Part 2 – Coloring the Skin
This is part 2 of tutorial on turning photograph into cartoon-style picture. (If you haven’t done so, please read the first part of the tutorial).
On the first part of the tutorial, we have made the outline of the cartoon photo. Here’s what we got so far:
By the end of part 2 of the tutorial, we will have something like this:
Step 4: Coloring the Skin
Our next step is coloring the skin.
1. Select the ‘outline’ layer. Press Ctrl-J to duplicate the layer (or drag and drop it to the ‘create a new layer’ button). Rename the new layer to ‘white’.
2. Let’s make this layer pure white.
Choose menu: Image :: Adjustments :: Brightnness/Contrast…
Move the ‘Brightness’ slider all the way to the right (+100) and the ‘Contrast’ slider all the way to the left (-100).
Now we have something like this:
Note: If you cannot get a pure white layer using the above method, try this alternative:
Choose menu: Image :: Adjustments :: Levels
Set the ‘Output Levels’ to 255 and 255.
3. Drag the ‘white’ layer below the ‘outline’ layer.
4. Change the blending mode of ‘outline’ layer to ‘Multiply’.
5. Press ‘d’ to set the foreground color to black and background color to white.
6. On the Layers Palette, select the ‘white’ layer.
7. Click the ‘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.
On the ‘Color Picker’, pick a creamy brown color. This color will be used for the skin color. (I picked #FAD594 for the skin. You don’t need to be too picky here. We can change the color easily later whenever we need to).
8. Now we have something like this.
9. Choose ‘Paint Bucket Tool’ . Click on the canvas to fill skin’s layer mask with black color.
10. Rename our new layer to ‘skin’.
And now we have something like this.
11. Create a clipping mask between ‘skin’ layer and ‘white’ layer. Press Ctrl + G while the ‘skin’ layer is still selected.
Note: for those who use Adobe Photoshop CS3, press Ctrl + Alt + G here instead of Ctrl + G.
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.
for those who use Adobe Photoshop CS3, make sure you click on the Layer Thumbnail instead of on the layer’s name
13. Press ‘x’ to switch foreground and background color.
14. Choose ‘Paint Bucket’ tool, click inside the selection on the canvas to fill it with white.
15. Press Ctrl + D to deselect the selection area.
And we’re done coloring the skin.
Here’s what we got so far:
On the next part of the tutorial, we will apply some shading to the picture to give it depth.
Go on to the next part of the tutorial.