How to make photos look like a cartoon/comic book character

The easiest program I was told about was Comic Life for Macs (http://plasq.com/comiclife), but Apple’s Photobooth was also mentioned (although I didn’t try it).  I also was given a link to a how to for Photoshop (http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-popart.html) which looks like it is much higher quality than Comic Life but also much more work.

Comic Life let’s you use image filters to make the image look comic-y, but it doesn’t work well with all images.  It does let you put in speech bubbles and stuff, though, and it looks pretty good.

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13 Responses to “How to make photos look like a cartoon/comic book character”


  • Amazing… I was just thinking about this yesterday. When I was a child, my cousin gave me a book as a present. I don’t know where she got it, but it was a template that had been printed customized with my name and a few other details so that I was the hero of the story. The plot had something to do with aliens flying me to their planet because I was the only one smart enough to fix the giant candy and popcorn machines that fed their planet. (Or something like that.) I loved that book.

    Someone at work was presenting their face tracking research and it occurred to me that you could use his techniques to allow kids to star in their own comic books. The technology seems to be good enough to e.g. stick in a profile image where that’s appropriate. I’ve played with Photobooth, I think that’s what must have made me think of it.

  • hey do u know how i can make my pic look like a cartoon

  • Very nice. For how do you make a cartoon, I’d also recommend the site I just linked to. Pretty easy to use.

  • Hi, Jason. I tried your link (make-a-cartoon), it didnt work. Address not found. *sigh*
    Anyway, did anybody ever tried Cartoonized.net service? The cartoon photos sample displayed there are amazing. I like it very much. Much of them are of celebrities.
    They are offering photo cartoonization service. Not free. But very cheap. Something around 15 dollars (I forget it).
    Let me know if it is good enough to try. Thx

  • Hello, Jason. I tried your link (make-a-cartoon), it didnt work. Address not found. *sigh*
    Anyway, did anybody ever tried Cartoonized.net service? The cartoon photos sample displayed there are amazing. I like it very much. Much of them are of celebrities.
    They are offering photo cartoonization service. Not free. But very cheap. Something around 15 dollars (I forget it).
    Let me know if it is good enough to try. Thx

  • i do i make a layout and bring my pic inside to make a big pic that say comments

    like my best friends and me

  • I tried using the “liquify” filter in photoshop to characature my photo.. then i traced over the toop.. increased the contrast of the base photo and used the posterise filter. I then traced the shapes of the shadows which gave an ok result..

  • @simon:
    Hello Simon, now is the perfect time if you want to try http://cartoonized.net . *lol* They’re offering free cartoonization for 8 lucky photos. Check it yourself.

  • Thank you for the link to Melissa Clifton’s tutorial. It’s a good tutorial on creating a popart picture.

    @shikaa: I visited cartoonized.net but couldn’t find any free cartoonization info there. Can you give us the direct link to it?

    Anyway, while on cartoonized.net I found a tutorial, a very detailed tutorial, describing how to turn our photo into cartoon picture. My first attempt on it was quite good, for me at least. :-D
    If you are a photoshop-er, here’s the link:
    http://cartoonized.net/tutorial-turning-photograph-into-cartoon-part1.php

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