Photoshop: How to Transform a Photo into a Pop Art, Cartoon Effect!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform a photo
of a face into a pop art cartoon. This is an update of similar tutorials I’ve
done on earlier versions of Photoshop. This update is simpler and more stylized. Before we begin, if you’re not already a Subscriber
to Blue Lightning TV, click the small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right corner to let you
know as soon as I upload new Photoshop tutorials. Open a photo of a face that you’d like to
use for this project. I downloaded this one and the other one from Shutterstock. To ensure that your results will look similar to mine, let’s check your document’s size and resolution. Go to Image and Image Size. Make its resolution: 150 pixels per inch and
its width and height more or less within a couple hundred pixels of 1000. First, let’s separate our subject from its
background by making a selection around our subject. There are many ways to do this and I covered
them all in my tutorials. Once you have a selection around your subject,
click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection. Make a new layer below it by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer with white, but
first, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white, respectively, press
“D” on your keyboard. Since your background color is white, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. We’ll convert our visible image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, Shift-click the top layer t make
it active, as well, and click the icon at the upper, right corner of the Layers panel. Click “Convert to Smart Object”. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ J. Name the top layer, “Line Art” and the bottom layer, “Color”. Make the top layer active and go to Filter
and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click “Poster
Edges”. Make the “Edge Thickness”: 0, the “Edge Intensity:
5 and the “Posterization”: 6. Go to Image, Adjustments and “Threshold”. Make the Threshold Level: 80. Go to Filter, Stylize and “Oil Paint”. Make the Stylization: 5, the Cleanliness:
3, the Scale: 0.1 and the Bristle Detail: 0. Make sure “Lighting” is unchecked. We’ll give our line art more contrast, but
first, to save space in the Layers panel, let’s collapse the effects. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Levels”. We want to restrict the adjustment layer to
affect just the “Line Art” layer and not the “Color” layer, as well. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or
press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Make the Input Highlights: 160 and the Input
Shadows: 100. Make the “Line Art” layer active and change
its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Make the “Color” layer active and go to Filter,
Blur and “Surface Blur”. Make the Radius: 20 pixels and the Threshold: 10 levels. Go to back to Filter, Stylize and “Oil Paint”. We’ll keep the same settings as before and click OK. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. In the Artistic folder, click “Cutout”. Make the Number of Levels: 4, the Edge Simplicity:
4 and the Edge Fidelity: 2. Collapse the effects and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click “Hue ? Saturation” and clip it to the
Color layer. Increase the Saturation to 40. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again and
click, “Levels”. Then, clip it. Make the Shadow Output level: 40. Next, we’ll colorize the eyes. Make a new layer and name it, “Eyes”. Zoom into the eyes by pressing “z” on your
keyboard to open your Zoom Tool and drag it over the eyes. Open your Pencil Tool. If your foreground color is black, press “x”
to invert the colors, so white is your foreground color. Open the Pencil Picker. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make the Hardness and Opacity both 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To make your pencil point bigger or smaller,
make sure your CapsLock key is off press and the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Just like a coloring book, brush over the
areas of the eyes that you want to be white. It won’t affect the black lines, since the
black Line Art layer is above it in the Layers panel. To give the eyes a bit of dimension, we’ll
paint in light grey at their corners. Click the foreground color and pick a light grey color. Adjust the size of your Pencil if you need
to and brush over the corners of both eyes. We’ll change the color of the irises by clicking
the foreground color again and picking a color. Then, brush in the color inside the irises. Add white reflections on the pupils by pressing
“i” on your keyboard to open the eyedropper tool. Click the white of the eyes to pick up the white color. Press “B” to open back your Pencil Tool and
paint in the reflections. To fit the image back onto your canvas, press
Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Next, we’ll change the background from white
to a color. Double-click the Line Art layer to open its
source image. Press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag
it onto the tab of your cartoon document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, press and hold the Shift key as you drag the subject down. Then, release. Holding Shift kept your subject centered. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the layer mask to
make a selection of its shape. Now, that we have its selection, we can delete
the layer and its layer mask. Go to the layer and drag it to the trash. Go to Select, Modify and Contract. Contract the selection by 2 pixels. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
make the Color layer active. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection. We’ll create the background layer below the
Color Layer. To do this, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer icon. We’ll fill it with a color. Click your foreground color and pick a color
for your background. Since I already know the color I want, I’ll
paste into the hexadecimal field. To fill the empty layer with your new foreground
color, press Alt or Option + Delete. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. FabZ Videochannel March 27, 2019 at 8:56 am

    so anoying , i love those vids and make such things but i always fail cause i can not use oil Paint option , due to graphic card i believe

  2. Cornelia Briggs March 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    My oil paint option is unavailable can I improvise using something else?

  3. Mena Gbinije March 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    when i add the hue /saturation it makes my characters face the color of his shirt ….pls help

  4. its me Tala March 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    thank you… this is the best tutorial ever! ❤

  5. Spotlight April 1, 2019 at 5:27 am

    you deserve subscribe. thank you

  6. yash tribhuvan April 2, 2019 at 11:23 am

    i cant see the oil paint option
    its there but it is not working

  7. ozeï elrick April 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you so mutch but I had a lot of trouble with curly hair can you help

  8. sto ic April 2, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Best instructor on youtube. The pace is spot on. Thanks.

  9. Sad Art April 4, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    why is my threshhold isnt acctive?

  10. SRUSHTI GHADGE April 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Helpful video

  11. xMLHx Squad April 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Wish more people would make youtube videos like you you actually go step by step slowly

  12. Aldo Castillo April 5, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    You are the Master of Masterrrrssssss!!!

  13. Efizzy foods April 6, 2019 at 12:28 am


  14. OBG GAMEPLAY April 6, 2019 at 3:57 am

    can i get the link of video of cutting image from background

  15. Black Gameing April 7, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Why treshold is not working in my PS?? I'm a beginner!! Plz help!!

  16. Irvan Setya April 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Can I try this on Psd CS6? I mean, will my practice go well😅
    I have Psd CC 17 too, but I used cs6 frequently😬

  17. Happy Gamer April 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    bro. how to install the oil paint filter? please reply must.

  18. Ezer Santiago April 14, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Greetings from Puerto Rico, very good tutorial, I managed to do it by following you. In some steps I got a little confused, maybe it's the version of the Photoshop that I'm using (CS6), some steps did not match, but I managed to do it. I still watch your tutorials, thanks.

  19. TheYanDer Play April 17, 2019 at 6:28 am


  20. Jay DoubleBoo April 18, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Well done!

  21. Sajan Kumar April 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    When i go to threshold it's not working. Can anyone help?

  22. Mitch Hernandez April 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    After the first filter of poster edges, next step is threshold right? But when I go to image-adjustment- threshold can’t be clicked. Only shadows/highlights, hdr toning and variations are open 🙁

  23. Hajar Mahmoud April 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    thanks for this tutorial , but i`ve tried not to convert to smart object but i can`t add oil paint filter

  24. Iván Guth April 22, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Thank you Martin from Hungary!

  25. Jasmin Tabamo April 24, 2019 at 7:10 am

    why i cant use threshold?

  26. Latoya Cunningham April 27, 2019 at 3:47 am

    so the drag part at the end is not working for me at all its been 2 hours!

  27. Biki Das April 28, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    dont have the oil paint option 🙁

  28. Malaika Asif April 30, 2019 at 10:16 am


  29. dey Dea25176 May 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Thank you! This is the best tutorial!!!!….

  30. dey Dea25176 May 3, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Aku adalah penggemarmu mulai malam ini!

  31. 2.MooNS May 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    probably the best photoshop tutorial i've ever seen, not too slow, not too fast and goes step by step with every detail

  32. Jannet Vergel de Dios May 4, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I'm wondering why I have no option for oil paint 🙁

  33. Valian Dan May 7, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I couldn’t activate the option of ( oli paint) even though I followed the same steps

  34. TheIckeyShuffle May 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    For some reason I can’t click on oil paint

  35. Naufal Musyaffa May 11, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Thank you! hope you upload more tutorial, it's easy to follow

  36. Hayden N Elijah May 12, 2019 at 1:51 am

    i juat lost it all when i changed the background uhh wtf but good work for some reason my thing was green so i must of done something wrong

  37. Kiey May 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Very nice!

  38. Brolio May 14, 2019 at 12:41 am

    This does not work on black people. You gotta change some setting a bit.

  39. manish thapa May 14, 2019 at 9:59 am

    nice tutorial

  40. Daniël May 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    you're explanation is so clear and makes it so much easier than those annoying speed ups or something, love you man

  41. Ved Rai May 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you..'twas amazeee !

  42. Ahmed Nagi May 17, 2019 at 11:24 am

    after making Levels to 80 ( oil paint is not active so i can choose ) , what is the wrong please

  43. Finlay Pakyntein May 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

    i cant threshold image after adding poster edges filter..

  44. 📸🎥Let me see it📸🎥 May 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Any reason why my filter gallery option is grayed out?

  45. Luke Burton May 20, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    after posterizing the threshold option is greyed out?

  46. Omkar designs May 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    A very nice explaination in tutorial thanks.

  47. Kristian Ivan Ruinata May 22, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Simple and Amazing Teacher! love it

  48. Amie manneh May 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial but I’m a black girl and I don’t think some of the settings are for me. My picture came out very different, what do you suggest?

  49. Splinter Cell May 24, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I follow the steps but when i get to the point "Image-> Abjustments-> Threshold" something goes wrong. Threshold is not active to click.
    What am I doing wrong??? Could you, please, help me?

  50. Saptarshi Bhattacharjee May 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Why can't I select threshold?

  51. yak kos May 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Hey you are art

  52. yak kos May 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Love you

  53. Ken Viovicente May 29, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Outstanding tutorial very detail and yet direct to the point. Thank you @Blue Lighting TV Photoshop!

  54. Osman Awan May 29, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Here is not an oil filter 😭😭

  55. keepit10k TV May 30, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    I can’t go to oil paint

  56. vignesh T June 2, 2019 at 3:28 am

    l like it #cartoon effect 😗👌👌

  57. Pasindu Hasanga June 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    bro my oil paint filter is not working

  58. Mother's Milk June 10, 2019 at 9:23 am

    please i want the link tutorial of separating the image from the background

  59. Vic J June 10, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Very nice tutorial! I like it, but I have a problem: The Oil Paint is unavailable, I mean, I can't use it and I don't know what to do. I use Photoshop CC 2018

  60. Arun Smart June 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Threshold is not working in smart object…. What I have to do

  61. حبر القلم June 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    You'r the best

  62. Mitchell Kopnick June 16, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Hey Marty… Love love love your stuff! Having watched a tutorial once or twice and seen the effects, is there anywhere where the steps are written down "cook book" style for future reference?

  63. Natasha zaman June 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    please help me when u made a laer and named it line art then applied filter to it after that when i try to open adjustments the smart object is not editble directly then how you are applying threshold to it?

  64. Sumaiya Hossain June 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    i use photoshop Cs6 and here, there's no oil paint

  65. Pluto Kuluk June 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I feel like learning with private detail..thank a lot

  66. Noobmaster69 June 24, 2019 at 2:51 am

    not a single ad skipped… Thank You

  67. Majedul Islam June 25, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Daammmm….You are Amazing dude..Thanks a lot

  68. Jeric Ala June 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Why can't select threshold in the adjustment?

  69. Majedul Islam June 26, 2019 at 5:44 am

    hey man …why i canot use oil paint…???

  70. Liliana Ramirez June 27, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    When it comes to the Filter-stylize-oil paint option it does not allow me to continue, that filter does not appear. How can I do ?

  71. sadiq maaz June 27, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    can't use oil paint feature in cs6 , plz help

  72. Aditya Dube June 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Not getting threshold option after applying poster edges filter 2:35

  73. Wilson Filho July 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm


  74. Artist Sadaf Shah July 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Superb Today i'll try this 🙂 thank you 🙂

  75. Pravin Jadhav July 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    the step after 2:41 go to image – adjustments – threshold, can't be done the threshold is not active. I've selected 'Line Art' Layer… please guide.

  76. Hisham Mudhish July 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Oil paint filter is disabled in mine

  77. Zainap baraket July 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    i don't have oil print 🙁 what should i do

  78. Taylor Tribe July 11, 2019 at 7:18 am

    You're the best! Thank you for a wonderful tutorial as always! 🙂

  79. Петя Петрова July 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Please help me. When i go to Filter- Stylize- Oil paint… my Oil paint is not active, Why is that?

  80. Ursula Buford July 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you

  81. Arief Fitri03 July 29, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Wait why i can treshold the image???? The treshold has unactived

  82. Arooba Naveed July 30, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    My oil pastel doesnt work is there anything else i can do pls help

  83. abderrahim be ambitious July 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    thank you so much Mr

  84. enialle ecyoj August 1, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Why is threshold grayed out on my cs6? I'm stuck

  85. New Life August 5, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you sir it helped me alot

  86. Ali Fayruz August 8, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Hi Marty and thank you for the valuable lessons

    I couldn't do this example because the "Threshold" become invisible after I change the image into smart object. I'm using older version of Photoshop is there is a way that I can do it please? thanks

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  88. Jason N August 10, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    This was great! thank you!

  89. i aM huSSain August 11, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Great tutorial, Sir.
    Thank you so much.

    ❤️Love and Respect from India.

  90. Natalija Marjanovic August 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Why can't I put Oil Paint filter? Only that one is disabled to me

  91. salah ashara August 19, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Great.Thanks for your efforts

  92. Art Teacher August 19, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    really amazing ..thanks a lot greetings from PAKISTAN

  93. Eden Sanchez August 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Sir…. Why i cant click treshold after selected poster edge filter

  94. Aphrodite Lee August 21, 2019 at 4:47 am

    can't wait to try this!

  95. Osman Awan August 23, 2019 at 11:27 am

    why my filter galary isn't enable ?

  96. Osman Awan August 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    now thershold is not working

  97. Neri Petrikov August 27, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I follow the same steps but I can't do the "Threshold" thing… It's unclickable. What should I do?

  98. Trupak Beats August 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Absolutly the BEST Photoshop channel on Youtube !!

  99. نصائح اليوم August 30, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Liens demander photoshop

  100. garry waters August 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    is there a way i can do this without using the oil paint feature

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