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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo of a Face into a Comic-style, Ink Portrait

August 30, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform a
photo of someone into a comic-style, ink portrait. Open a photo of a face that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. We’ll convert it into a Smart Object, so we
can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper’ right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. To ensure that your results will similar to
mine, let’s adjust its size and resolution. Go to Image and Image Size. Make its Resolution: 150 pixels per inch and
its Height: 1000 pixels. Its Width can be any amount. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Next, we’ll separate your subject from its
background by making a selection around your subject. There are many ways to do this and your choice
should depend on the characteristics of your photo. For this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool. If you’re using this tool as well, I generally
find that a radius of 5 to 15 pixels works fine. Drag your tool over your subject. To delete areas outside your subject, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag your tool over those area. To check your selection, press “q” on your
keyboard to convert it into a quick mask. Press “q” again to revert it back into a selection. For this particular effect, the selection
doesn’t have to show the soft, wispy edges of hair, so we won’t use Refine Edge or Select and Mask. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection. Think of layer masks as stencils. Black will hide areas of the layer and white reveals areas. Make a new layer below the active layer 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 white is your background color, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to fill the active layer with white. Make a composite snapshot of your image by
making the top layer active and pressing Ctrl +Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift
+ Option + E on a Mac. We’ll create a duplicate file of this composite
snapshot and use it for a displacement map. Displacement maps essentially warp textures
or patterns around the contours of complex images. Click the icon at the upper, right and click
“Duplicate Layer”. Click “New” and type in “Displacement”. Then, click OK. Remove all its color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Since displacement maps generally look better
when they’re a bit blurred, go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 3 pixels. Go to File and Save As. Save it to your Desktop as a Photoshop PSD file. Then, click “Save”. If you see this message, just click OK. Then, close the tab of the displacement file. We’ll convert our composite snapshot into
a Smart Object, in case we want to modify the filter that we’ll be adding to it next. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Sketch folder and click “Photocopy”. I’ll make the Detail:17 and the Darkness:5,
however, feel free to adjust these amounts. Click the eyeball icon next to the subject to hide the layer. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill it with 50% gray. To do this, press Shift + the F5 key at the
top of your keyboard to open the Fill window. Or you can go to Edit and Fill. Open the Contents list and click “50% Gray”. Then, click OK. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. This time, click “Halftone Pattern”. Make the Pattern Type: “Line”, the Size: 1
and the Contrast: 50. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Make the Horizontal Scale: 0, the Vertical
Scale: 50, Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels. Click the “Displacement” PSD file and click “Open”. Immediately, the horizontal lines wrapped
itself around the contours of your subject. Don’t be concerned about the empty areas at
the top and bottom. We’ll take care of them later. Change its blend mode to “Color Burn”. To make the outer black edge that surrounds
your subject a bit thinner, drag the layer mask next to the black and white layer of
your subject and click the layer mask to make it active. Click the “fx” icon and click “Stroke”. Make the color: white, the Size: 2 pixels
and the Position: Inside. As I toggle before and after you can see the difference. Next, we’ll create a starburst shape behind our subject. First, make a new layer below the active layer
by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. Open your Polygon Tool and choose Shape. If your using a Photoshop version earlier
than CS6, the Shape icon is here. Make the Fill color: black and make sure the
Stroke is empty, which is designated by this icon. Make the number of sides: 99 and cick the gear icon. Check Star and indent the sides by 95%. Go to the center of the face and drag out
the shape past the edges of your document. To hide the paths, press Ctrl or Cmd + H.
Next, we’ll make the starburst into subtle dashes. Make the top layer active and make a copy
of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Drag the copy down and place it above the starburst layer. Change its Blend Mode to “Color Dodge”. Next, we’ll add a white border or stroke around
your subject. If you’re working on version CC 2014 or later,
scroll to the top and double-click the word, “Effects” to open it in the Layers panel. If you’re using a version earlier than CC
2014, I’ll show you a work-around in a minute. Click the plus icon next to Stroke. Make the Position: Outside and the Size: 10 pixels. For earlier versions, make the black and white
layer of your subject into a Smart Object and double-click an empty area of the layer to
open the Layer Style window. Click Stroke and as before, make the Position:
Outside and the Size: 10 pixels. Lastly, we’ll place our image into a simple,
comic-style panel. Double-click the top layer to open its Layer Style window. Click Inner Glow. The color is black, the Blend Mode is Normal
and the Source is Edge. The Choke is 100% and the Size is 51%. This creates a thick, black border. Click “Stroke”. The color is white, the Position is Inside
and the Size is 53 pixels. This is Marty from Blue Lighting TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Cabdi Salaam March 13, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Thanks my fareand

  • Reply salem.fotografy March 13, 2017 at 2:44 am

    that's amazing Marty, thank you so much for sharing:) i'm super curious how do you figure out these tricks !

  • Reply paul Cuddle March 13, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Thank you sir!

  • Reply Basavaraju Cat March 13, 2017 at 3:21 am

    wow easy to understand this channel sir

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  • Reply Art Photo March 13, 2017 at 6:03 am

    This amazing … thank you !!

  • Reply Abhinn Acoustician March 13, 2017 at 7:47 am

    you're a GOAT- Greatest Of All Time

  • Reply Dj-TonyMix Mundo March 13, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Awesome 👏Job Thank you Marty

  • Reply Jenaro Canalejo Arjona March 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Very nice tutorial Marty, thanks.

  • Reply Nicole Ali March 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks marty you really make things easier to me

  • Reply eleonoramaria March 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Very helpful tutorial . Thanks 🙂

  • Reply orhan kağan March 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    you are smart man marty thank you very much!

  • Reply Buljongmannen March 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    This is so incredible!

  • Reply Qamar Sayed March 14, 2017 at 1:32 am

    very nice sir i love you ……

  • Reply LeonTheLegendary18 March 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You are an inspiration to us all Mr. Marty

  • Reply Luis Alfaro March 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    When I use the filter photocopy mi photo gets dark, what i am doing wrong?

  • Reply Ian Murray March 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Marty, yet another great tutorial, but can I ask about the Blue Lightning web page. I've stumbled across quite a few excellent tutorials whilst just browsing the web, but find it really difficult to wade through the Blue Lightning page because there are so many tutorials there, so I don't know how many clever tricks I'm missing out on. Is there any way that I can do a mini sift to break the hundreds into smaller groups covering similar areas.

  • Reply Oriental Melodies 2010 March 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I should congratulate you for those excellent Photoshop tutorials, they are so beneficial. In the meantime, I would like to know which zooming tool are you using for your tutorials to make things larger in size instantly and then zoom out to normal. Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Reply STH 2018 March 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I congratulate you with these photoshop tutorials.
    My request is how about a T Shirt design tutorial?

  • Reply Hamza Yameen Abbasi March 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I love you buddy keep it up <3

  • Reply vicfromvic March 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    i love love love love these tutorials. thank you for stepping through each move in such detail

  • Reply Devilchild Rekerdz April 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    thanks for this tutorial this is going to help me very much for my project in school a lot easier

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