Smart Way to Quickly Make COMIC BOOK DRAWINGS From Your Photos! Photoshop Tutorial


Hi! Welcome back to the
PhotoshopTrainingChannel.com. I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
quickly and easily create comic book drawings from a photo in Photoshop. For this effect, we will use only three filters. As usual, I’ll explain what ever filter is
doing behind the scenes so that you understand why we’re using it, but more importantly so
that you can use it for other purposes, not just as drawing effect. By the way, if you’re new to the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that subscribe and notification buttons. Okay, let’s get started. This is the document that
we’re going to work with. It’s just a single layer. Now, before we actually start with the tutorial,
I want to show you how I created this image. It’s simply a composite using all these layers,
and it’s basically this image here. This is an Adobe stock image, and this background. Then I went to Select, Select All, to make
a selection around the entire canvas, and then Edit, Copy Merge, and pasted all those
layers as a single layer in this document. So that’s how I got there, and that’s how
the image was created. The image is really not that important. This technique will work with most images. So go ahead and try it with any image that
you like. And the reason that I’m using this image is
because I wanted a cool sci-fi comic book vibe. The first thing that I’m going to do is right
click on the layer, and select Convert to Smart Object, which means that we can work non-destructively
and we can change the filters that we apply to this layer. The first thing that I’ll do actually is press
Ctrl T, Command T, to transform. And then I’ll scale up the image just so that we have a close up view, much like the thumbnail
for this video. So I’ll scale that up, and place her right
about here. Then, I’m going to press Ctrl J,
Command J on the Mac, to duplicate the original layer, and what we’re going to work with first are
the lines of the drawing. I’ll disable the original layer just so that
we’re looking at the lines layer. So one of the filters that we’re going to
work with in this tutorial is poster edges, and that’s found under the filter
menu under Filter Gallery. Then in the artistic group you can select
Poster Edges. You can click-and-drag
so that you can see what that does. Poster edges reduces the number of colors
in an image. In other words, it posterizes the image, so
that’s where the word poster comes from in the name. And the colors are reduced according to the
posterization value that you use with this slider. So the lower the number, the fewer colors
that you get. The higher the number,
the more colors that you get. For this effect, I recommend starting with
two, and seeing if that works for your image, and then you can always come back and edit
it if you need to. The second part of the name is edges, so poster
edges. That means that we posterize the image, and
then add edges. So any time that Photoshop finds an edge it’s
going to add black, creating this outlined look. And these two sliders control the edges of
the image, the thickness of the image, how big the edges are. Again, you can always come back and edit them. So I’ll leave the edge thickness at two, and
the intensity, basically how dark they are. So again, I’ll reduce the intensity, and then
adjust it later if I need to. So I’ll leave the edge intensity at three. Then I’ll press OK. What we want to do now is keep the black in
the image, and then remove everything else. So one way of doing that is by using an adjustment
called threshold. I’m going to go into Image, Adjustment, Threshold. And it brings up this window that you see
here. By default, the threshold is at 128. That means that any value higher than 128
will become white, and any value lower than 128 will become black. Now, if you don’t know what I mean by 128,
let me show you the foreground color. I’m going to double click on the foreground
color, and look at the RGB values here. If I select this gray here, you’ll notice
that we have a value of 77. If I go to black, we have a value of zero. If I go up to white, we have a value of 255. So that’s what that means. So if you have a 50% gray with a value of
128, then that means that anything brighter than that will be white. Anything darker than that will be black. So threshold just gives you two colors, black
and white, based on the luminosity of the image. And that’s going to help us create our line
art. So let me go back into threshold, and I can
adjust it accordingly. I can move it to the right to make the drawing
darker, or to the left to make it brighter. So fine tune it. In this case, a threshold of 29 will give
us really good line work, and then press OK. So now we have these black lines with a white
background, which is exactly what we want. I’m going to zoom in by tapping the Z key
and then clicking, and notice that we have a problem. The problem is that this looks very jaggy. It looks very computer generated. It doesn’t look very good. But we can use a filter that is designed to
transform an image to give it the visual appearance of a painting. So let me show you what I mean by that. If you go into Filter, Stylize, Oil Paint,
you’re going to get the oil paint filter, which makes it seem as if those lines were
painted on. By the way, make sure that lighting is off. Lighting creates this effect of actual paint
on a canvas. You can see how it’s got height and depth. We don’t really want that in this case, so
just disable it, and just work with the stylization and cleanliness. Stylization adjusts the style of the strokes,
ranging from zero to ten. Zero creates a dabbed look, and ten creates
a smooth stroke. So I’m going to increase it all the way to
the end, and you’ll see how it creates a long, smooth stoke. And I can bring that down and it creates that
dabbed look. So again, you have to fine tune it accordingly
until you get something that works for your image. I would recommend just applying a setting
that looks okay, and then coming back and editing later, and I’ll show you how to do
that in a moment. And then adjust the cleanliness. Cleanliness adjusts the length of the stroke,
ranging from short strokes to long strokes. So short strokes or long strokes, and again
all these settings are subjective, and you can adjust them as you see fit. In this case, I’ll just leave it at 1.5, and
I’ll press Okay. Then I’ll right click and fit the image to
screen just so that you can see what we have. So now we’ve created a line art,
and it looks great. Let’s now work on the color that we’re going
to use for this comic book effect. So I’m going to collapse the smart object,
disable the layer, and I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, on this original
layer to duplicate it, and I’ll enable it, and I’ll change it to color. This is going to be the color of the image. And we’re going to use the same filters to
create the color. So go into Filter, Filter Gallery, and Poster
Edges to be Selected by Default, since this is the last filter that we used, and then
all I will do is just bring the edge thickness to zero, and the edge intensity to zero. So that removes the edges, and we keep the
color of the image, which is exactly what we want. Then I’ll press Okay. And we’re going to use the oil paint filter
to make it look as if it was painted by hand. So go to Filter, Stylize, Oil Paint, and you
can use the same settings for now, and just press OK. So we now have the color, and we have the
line art. To combine these two layers, we’re going to
use a blending mode. Blending modes allow you to blend layers together
based on several factors, including luminosity, and, in some cases, color. In this case, we are only worried about the
luminosity because we want to keep the dark pixels, the line art, and we want to remove
the white pixels, the white background. So the blending mode that will do just that
is Multiply. When you select Multiply, you’ll notice that
the white disappears and you keep the black. So just like that we created the comic book
effect. And by the way, if you’re enjoying the tutorial,
do me a favor and click on that Like button now, and let me know down in the comments
below what you’ve learned. Now, remember what I said a moment ago, that
you can always come back and make adjustments to your image, and that’s exactly what you
should do at this point. So let me show you what I mean by that. I expanded the smart filter, and you can see
all the filters that you applied. You can click on these eye icons to disable
them, or enable them by clicking on the empty spaces. So if I double click on the first one, Filter
Gallery, you can see how the poster edges filter comes back, and I can make an adjustment. So I can make thicker edges, and make them
darker. Press OK, and the adjustment is updated to
my drawing. In this case, I didn’t really want to do that,
so I’m going to undo that step. Something that I do recommend doing is playing
around with the threshold. So I’m going to double click on the threshold,
and I’ll just make it a little bit darker to add more shadows into the artwork. And make it more dramatic, and then press
OK and see how that affects the drawing. So again, you can decide whether you want
to keep the darker or lighter versions. One thing that I do want to work on in this
image is her hair. I would like more detail in her hair. So we can adjust the original image. Remember, all these filters use the luminous
values and colors of the image to create the effect. So if we adjust those, then we change the
effect of the filter. So let me go ahead and double click on any
one of these smart objects. It doesn’t really matter which one. They’re all linked. They’re all the same. And that will bring up the original image. And if I make an adjustment to this original
image, it will show in the working document. And I’ll close this composite, since we don’t
need it, and what I’ll do is go into a window, Arrange, Two Up, Vertical, to put the two
side by side. So now I have the two windows side by side. So this is the working document, and this
is the image inside of the smart object. So I’m going to zoom into her hair, and I’m
going to click on the quick selection tool, and just make a really rough selection around
her hair, like so. And I don’t want to select her face, so I’m
going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and click and drag to remove her face and body
from the selection. I just want her hair, and I’ll also deselect
the helmet. So with her hair selected I’m going to go
into the new adjustment layer icon and select Levels, and I’m just going to create more
contrast in that levels adjustment, like so. Then, I’m going to press Ctrl S, Command S
on the Mac, to save, and watch what happens. See how that adjustment immediately updated
on the drawing? I don’t want the color to take effect onto
the drawing. I just want the luminosity to change. I can do that by using a blending mode. If I select the luminosity blending mode,
notice that I just make the pixels darker. I don’t increase saturation. So I’ll save again, and you’ll see what happens. But before I do that, notice one thing. In Photoshop we have tabs, and if you see
this little asterisk right next to the parentheses, that means that that file is not saved. So watch what happens when I press Ctrl S,
Command S on the Mac, to save. Photoshop saves the image. The asterisk goes away, and it updates our
comic book effect. So once again, this is before. And this is after. So I would recommend going back into the smart
object, and making these kinds of adjustments so that you can get the proper line work that
you want in your project. And I’ll paint with white on the layer mask,
just to bring in more detail into the drawing on this part of the image. I’ll save, and I get more detail as you saw
there. So that’s what you need to do. Just fine tune your image. I’m going to close the smart object for now,
and we’re going to add a few adjustment layers to enhance the color of the image. First, I’m going to add a levels adjustment
layer, and I can use this middle slider to adjust the contrast of the image, this one
to adjust the dark point, and this one to adjust the brightest point. So you can adjust it accordingly to create
the right dramatic effect that you want in your comic book drawing. Then you can add a vibrance adjustment layer. Vibrance is a smarter way of saturating. It protects already saturated pixels and skin
tones. So I can click and drag the vibrance slider
to the right. And it saturates the image. If you want a stronger effect, then increase
saturation and you will really bump up the saturation of the image. But in this case, we really don’t want to
do that too much. And by the way, if you’re interested in finding
out more about vibrance and saturation, I do have a full length tutorial on that particular
adjustment layer and how it works. Check it out. I’ll place a link right below in the description. At this point, with the top most layer selected,
I’m going to hold Shift, and click on the color layer, then press Ctrl G, Command G
on the Mac. and I’ll call this Group Effect, and I’ll
enable the original, and you can see the before and the after. Now there’s one more thing I want to show
you. I want to show you how you can use this as
the template now. But before I do that I want to remind you
that if you are following along to share your results on Instagram, and use the hashtag
ptcvids. Also, if you’re on Facebook, consider joining
the Photoshop Training Channel Facebook group. This is it here. This is a Facebook group, um, that it’s free. I’ll place a link right below in the description. You can just click on that and join, and this
is where users share their work, ask questions, and this is a really neat community where
not only I answer questions, but everybody helps each other out. and, ah, now that I’m looking at it there’s
one thing that I wanted to show. This is my latest personal project. It’s a 3-D render in Adobe Dimension. You can check it out on my Behance page, and
I’ll click on it just to show you what it is. This is a full, 3-D render. It’s not a photo. There’s an animation here that shows you what
the 3-D model looks like, and these are all the different renders that I’ve made. Each render took about eight and a half hours,
believe it or not. And if you’re not really familiar with Adobe
Dimension, or what it is. I do have a free Dimension CC Crash-Course
here on YouTube, so you can check that out. I’ll place a link right below in the description
to this project, and you can check out the tutorial from there if you like. Also, feel free to leave me a comment on my
Behance page. But anyway, let me show you how you can use
this as a template. So we have the original file here, which is
in a smart object, and we have the group with all the layers that make up the effect. As you saw earlier, with a smart object you
can always work non-destructively. You can double click on the smart object thumbnail
to open it up in a new tab, and you can make adjustments that reflect on the artwork. That also means that we can just bring any
other photo, and the effects will be applied. So I can click and drag on this portrait,
and I can scale it to fit it on screen, and then just save the image, Control S, Command
S on the Mac, and go back, and then you’ll see the effect is updated. The reason that it looks like this is because
the layer was scaled up in the beginning of the tutorial. Remember, when we pressed Ctrl T, Command
T on the Mac, and we scaled it up? That’s why the comic book effect looks really
big. But, you can see that all those effects were
applied, and we can come back and edit them if we need to. So I can maybe change the threshold amount
to fine tune it, and just bring in more detail on her hair, and press OK. Or we can make it darker, just to make it
more dramatic. Again, the settings are totally up to you,
and the image that you’re working with. What I’m going to do now is delete this layer,
and keep the original design, close it, save it, and the artwork is updated. And this is what the final image looks like
after I spend some time fine tuning the different controls and details of the drawing. And that is where the magic happens in Photoshop,
when you spend time working on details, and I recommend you do just that. Let me know down in the comments below if
you like this comic book effect, and also don’t forget to share your results on Instagram
and on my Facebook page. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that subscribe and notification buttons. Thank you so much for watching, and I will
talk to you again in the next tutorial.

100 thoughts on “Smart Way to Quickly Make COMIC BOOK DRAWINGS From Your Photos! Photoshop Tutorial

  1. 3D Personal Project (My Behance) ► https://behance.net/gallery/74188711/Contemporary-Living-Space-3D-Scene-in-Dimension-CC
    Vibrance and Saturation Explained ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUCZ0PQ9OEs&t=2s&list=PL3bfN-31F9RfIYmd445LK9F8pQ7jbmHPu
    Facebook Group ► https://www.facebook.com/groups/166474980794684/

  2. I like that you are clarifying what settings you are using and why. Like the detail of your instructions. ,THUMBS UP!!

  3. Is there a quick way to remove some of the lines.. For example, the last image when you dragged it in.. The girl had lots of lines in her face and around her eyes, how could those lines be limited with out editing the original image. I see the Threshold amount removed many of them, but surely it would still leave plenty. Cheers

  4. One the very best tutorials I've had the pleasure to learn from. I'm in the process of putting together a pitch deck for a super hero web animation series, and I needed to get up to speed fast on this technique,. You just made my life infinitely easier. Love the way you get to the point without the fluff. Now I can go hike and confidently come back and finish one of my images tonight. Your tutorial technique should be modeled. Bravo, and thank you 🙂

  5. This video just made my day! I am working on some fun ideas for things like shirts for my channel and hate the idea of just pasting a cool photo of me on a shirt but a cartoon or super stylized image may look super cool

  6. when you said 8 hours that's a full workday staring at a computer screen
    i want to buy PHOTO SHop
    the learning curve is HIGH
    WHY………//

  7. Sry but this is simply an outcry from those who had searched years for a smarter way to make comics.

  8. I cannot understand why, when I go to 'Image' and then select 'Adjustments', Threshold is greyed out. The only available options are Shadow/Toning, HDR Toning and Variations. So I can get no further. This is a really useful tutorial too. Any ideas why I am not seeing the Threshold option? I have followed exactly the instructions up to that point. I am Using Photoshop CS5 64bit version on a Windows 10 desktop..

  9. Try the cut out filter instead of posterizing the color layer. You end up with an image that looks a lot more like 4 color printing. Also you should let people know that the higher the resolution of the image you are working with the better the end result will be.

  10. I can't do the Threshold effect you are showing, after I did the Posterize filter. How do I fix that?

  11. First of all, this is amazing – I love this – your tutorials are great. Any thoughts on: how to do this for animals? And, how to get a consistent result? It seems like different file sizes – along with other differences in skin tone, hair, etc. make a big difference in how the images turn out. Some are amazing, some are sort of lackluster.

  12. I just happened upon these (great channel btw), and I cannot for the life of me get the threshold to work. It is greyed out in the menu on both CS6 and CC. Any suggestions on how to fix this? It only works if I change the image to rasterized but then changing the original image doesnt work. Need suggestions for this to fix the error. Thanks so much!

  13. I have CS6 and threshold did not come up when i used smart image but it became available (ungreyed) when i just used the duplicated image … I remember another video where you mentioned that CC upgrade would allow me to use smart image without that greying of options? Is that right? Thanks … I was able to follow it without the smart image option … just used copies … terry

  14. Wow, I'm just speechless! I've tried so many ways but couldn't accomplish. This is very simple and amazing! Thanks!

  15. Hi!
    Great channel. I'm a bit stumped – is there a way this can be achieved in Ps CS4? I can manage up to the Threshold adjustment layer and merging it down but I don't have the oil painting filter.

  16. i have been looking for this effect for a long time ago, thanks a lot Jesus!!! I have subscribed! and I liked the video! Great job!!

  17. Truly a great video. I’ve seen some others of yours. All amazing. I wish I had you when I was learning. How you explain how each filter works. The little tips like the asterisk you see without saving. Amazing, amazing stuff. I spent a lot of money learning all this stuff. You would of been an amazing resource. Thanks for this. Keep it up.

  18. Mindblowing AWSOME man! Thx for sharing.

    Can u pls make a advance Tutorial about animating Images in Timeline?

  19. Good tutorial thanks, in some steps I'm a bit confused, maybe it's the Photoshop version that you use in the tutorial, the one I use now is the CS6. From then on, I do not like the idea of paying a monthly fee for a photo editor program. That's like a stab on the back of adobe to customers. What version of Photoshop did you use for this tutorial?

  20. Hello! I'm new with photoshop and at 9:50 point, where you double click. It didn't do that for me and I couldn't create the 2 up vertical screen. Any idea what I may have missed?

  21. Just entered your fb group and posted something I made a time ago but got a little rude answer on it from a moderator. He wrote Please show us how. This is a training group, not a "and the award goes to…" group. I found it a bit of a rude comment. Sorry I needed you to know

  22. as with all your tutorials, awesome job. You explain things very well! your video's are a pleasure to watch and incorporate

  23. Great tutorial, but for some reason my oil painting filter doesn't work and I cannot use it. I am with a version CC 2018. Is there an alternative way around it?

  24. If you don't have photoshop, there are apps that change your photos into different comic book effects or paintings in a snap.

  25. I have photoshop cs5 which doesn’t have the oil paint filter. Are there any plugins I can purchase or work around?
    Thanks 🙂

  26. After enabling the threshold and poster edges, I enabled the oil paint filter but the picture stayed the same, without any oil paint effect. What can be the cause of this?

  27. The freakin' text is driving me crazy now. It's blocks out certain settings and clicks that I can't see. Darn it!!!

  28. Among all of other youtube channels explaining on photoshop tutorial, your videos are the best ! I really like your explanation because it is very detail and your pronunciation and vocal is great. Your voice is clear and manly. I like it. Already suscribe to your channel and now I declare myself as your fan.

  29. That was an amazing tutorial! I have been making comics from photos for awhile now but stopped at just poster edges and an exposure adjustment layer. I will give this technique a go.

  30. Simple ans well explained, what i loved the most is that (as you said) you're not only saying how to do things but also why this is how we can ehance your techniques further and not just be a copycat, congratulations

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