This will be my first tutorial, (first topic on gtaforums even… what can I say, I’m not big on spam…).
I’ve gotten some PM’s about this topic, on how to create that popart effect.
So I decided to make this little tutorial showing how.
I would just like to say, before anyone asks, that I did NOT figure out how to do this myself, a friend taught me this a couple of years back. I've just improved it some-what.
I know this is simple, but I don’t think it’s obvious, since a number of people have asked me how to do it.
Anyway, this tutorial should be very simple to follow for anyone with just the basic PS knowledge.
You will first need a LARGE image, a photo should be around 1280x1024 for best result, the bigger, the better. If you want to use a smaller image, like I did in the topic mentioned above, you will have to resize it, don’t worry about the loss in quality, since you are going to use the “stamp”-filter, and that is quite forgiving.
For the best result, the background should preferably be simple. Like a wall or something. The important thing is to choose a image where the person/s and the background color is in contrast to each other. Otherwise it’s easy to get the background to merge with the person. And that’s bad (duh.. ).
When you’ve decided that you will use a image of yourself, your grandmother or a three-headed monkey, you open said image up in Photoshop.
I’ve used a pic of yours truly.
Start with making 3 copies of the background (Ctrl + J). You may not need both of them, but it can be good to do it anyway.
Select the top layer, make sure you have black as you foreground color, and white as your background color.
Use the Stamp filter: Filter -> Sketch -> Stamp.
Set Smoothness to 1 and then mess around with the Light/Dark Balance until you think it looks good.
As you now may notice, some parts of the picture looks good, and some don’t.
In my example you see that when the head and body looks okay the hand looks to weak, and when the hand looks okay, the rest is to dark.
The solution to this is really simple. Just make one layer where the one part is OK and another layer where the other part is OK. Then just erase the bad parts of the top layer and you should be fine.
Make more copies if necessary. Merge down to one layer (Ctrl + E).
You’ll need to make one copy of this layer, but to be on the safe side, make two.
Now on to the coloring;
You can do this in two ways: the hard one: Use the paint bucket and manually fill every piece of white you find (all colors must be in separate layers). This method is slow, and will make baby jesus cry. So instead, do it the easy way:
Select the “Magic Wand Tool” (press “W”).
Change the settings to this:
Click on something white, and whoop-dee-doo, all the white should be selected. Press delete.
It’s should look like this:
Create a New Layer UNDER the layer that you worked on until now. Now you can just use the paintbrush to fill the colors you want:
The color I’ve used is #F6BEA5.
Now repeat this until you have all the colors you want for the picture.
Note: the colors must be in separate layers. One layer for red, another for blue, and so on.
When you are done with the coloring, select a color layer and go to Filters -> Pixlate -> Color Halftone
Use these settings:
Now apply this to all color layers.
A good font to go with these images are Masked Marvel.
Hope you like this. Any comments are appreciated.