Convert Any Image Into Cartoon With Photoshop

Thursday, March 06, 2008 | , with 5 comments »

Converting images into cartoons or giving a cartoon effect to any image was never more simple. With the Photoshop built in Filter tools it can be well done in a few easy steps. Here's how to do it.

I have always wanted to create cartoons of celebrities and it was really exciting to find out how easy it was with just some small built in tricks with Photoshop. In this tutorial I'll be converting an Angelina Jolie image into a cartoon that looks exactly like her.

Firstly, I chose the following image to be converted.

Angelina Jolie

Step 1: Open the image in Photoshop. I am using version CS3. Now go to menu bar. Select Image>>Mode>>RGB Color and click on it if it's not already ticked.

Step 2: Next create a duplicate layer from Layer>>Duplicate Layer and give it a new name. This new layer would be the one we'll be working with.

Step 3: Now to give the primary effects, we need to use the Poster Edges filter. This can be done from Filter>>Artistic>>Poster Edges.

Step 4: Go to Images>>Adjustments>>Brightness/Contrast from the menu bar and select the Brightness Value as 10 and Contrast Value as 30. At this stage the image would look like the one below.

Angelina Jolie

Step 5: Now to finally finish it off we would be applying the Artistic Cut-Out Filter effect. This can be done from Filter>>Artistic>>Cut Out menu.

And with that we are done. The new cartoon image of Angelina Jolie would look like the one below.

Angelina Jolie

Go ahead and make some cool cartoons from your favorite images.


  1. Anonymous // April 29, 2009 at 6:14 AM  

    Cool way to add a kick to your pics or images!!

  2. Anonymous // April 29, 2009 at 6:15 AM  

    Sam Caldwell

  3. Unknown // December 22, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

    I can't get the same result on the last step, using the cut-out filter, even if I take your second photo and apply the filter. What settings did you use? Was there something else done to get the final result?

  4. Unknown // January 7, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

    I can't make the same effect either (CS4). It would have been nice if you had included the actual values you used for the settings.

  5. Wendy // March 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

    cool effects. thanx for it. :)