Photo Manipulation

Comic Book Effect

Create an exciting comic out of photos and filter effects. This tutorial will teach you how turn a normal highway photo into an intense action scene.


Comic Book Effect Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1

Open an image of a city like this one. The original photograph is a photo taken on the highway of Austria during a vacation.

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Step 2

Duplicate the background layer then rename this layer to “Original”. Use the Magic Wand tool to create a selection of the blue sky then press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selected area into a new layer. Name this new layer “Sky”.

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Step 3

Now select the Original layer and put an effect over it called Poster Edges. Take over the number or play with it to try you own style.

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Step 4

Then select the Original layer then choose Filter > Poster edges > 10,10,6. Don’t mind the blue sky area in this layer, we have a clean blue sky in the Sky layer.

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See? The Sky layer is above the Original layer so the Original layer has the filter effect.

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Step 5

I want to break up the highway so i need some rocky land with a lot of big stones. I used a photograph from the high mountains in Norway. I took this photo while i was hiking the famous Preikestølen. I took the half of the photograph and copied it to the other side, like a mirror reflection.

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I pasted this on a new layer then distorted it (Edit > Transform > Distort) it a little to fit correctly in the perspective of the photograph.

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The erase all the unnecessary parts of the rocks. Use the Eraser tool (E).

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Step 6

Choose Filter > Artistic > Cutout. I used these settings, but feel free to use your own.

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I also did a little color correction with the Color Balance tool (Image > Adjustments > Color Balance).11


Step 7

Select the Original layer then use the Pen tool (P) to trace some pavement of the highway. Right mouse on your Pen tool path choose ‘Make Selection’.

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Cut the selection out and paste it on it’s own layer. Then transform the piece (Edit >Transform > Distort/Perspective) to your own idea. Turn it, Scale it.. then when you are satisfied select the layer of this piece, hold Alt and push arrow Up. Do this maybe a dozen times, till you get a great piece of broken asphalt. When you are satisfied, select all the asphalt layers and merge them together. See example:

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Step 8

Take your Brush tool (B) and draw edges on the piece of asphalt. Use Shift to make straight lines from point to point! Take a dark color, like black or dark grey.

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I repeated those steps several times with big and smaller pieces. Play around with it! Make your own creation! And this is the end result of the debris:

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Step 9

I cut out a car from another photograph then pasted this into the project. Give the car the same filter effects (Filter > Artistic > Poster edges) then use the Cutout filter (Filter > Artistic > Cutout) to create a cartoonish look. Play with these settings to your liking. You can find more filters under the Filter > Artistic menu.

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Choose Edit > Transform > Distort then manipulate the car so that it fits on the highway lane with the correct perspective.

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Don’t forget to use the Warp tool (Edit > Transform > Warp) if needed.19


Step 10

Add a text layer into the project and put in “VRRRROEMM”. Choose Layer > Rasterize > Type then use the Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Transform) to distort the text to your liking. Go to blending options then choose gradient. (Right click on layer then choose blending options).

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