Turning Photograph Into Cartoon-Style Picture – Part 4 (Coloring)

Part 4 – Coloring

 

Tutorial Index:

 

This is the last part of tutorial on turning photograph into cartoon-style picture. (If you haven’t done so, please read the first part, second part, and the third part of the tutorial).

On the third part of the tutorial, we have applied some shading to the cartoon photo. Here’s what we got so far:

what we got so far

 

By the end of part 4 of the tutorial, we will have something like this as the final result of our cartooning work:

final result

 

Now begin..

 

 

Step 6: Coloring

 

Our next step is coloring.

For our Rihanna picture, we need to colorize her shirt (tank top?), lips, teeth, eyes, and hair.

Let’s begin.

1. On the Tools Palette, choose ‘Paint Bucket Tool’ paint bucket (or press ‘G’).

 

default colors2. Press ‘d’ to set the foreground color to black and background color to white.

 

 

 

layers3. On the Layers Palette, select the ‘skin’ layer.

 

 

 

 

4. Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of Layers Palette.

On the popup menu, choose ‘Solid Color…’. A ‘Color Picker’ dialog box will be displayed.

 

 

pick color for shirt5. On the ‘Color Picker’ dialog box, pick a dark red color. This color will be used for the shirt. (I picked #B24747 for the shirt. You don’t need to be too picky here. We can change the color easily later whenever we want to).

Click OK

 

 

 

 

 

6. Now we have something like this.

shirt colored

 

 

7. Click on the canvas to fill our shirt’s layer mask with black color.

 

8. Rename our new layer to ‘shirt’.

And now we have something like this.

layers

 

 

layers9. Create a clipping mask between ‘shirt’ layer and ‘skin’ layer. Press Ctrl + G while the ‘shirt’ layer is still selected.

 

 

 

 

10. Repeat step 4 through step 9 to make layers for the color of lips, eyes, iris, and hair.

By the end of this step, our layers will be like this:

layers

 

 

11. Now that we’ve done preparing the layer for each color , we can start coloring each part of the picture.

Let’s start with the hair.

From the ‘Tools Palette’, pick ‘Pencil Tool’ pencil tool (or press ‘B’).

 

12. On the ‘Layers Palette’, select the ‘hair’ layer.

 

13. Make sure the foreground color is pure white. (Press ‘X’ if you have to switch foreground and background colors).

 

14. Start painting the hair. Use a hard brush with the opacity set to 100%. Make sure that you zoom in when coloring, so that it is nice and tidy. (The clipping mask help us a lot here. It won’t let the color run out of border)

coloring the hair

 

 

15. Now let’s move on with the next layer, the ‘iris’. On the ‘Layers Palette’, select the ‘iris’ layer. Repeat steps 13 through 14 to paint the iris.

Here’s what we got:

coloring the iris

 

 

16. The eyes (the white part of the eyes) and teeth (for they have the same color, which is white)…

coloring the eyes

 

 

17. The lips…

coloring the lips

 

 

18. shirt…

colring the shirt

 

changing the color And anytime you feel the need to change a color of any layer, just double click the layer (not the layer mask!) and choose a new color on the Color Picker. Very easy.

 

That’s all!

We’re done cartooning the photograph.

 

And here’s our cute cartoon photo of Rihanna:

cartoon photo of rihanna

 

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38 Comments

Osinlami Bidemi

Dec 2015 at 11:11 pm

You have a great job here, WELDONE.

Okisz

Feb 2016 at 9:53 pm

Wow!!!, Great Work, Av make mine nd was really MUAH!!!!!

raheem

Feb 2016 at 5:13 pm

If I follow your steps I don’t get the actual results as yours and by the which Photoshop version are you using.
mine is Photoshop cs 4.
please help me do it!
thanks!

    cartoonized.net

    Feb 2016 at 4:40 pm

    We used Adobe Photoshop CS for this tutorial.

raheem

Feb 2016 at 5:14 pm

If I follow your steps I don’t get the actual results as yours and by the which Photoshop version are you using.
mine is Photoshop cs 4.
please help me do it!
thanks! thank!!

Damilare

Feb 2016 at 11:50 pm

pls can you help me with mine?? cos I’m not getting a good result… pls

    cartoonized.net

    Mar 2016 at 8:43 am

    Just don’t give up. Practice makes perfect 🙂

sam fred

Apr 2016 at 11:49 pm

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young

Apr 2016 at 6:30 am

great, it worked well for me, but I didnt really get the hair painting to look so real. how do you do it?

    cartoonized.net

    Apr 2016 at 9:05 am

    Use the ‘poster edge’ filter instead of ‘photocopy’ filter.

    Basically here’s how you’d do that:

    1. create the outline layer just like the one mentioned in this tutorial (using photocopy filter).
    2. create another outline layer. this one using poster edge filter.
    3. erase all, except the hair, from the second outline.
    4. merge those two outline layers

      young

      Apr 2016 at 1:03 am

      thanks. you are great. but Im now having problems colouring the skin. Anytime I try to ‘create new filter or adjustment layer’. it creates the layer, then I fill with black colour, add clipping mask but when I add white colour, nothing happens. I noticed that it creates something different from whats in your screenshot after i ‘create new filter or adjustment layer’. what can i do to rectify that?

        cartoonized.net

        Apr 2016 at 3:07 pm

        After adding clipping mask and prior to adding white color, have you told the ants to march around rihanna? (please see step 12: On the ‘Layers Palette’, click on the ‘outline’ layer while holding (pressing) the Ctrl button. This will tell the ants to march around Rihanna. Oops, I mean, this will put a selection mark around Rihanna.)

        Did you see the selection mark around Rihanna on your work?

        If you didn’t see it, then that’s the culprit. 🙂

        On that step 12, click on the layer thumbnail, not on the layer text (the name of the layer).

young

Apr 2016 at 1:26 pm

ok thanks. ain’t gonna give up till i get a better result. thanks so much. might ask some more questions if i get any problems later

samfredis

Apr 2016 at 7:29 am

my cartoon is not so shine as I wish…any help

samfredis

Apr 2016 at 7:38 am

another main things is realistic cloth painting…anytime I clear outline in some cloth part, it is no more realistic again

    cartoonized.net

    Apr 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Still unrealistic after you put tint and shading to the cloths?

      samfredis

      Apr 2016 at 2:27 pm

      it is realistic but all the logo or text drawn on the shirt will not visible again when I eraze the outline from the part of the cloth

olaniyi

May 2016 at 2:13 am

please, what’s the settings for poster edge in getting realistic hair?

    cartoonized.net

    May 2016 at 6:50 am

    You can try this settings as a starting point:

    – edge thickness: 2
    – edge intensity: 2
    – posterization: 6

    and then don’t forget to turn the outline into solid black lines using threshold.

olatunde

May 2016 at 11:14 pm

after turning the outline of the photocopy into solid black lines using the threshold, will I still turn the outline of this poster edge into solid lines? also what is the blending mode of poster edges and should it be under the previous outline I.e that of photocopy

    cartoonized.net

    May 2016 at 5:12 am

    Yes, you have to ‘threshold’ the poster edge result.

    So in essence you have two outline layers here. The first outline layer is created using the photocopy filter. The second outline layer is created using poster edge filter.

    Both outline layers have ‘multiply’ blending mode.

    You can put the poster-edge-outline layer on top or below the photocopy-outline layer. It won’t make any difference because the blending mode of both layers are multiply.

    Don’t forget to erase all, except the hair, from the poster-edge-outline layer, and then merge those two layers.

young

May 2016 at 2:58 am

I have dots in my cartoon photo. how do remove it to have a smoother cartoon photo?

    cartoonized.net

    May 2016 at 5:19 am

    Use pencil tool with white as foreground color to ‘erase’ those black dots from outline layer.

    Zoom-in if necessary while erasing the unwanted black dots.

samfredis

May 2016 at 3:12 am

pick your eraser from the tools preset and erase unwanted part and make sure the outline is selected

    cartoonized.net

    May 2016 at 5:27 am

    I assume this is a respond for Young’s question. Thanks, Sam.

    Yes we can also use the erase tool to clean the unwanted part. Since the blending mode of the outline layer is multiply we won’t see the ‘holes’ made by the eraser tool on the outline layer.

olaniyi

May 2016 at 9:23 pm

another problem I’m facing is that I can’t paint over eye lens/glass I.e photos with eye shade, which I have seen some people do, with the photos been share here

    cartoonized.net

    May 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Create the eyeglasses layer just like other ‘coloring’ layers.
    Put this layer above the eyes and iris layer.
    Decrease the opacity of the layer to 40% or lower. That will do the trick.

      olaniyi

      May 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks it help, another problem am facing is painting of tiny necklace and some wears with designers such as tiny text, small logos etc…whenever I’m painting over this, it is not so realistic to see and read.

      also, painting of wristwatch… when checking the homepage of this site, scroll down and see a photographs with wristwatch, pls how did they paint this to be realistic.

samfredis

May 2016 at 10:59 pm

#Olaniyi, on that of tiny necklace, create new layer or create a new fill adjustment if u wanna change ur necklace colour at any time, then you have to zoom the picture and use pencil tools to draw around the necklace until you point to where you start, hold your Ctrl key + enter this will create a quick selection, now use white brush to paint over it….if the necklace design is too tidy, you can copy the necklace and paste and add a little effect.

on that of wristwatch, it is somehow hard me to paint because of the seconds line, I do mine in a copy and paste way.

above all, let admin come and highlight everything

senior .j.

Jun 2016 at 12:09 am

pls how can i get the pdf file of this tutoria?
And can it also work on photoshop cs6?

DjTunes

Jun 2016 at 11:08 am

Am through with all the tactics so how do i combine all the experiments to get my cartoon pix becuase is not showing yet

Balogun Ismail

Aug 2016 at 9:29 am

thanks… really grateful… my design was great… got it all at once

MICHAEL PETER

Aug 2016 at 10:05 pm

thanks helped so much GOD bless you

Gracey

Aug 2016 at 6:06 am

Don’t really understand the ctrl G after creating the clipping mask. Kindly explain more.

    cartoonized.net

    Aug 2016 at 11:55 am

    Sorry.
    The “ctrl-G” was meant as the shortcut to make a clipping mask (at least, that’s the shortcut in Photoshop CS).
    If you already created the clipping mask, no need to “ctrl-G”. 🙂

Agape

Aug 2017 at 6:37 am

Kudos!! Haven’t try it but it was the way I use to do it and I gain another new thing here
KEEP IT UP.

Chifine Godwin

Sep 2017 at 7:56 am

I’ve always wondered how people get very realistic cartoons with photoshop. Didn’t know it was this easy. Thanks for this tutorial, you really took your time to do this and I just learned how to cartoon with it. Great work here. Thank you 🙋

Noxy

Nov 2017 at 12:33 am

its cool but it needs time and patience

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