Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork
Add a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the Shadows to 10 and Midtones to 1.58. Lastly, In the Layers panel, right click the Wood texture layer and select Copy Layer Style, then right-click Bevel layer and select Paste Layer Style. This should apply the same Wood's Color Overlay effect to the Bevel layer.

Step 12

Open the Wood texture image once again and select a part of the texture and paste it to our main canvas. Copy the Layer Style from the Wood Texture layer, then add a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the setting as shown in the image below. Now create a new layer, grab a Gradient Tool and using a linear black to transparent gradient, draw a small gradient from the very top to the middle of the texture. Then group all the layers and name it "Floor".

Step 13

OK, we're done with the floor. Let's switch to adding Curtain now. Firstly, place the Curtain image into our main canvas, resized it to about 400%, and using a Pen Tool, start tracing over the part of the image we need. When you're satisfied with your selection, right-click on the path, choose Make Selection and use the Layer Mask to mask off the part of the Curtain we don't need. The first thing that strikes me is that the image is way too dark and a bit underexposed. So, using a Levels Adjustment Layer, set the settings as shown below to brighten up the image. We also need to add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and reduce the Saturation to -27 to soften the color. Make sure the adjustment layers are clipped to the Curtain layer.

Step 14

Let's now add a shadow below the curtain. The first shadow layer will be the softer one and we'll cast it a little bit further from the curtain. Add a new layer and put it underneath the Curtain layer. Now grab a Brush Tool with the size around 400 px and start painting. Then go to Filter > Gaussian Blur and set the Amount around 100 px. Now time to add a deep shadow and stick closer to the wall. Add a new layer, set the brush size to 80 px and Hardness to 0%. See the 2nd image below. Red arrows indicate where to put a strong shading. When you're done painting, set the layer's Opacity to 36%. Repeat the process to the other Curtain.

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Alright, enough with the background, now time to put on the main character. Open the Model 1 image, and what we need to do is to extract the dress from the background. Using the Pen Tool, draw a path around the Model. You can skip the head of the model as we will replace it with another image later. After you're done, turn the path into a selection and hit Ctrl+Shift+I to inverse the selection, then hit Delete. Press Ctrl+T to enter the Free Transform Mode. We need to resize and squeeze down the image to make it more suitable for this caricature idea. With the transformation mode still active, right-click and choose Warp to distort its shape a bit.

Step 16

Now we're going to adjust the tone of the dress to blend with the background. First, add a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the setting as below. Also reduce the Saturation to -23 using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Add a Color Overlay Layer Style with the color of #ffd200, set the Blend Mode to Color, and Opacity to 12 %. Next, we need to decrease the highlight of the dress. Duplicate the Dress layer and the adjustment layers, then merge it together. Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer's thumbnail to load a selection. Then go to Select > Modify > Contract, and set the Amount to 6 px. Again, go to Select > Modify > Feather, set the Radius to 5 px, and hit Delete. Set the layer's Blending Mode to Multiply.

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12 comments on “Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork”

  1. Hello, your tutorial sucks. It gives no context to what I am actually doing, and it just expects me to know things not explained. I don't care about what you are going to say to this because my opinion is already formed that this tutorial is no good.

    1. 1. Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer).
      2. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Press Shift+M until the icon in the toolbar turns into a circular marquee).
      3. Go to Select > Modify > Feature. Set the Radius to 150px.
      4. Go to Select > Modify > Inverse.
      5. Press Shift+Backspace. Set the contents to black.
      6. Lower the current layer's opacity to 21%.
      7. Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl+J (Cmd+J on Macs).
      8. Go to Edit > Transform > Scale. Scale it up by around 137% or larger.
      9. Lower the current layer's opacity to 41%.

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