The next lesson we’ll try creating a striking artwork, in the pop-art style, made on the comics’ subject. Using the Photoshop standard filters, try to imitate a pop – art work out of a usual picture.



The ideal version reserved for the primary layer may be considered a portrait containing a small quantity of details. The most well turned works can be, especially, those made out of interesting bright colored pictures. I used this image: Smiling happy woman from stock.xchng.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the Photoshop CS3 standard filters

Open the Layers’ Palette by pressing F7 button (Window > Layers). Make a copy of the background’s layer, dragging it on the Create a New Layer icon, placed on the bottom part of the Layer’s Palette. Next you should activate the layer containing the background’s copy.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

Choose then in the menu the next selection: Filter > Artistic > Cut Out.
Move those three sliders’ controls on the left side and after that start increasing the value of the Edge Simplicity parameter. The upper it is, the sketchy the picture looks on. We’ve marked the last mentioned parameter on the value 4. Move then the slider Edge Fidelity until there will be seen the eyes and the mouse. Inserting more color is possible by moving the slider Number of Levels on the right side. We’ve stopped on the 8th position – so we’ve got the colors of the hair and lipstick more evident. The Edge Fidelity value should be positioned on the 2st one, unless we’ll get only a contour’s image made in the style of 80th.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters


So we’ve simplified the portrait till getting an illustration where all the elements are filled with solid color and it’s time to start representing the dots. Make a copy of the recent processed layer, dragging its thumbnail on the icon named Create a New Layer. Press D button to switch foreground and background colors by default.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

Select after that in the menu the option Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern. Mark the Pattern Type as a Dot. The Size slider should be moved on the right side, just to increase the dots’ size. Their quantity in the lights and shadows may be corrected with the Contrast slider. Press finally OK button.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

We’ve got a black and white picture. Combining both layers’ effects may be possible by changing the Blending mode on the upper layer on Overlay one.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

The monochrome dots got the colors of the lowest layer. If the picture seems to be very abstract, make a copy of the original layer on the Layers Palette and place it above the rest of the layers on the Layers’ palette. Reduce the level of the copy’s Opacity just to mix the original picture with the stylized one.

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

creating a striking artwork in the pop-art style using the
Photoshop CS3 standard filters

Experiment On!