FREE Photo Cartoon Converter

PhotoCartoon.net is a free online service that allows you to convert your photos into cartoons, paintings, drawings, caricatures and apply many other beautiful effects. Upload your photo, click on "Cartoonize" and choose the effect to apply to the image. Finally download and share it.
Choose effects type between: >> PHOTO CARTOON CONVERTER << and >> PHOTO FRAMES & EFFECTS <<

How to Convert Photo to Cartoon with PhotoShop

Converting a photo to Cartoon is a highly requested operation because it allows you to obtain very nice images (and also artistic) that people love to share on different social channels or send via Whatsapp to friends and relatives or use them as avatars of own web profiles. It is not difficult to transform a photograph into an apparently hand-drawn comic, and below we will see how to use PhotoShop for this operation. Photoshop is the industry's leading software and with it you can manipulate and edit a photo or image in every possible and imaginable way. Here are the steps to follow to convert photos to cartoon or comics with Photoshop.

How to Convert Photo to Cartoon with PhotoShop

Step 1: Open the photo in Photoshop

Open Photoshop on your computer and open the photo in it. We have used the following picture for this tutorial:

Step 2: Crop the photo

If you have the Photoshop CC version, go to the menu Select> Object to crop the photo. If you have an older version, start with the Quick Select tool and edit the crop using Select and Mask / Refine Edge (depending on Photoshop version). Use Command / Ctrl J to create a new layer from the selection and add a white background on a separate layer.

Step 3: Soften the image

Instead of using the Threshold function, first use Filter> Noise> Median to soften the picture. You can use a 4 pixel radius. Unlike Gaussian blur, this softens the photo while keeping the edges crisp.

Step 4: Add a threshold adjustment layer

Go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Threshold to add threshold adjustment. Now that the median filter has been applied, the effect is much more fluid. remove all color from the cropping layer using Image> Adjustments> Desaturation.

Step 5: Dodge & Burn

Since we are analyzing the Threshold setting down to the level below, we can modify the base level while we see the final effect. Use the Burn tool set to Highlight to darken the edges of the shirt, to give it a definition; hold Alt / Option to temporarily get the Dodge tool and use it to illuminate areas that are too dark as inside the glasses. Take your time on this step, referring to the original so that you can get the shape of the nose and other correct characteristics.

Step 6: Add color layer

Select a base level by holding down Command / Ctrl and clicking on its thumbnail in the Layers panel. Then create a new level by setting its mode to Multiply.

Step 7: Add color

Choose a skin color and use Option / Alt + Backspace to fill the selection with that color. Then deselect and use the / button to lock the transparency of this layer so you can't inadvertently paint on the edges.

Step 8: Paint the rest ...

Paint on the color layer using appropriate colors for mustache and hair, glasses and shirt. Paint the area of the teeth in pure white. So far it looks OK, but the Threshold filter produces uneven edges. We will fix it later.

Step 9: Optimize edges

Hide the color layer and use Command-Shift-Option + E / Ctrl-Shift-Alt + E to create a merged copy of the entire image. If you wish, you can reveal the color layer, but be sure to work on the newly created merged layer. Use Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur to soften the image.

Step 10: Sharpening

The softening of the edges predictably produces a blurred result. To solve this problem, open Layer> Adjustments> Levels and in the Input Levels section drag the white and black triangles towards the center. This narrows the blur, producing soft shapes. Don't drag them all the way to the center or you'll still get jagged edges.

Well, we're done. In these 10 steps you will have converted the photo into cartoon with excellent results.

PHOTO CARTOON SOFTWARE VERSION

Create unlimited HD photo effects with our powerful software for PC Windows

software

PhotoCartoon Download

Download Free Trial


PHOTO CARTOON EFFECTS

PhotoCartoon offers 50+ amazing photo cartoon effects ready to apply to your photos. Here are some examples:

Original Photo

original

Cartoon Effect

cartoon

Sketch Effect

sketch

Pencil Draw Effect

drawings

Painting Effect

painting

Vintage Effect

vintage

PHOTO FRAMES & EFFECTS

PhotoCartoon offers also 50+ amazing photo frames and effects for your pictures. Here are some examples:

Original Photo

original

Beautiful Frames

frames

Special Effects

special effects

Photo Montage

photo montage

Customized Background

background

Cluster Effect

cluster

FROM OUR BLOG

How to Cartoonize Photos with PhotoCartoon
If you have a beautiful photo that you want to make even more original and even more "fun" then you could think of transforming it into a real drawing (done in pencil) or a painting (Van Gogh style) or a cartoon!
There are several software, web-based services and applications that allow you to make this transformation, or rather "conversion" effectively and in just a few minutes. Some of these services / software are not free...

Read More >>
How to Convert Photo to Cartoon with PhotoShop
Converting a photo to Cartoon is a highly requested operation because it allows you to obtain very nice images (and also artistic) that people love to share on different social channels or send via Whatsapp to friends and relatives or use them as avatars of own web profiles.
It is not difficult to transform a photograph into an apparently hand-drawn comic, and below we will see how to use PhotoShop for this operation...

Read More >>
How to Convert Photo to Cartoon with GIMP
GIMP is another very popular photo editing software and which unlike Photoshop is also completely FREE (open-source).
It is possible to use this program to convert photos into cartoon using the "filters" already present in it.
To get a better conversion of the photos into cartons, however, we recommend a custom plugin created by us and that once installed in GIMP will allow you to cartoonize your photos and obtain very interesting results.

Read More >>