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Old 03-06-2009, 02:53 PM
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Pop Art effect

Hi,

I've been trying to create an effect close to these 2 sites below but I still haven't been able to figure it out:

http://www.photowow.com/
http://www.mydavinci.com/j/home.jsp

I've gone through several turorials but I'd like to keep it close to what the person looks like. Most tutorials I've seen seem to use the Cutout filter, threshold or poster edges and it becomes hard to see the original person.

I desaturated the image then added levels but in the above 2 sites they're adding some effect to the pictures but I can't tell what.

I have gone through this tutorial but it's not the effect I want.
http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-warholphoto.html

Thanks so much for any help.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:47 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Others on this site may have more experience...danny for one, but have you tried: 1) checking youtube...there are many tutorials photoshop pop art and 2) the photos from the ads above look like a picture that has been desaturated and then painted.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:29 AM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Try this URL nice actions there and the Warhol one is free. Maybe this is what you are after.

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Old 03-07-2009, 02:16 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Hello Mana and welcome...

Here's my 2 cents worth of opinion: Once the subject image is isolated from the background it looks to me like a fair amount of "simplification" was applied. This can be done using filters like Photoshop's Blur > Surface Blur or plugins like Topaz Simplify. Then components like hair, clothes, etc. are isolated onto their own layers where colors can be easily varied.

Does this help?
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:12 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Thanks so much for your comments. I had tried the surface blur and I didn't know about the Topaz filter and like that more than the surface blur. I'm not sure if I'm quite getting the effect so I've attached what I worked on.

I also tried the warhol action that gholmes listed and it looks good but not quite what I'm looking for. The photowow and mydavinci sites seem to add another filter that changes it slightly but not too much from the original image.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:51 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Hard to tell what Photowow and Mydivinci are using because their samples are so small -- probably to make it harder to mimic their results!

You're on the right track: knocked out background and bright colors.

I dusted off a seldom used multifunction plugin: Topaz Vivacity. I used the "Topaz Clean" option on the attached image below.

- - - - - -

Other possibilities:
* Check www.atncentral.com for "cartoon" actions; seems like I've seen some of this nature at this site.
* Google: photoshop action cartoon to see what's on the net.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:42 AM
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Newbie Re: Pop Art effect

I started out to do what Danny had suggested using the Topaz software, but wound up with this-still using Topaz software.

Seems like a different way to arrive at something we have done a different way many times herein. No?
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:04 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

Thanks so much for your comments. I'm going to try out the Topaz filters some more, they seem to have some interesting effects.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:51 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

I just have one more question on this. When I'm colorizing the face, unless the face is totally shades of black and white as when Adjustments/Threshold is used, it doesn't take on the color you select. For example, when I desaturate the photo there are still levels of greys in it and if I add a skin color on it, it looks murky and not the nice skin color because the face is greyish. How can I remove most color of the face to black and white without using the threshold? I've tried selecting different layer blending modes but it doesn't quite work and I've tried levels but it doesn't give that all around solid color on the face.

Thanks so much.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:45 PM
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Re: Pop Art effect

you didnt really specify which of all those effects you were interested in. however, the conversation seems to be settling around posterization and simplification. would that be fair to say?

there are many ways to achieve those types of results. there was a link to a tutorial posted a while back here in the forums about a lines and fill method that i found kind of interesting. there is also the slower hand method involving smudge and airbrush. and then there's the filter method. for those i use filter forge ( http://www.filterforge.com ). there are a fair number of filters in filter forge that may well do what you're looking for. i'll post some examples.

the first is the original image.

the second is from one filter forge filter.

and here's another from a different filter.

fun, isnt it
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