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How Do You Make a Comic Effect in Photoshop?

Last updated on January 26, 2023 @ 10:32 am

Whether you’re creating an advertisement, a webcomic, or just a fun image to share with friends, giving your photo a comic effect is a great way to add some personality. Photoshop has a number of built-in filters and tools that make it easy to turn a regular photo into a comic book image. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a comic effect in Photoshop.

First, open your image in Photoshop. If you want to keep the original image intact, duplicate the layer by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. This will create a copy of the layer that you can work on without affecting the original image.

Next, go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges. This filter will accentuate the edges in your image and make them appear more defined. Play around with the settings until you get an effect that you like.

Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. This will bring up the Levels dialog box. Move the middle slider to the left to darken the image, then click OK.

Next, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. This will bring up the Hue/Saturation dialog box.

Drag the Saturation slider all the way to the left to desaturate the image. Click OK

(Optional): If you want to add color back into your image, you can do so by creating new adjustment layers for each color that you want to add. To do this, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Solid Color.

This will bring up the Solid Color dialog box. Choose the color that you want to add, then click OK.

(Optional): If you want to add a background image, go to File > Place Embedded. Choose the image that you want to use as your background, then click Place.

(Optional): If you want to change the size of your canvas, go to Image > Canvas Size.

(Optional): To add text to your image, go to Layer > Type > Horizontal Type.

After following all these steps, your image should now have a comic book effect! By playing around with different settings and options, you can create a variety of different looks. So have fun and experiment until you find an effect that you like!

PRO TIP: This article is about how to make a comic effect in Photoshop. It is not a tutorial. If you are not familiar with Photoshop, please do not attempt to follow the instructions in this article.
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