take any photo you like. It will work on almost every photo.
Step 1: The photo.
Duplicate your photo (ctrl+j) then convert it to a smart object. When you do this you can alter the effect on the photo. Now go to Image -> Adjustments -> Shadow/highlights. Use the standard settings. Remeber you can alter the settings afterwarts, because you converted the photo in a smart object.
Step 2: Stack of effects.
Now we can begin to create the comic book effect. with the following filters:
Stylize -> Oil Paint. With these settings: stylization 2, cleanliness 10. The rest is standard setting.
Filter Gallery -> Poster Edges. Settings: thickness 0, intensity 1, limitation 6. Then adjust the effect to: oppacity 60%, blend mode: normal.
Noise -> Reduce Noise: strenght 10, the rest of the setting 0.