Today’s tutorial is centered on how to turn photo to a cartoon character using the Adjustment Posterize. What this command does is to split the hue on a photo into a layer-look that looks like cartoon character.
We will be using the photo of one of Nigeria’s best On Air Personality, Toolz. Currently a lead presenter with Beat FM 99.9. Tolu aka ‘Toolz’ was born and pretty much bred in the UK, but was lucky enough to spend a few very impactful years in Lagos.
Take a look from the steps below on how we were able to transfer her real photo into a cartoon look and feel.
Open a New Page, choose International Paper from the Preset on the New Dialog box and select A4.
We then import the photo of Toolz which we actually got courtesy Google on the canvas.
Pick the magic wand tool to get rid of the white background.
Modify the selection by selecting Feather (SHIFT + F6). Set the feather radius to 2 and click OK. Then delete the selection.
Create a ‘golden yellow’ background (C: 0; M: 30; Y:100 K:0) as shown below:
Also duplicate the working photo by pressing CTRIL + J.
Then remove the layer visibility of the duplicated image as shown below:
Click on the visible image, go to Image/Adjustment/Posterize. Set the Level to 2 and below is what you will get.
Click on the layer style flyout and select Multiply
Below is what you get after setting it to Multiply
You can now disable the visibility of the main photo, and enable the visibility of the duplicated photo (check Step 4 if you are not getting it).
Select Posterize again from Image/Adjustment/Posterize and set the Level to 3.
You can now enable the visibility of the photo above (main photo), and below is what you get.
NB: If you think you can still make the look and feel better, you can adjust it the way you want using other commands.
What we have been able to do here is to transform a photo into a cartoon character. And we have been able to put you through how to use the Adjustment Posterize. Your assignment will be to look for an image of your choice and follow the steps above.
About the Author
Olabode Ojomo is the Creative Partner/Founder of Olabodeskills, a Young Lion Competition Winner (Print Category) in 2010. He is a seasoned Visual Designer with specialty in Typography, Digital Art and Compositing. He is currently a Deputy Art Director with one of Nigeria’s top Advertising Agency and has worked on various accounts like Western Union, First Bank, British America Tobacco (BAT), Pfizer, Etisalat, Multi-Choice, Swipha, FSDH, Binatone and Cadbury. His love for art is uncontrollable.