Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

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Step 15

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.


Step 17

Open the Model 2 image. Grab a Pen Tool and start tracing over her right leg. When you're done with it, turn the path into a selection, and paste it underneath the Dress layer. Using a Warp Transform, try to reshape it a bit.

Now add a new layer, and by using a soft-edged Brush, carefully paint under her skirt to create a shadow. Then clip the layer and lower the Opacity to 75%. Repeat the process for the other leg.


Step 18

This step is basically the main feature of this tutorial. Extract Model's face using a Pen Tool, and bring it to our main canvas. First, we need to neutralize the highlight areas on her face. To do that, duplicate the layer, and change the layer's Blending Mode to Multiply with 80% Opacity. Then add a Layer Mask and erase the other half of her face using a soft-edged brush. Lastly, apply a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer, reduce the saturation to -36, then merge the layers together.

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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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