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How to achieve cartoon / comic look (Corbis image)

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Old 11-28-2006, 05:29 AM
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How to achieve cartoon / comic look (Corbis image)

Any tutorials on how to create this effect found at Corbis
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:56 AM
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Re: Corbis Cartoon

It looks to me like a drawing that's been scanned and colored. The layer containing the skin color has some masked transparency along the edges of her arms and shoulders that let the background show through. And the whole image looks a bit desaturated, which was probably done after it was colored.

The overall style is pretty "loose" and "sketchy" as you can see lines that have been changed and color that leaks outside the lines.

It shouldn't be too hard to do something similar.

Basically find a drawing to trace or draw something yourself on paper. Scan in into photoshop and adjust the levels or redraw the lines on a new layer to get the really nice black outlines. Duplicate that layer and set its blend mode to multiply and drag that layer to the top.

To do the coloring, create a new layer for each color and do the shading using any number of techniques like doge and burn or blurring light and darker shades. These color layers should be between the orginal background layer and the outline layer.

Create or find a background you like and put that layer on the bottom just above the white canvas or the original scanned layer and beneath the color and outline layers. Change the transparancy or mask it as needed so that some of the original sketch shows through.

For the transparancy around the arms, just add a white layer mask to the skin color layer and using black with a soft brush, paint in a bit of transparancy where you want it. If you make a mistake, paint with white to bring it back.

Then when it's all colored the way you like, add a hue saturation adjustment layer above everything else and desaturate the image a bit so the colors look more muted like in the example you shared.

I hope that all made sense.

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Old 11-28-2006, 09:35 AM
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Re: Corbis Cartoon

Take a look at these...
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:42 AM
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