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Create Comic Book Art with Photoshop

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Turn a Photo into Comic Book Art in the Style of Roy Lichtenstein
Comic Book Effect in the Style of Roy Lichtenstein

Comic Book Effect in the Style of Roy Lichtenstein

Text and images © Sandra Trainor

In this tutorial, I will use Photoshop to transform a photograph into comic book art in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. I'll work with Levels and Filters, choose a color from the Color Picker and have it fill a selected area, plus work with the Quick Selection tool, Rectangle tool, Ellipse tool, Clone Stamp tool and Brush tool. I'll also create a custom pattern that mimics Benday dots, which are the small dots sometimes seen in older comic books due to the printing process used. And, I'll create a narrative box and speech bubble, which are the graphics that hold dialogue.

Although I'm using Photoshop CS6 for the screen shots in this tutorial, you should be able to follow along with any fairly recent version. To follow along, right click on the below link to save a practice file to your computer, then open the file in Photoshop. Choose File > Save As, and in the dialog box type in a new name, choose the folder you want to keep the file in, choose Photoshop for the format, and click Save.

Download Practice File: ST_comic_practice_file.png

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