Pop Art Tutorial in Photoshop

Here's a quick and easy way to create a fantastic pop art from a photo.This is an
alternative to the more complicated method of using the pen tool, image adjustment,
clipping masks, and others.

The process we're going through make you realize it's not really that hard to make
a pop art afterall, which were popularized by Warhohl and Lichtenstein.

1. PREPARING THE CANVASS
Open photo in Photoshop. Duplicate this twice, thus creating 3 layers, namely,
Background, Background Copy, and Background Copy 2. Crop photo if needed. In this
tutorial the image is reduced to 684x745 pixels from its original size.
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2. CREATING THE POP ART 
There are 3 main applications used here : Filters,Blending Option, and Color 
Balancing.

First, we have to turn off the uppermost layer (Background copy 2), then
proceed by activating the middle layer (Background copy) which we are going
to work with.
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Next, we are going to posterize the photo and, to do this, go to Filter>
Filter Gallery>Artistic>Poster Edges... Apply default values in the
dialog box that appears.
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Here's the the result of the application above:
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Now that we're through posterizing the photo, we'll make a border of the 
photo. To do this, click the fx icon located below your layers palette and 
select Blending Options.. 

In the dialog box that appears, click Stroke and provide the values and 
settings as shown below.
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Note that the color selected is white for the above photo. Just
click the square box provided to go to the Color Picker (below).

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A border was created as a result as shown below.
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Done with the border, we'll create a glow of it by selecting Inner Glow (still
with Blending Options).

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Below photo has now a white border with gray inner glow.
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Below shows the application of Color Balance and its result. Just click that
small circle divided with black and white in your layers palette to prompt
you to the color balance properties (RGB color adjustment).

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6b.JPG

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3. FINALIZING THE RESULT
Applying Halftone Color and the right blending mode creates our final image
result we're expecting - a pop art work!

First, activate Background copy 2. Now, go to Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone,
then set the radius to 5.

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Our photo will look like this...a halftone photo effect.

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Finally, set the mode to Soft Light..

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And the expected result!

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