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. 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. 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. Here's the the result of the application above: 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. Note that the color selected is white for the above photo. Just click the square box provided to go to the Color Picker (below). A border was created as a result as shown below. Done with the border, we'll create a glow of it by selecting Inner Glow (still with Blending Options). Below photo has now a white border with gray inner glow. 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). 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. Our photo will look like this...a halftone photo effect. Finally, set the mode to Soft Light.. And the expected result!
Converting a normal (RGB or Grayscale) photo into a Bitmap (halftone) image is very interesting and gives a unique and dramatic effect. Unknown to many, halftone is a popular form of digital art which can be seen in comic books, magazines, newspapers, and other media. It is characterized by dotted figures basically in black and white and gray. This tutorial is largely inspired by the works of Roy Lichtenstein, a famous pop artist.
The following guides you through a 3-step instruction to achieve the expected result which can be done so easily, even a newbie find it a ‘no sweat’ stuff.
Photo used here is Scarlett Johansson.
Next, convert grayscale into bitmap (Image>Mode>Bitmap…).Under Bitmap, you may select the default values and press Ok.
Enter a lower value if you want the effect bigger and higher if smaller (dot distribution). Voila, you have your halftone effect!
Note: Before you can proceed to the next step, convert back the image into grayscale, then to RGB.
This is the result: