Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork
While the selection still active, go to Layer Panel, add Adjustment Layer and choose Solid Color. Set the color to #22adcb, change the layer's Blending Mode to Color and reduce the Opacity to 19%.
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OK, this is getting even more fun now. Bring the Marionette image to our canvas, extract it using a Pen Tool and mask it off using a Layer Mask. Then, add a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the setting as shown below. Also add a Color Overlay Layer Style with the color set to #ffd200 and the Opacity to 15% to match its color with the scene. Now grab a Burn Tool, set the Range to Shadow and Exposure to 20 % and start painting over the darker areas to enhance the contrast. Now we're going to create strings for the Marionette. Open the Rope image, and go to Image > Canvas Size, set the Width to 4656 px, with the Relative option checked, and leave the middle left anchor selected. Then duplicate the layer and place the image next to each other to extend the Rope. Merge the layers together and place it to our canvas. Add a Color Overlay Layer Style with the color of #2c2312 and Opacity to 52%. Duplicate the layer, and press Ctrl+T to rotate it just like in the image shown below.
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Now to make sure everything has its own place in this illustration you need to take care for shadows. So, grab a Brush Tool with soft settings (Flow at 2% and Hardness set to 0%). Create a new layer below the Model group and start painting a tiny shadow under her shoes. Press Ctrl+] to increase the size of your brush and paint under her arms and legs as indicated by red arrows in the image below. Change your diameter of your brush constantly, and vary the opacity depending on the areas you're painting.
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Now we can move to the next part. We will add several elements to make the illustration a bit more interesting. Place the Frame image to our canvas (File > Place) and put it above the Wall group. Add Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and then reduce the Saturation to -42. Using Magic Wand Tool, select the black background and mask it off with the Layer Mask. Apply Layer Style > Drop Shadow to a layer with the settings as shown in the image below. Now open the Sky image, and using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, select the part of the sky you're interested in and pasted underneath the Frame layer. Raise the Saturation to +47. Group the layers and the adjustment layers, and name it "Frame 1". To create the other frame, just duplicate the Layer Group, scale it up slightly, and rotate it to 90 CCW. Rename the group to "Frame 2".
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Open the Elephant image. First, we need to do a little bit of touch up on and remove the black spots on its forehead. Add a new layer and grab a Stamp Tool, Press Alt+click to define a sampling point, then simply paint over in the area you want to remove. Use about 20-30% Opacity, it's good at softening areas while still leaving detail, and make sure the Sample is set to "Current & Below". Once you're done retouching, extract the Elephant using a Pen Tool and put it above the Frame Layer. Place it exactly just like you see in the image shown below, click on the Frame layer's thumbnail to load selection, and use a Layer Mask to get rid of the excess area we don't need.

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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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