Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Warhol-style, Pop Art Portrait from a Photo!

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Warhol-style, Pop Art Portrait from a Photo!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create an Andy Warhol-style, pop art image from a photo! It can be black and white or color. This is an update of a tutorial I did quite awhile ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. The techniques in this tutorial are quicker and more flexible. Open a photo you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from
The first step is to convert it into a Smart Object, so we can modify it non-destructively
and even replace it without having to redo all the effects that we ‘ll be adding to it.
To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. If you want to crop your image, open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag it over the area of your image you want to keep. Go to Image and “Crop”. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl + D on Windows or Cmd + D on a Mac. Next, we’ll resize the image to
give us the best results from the filters we’ll be using. Go to Image and Image Size.
If the resolution isn’t 72 pixels per inch, highlight it and type it in. The Width
and Height will automatically change to different amounts in order to retain its shape. For
the Height, type in 870 and click OK. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd
+ 0 or to see it at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. Next, we’ll make a selection around your
subject to separate it from its background. There are many ways to make selections and
your choice should depend on the characteristics of your image. For this example, I’ll use
the “Quick Selection Tool”. If you’re using this tool as well, make its size approximately
10 pixels. Drag the tool over your subject. To refine the edge of your selection, click
the “Refine Edge” button or go to “Select” and “Refine Edge”. I did an in-depth tutorial
on Refine Edge, so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its link in my video’s description
or project files. Drag the Radius to the right and check “Smart Radius”. Drag your tool over
the edge of the hair and output it as a “Layer Mask”. Then. click OK. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the New Layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer. We’ll fill the empty
layer with white, but first, make sure your foreground and background colors are black
and white, respectively. If they aren’t, press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is your
background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. If your subject is in color, desaturate it
by clicking on its thumbnail to make it active and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click,
“Black White”. We’ll convert your image into a Smart Object, so we can add filters to it.
To do this, Shift-click on the bottom layer to highlight all the layers and, as before,
click the icon at the upper-right and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the “Sketch” folder and click, “Halftone Pattern”. For the Pattern Type, choose “Dot”. Make the Size: 2 and the Contrast: 0. Then, click OK. Go back to Filter, Sharpen and “Smart Sharpen”. Make the Amount: 500%, the Radius: 64 pixels and the Noise: 0%. Keep in mind, since your applying the filter to a Smart Object, you can adjust the
filter’s settings later at any time. Click OK or press Enter or Return. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Levels”. Make the Input white level: 100 to brighten your image. Make your subject active and change its Blend Mode to “Linear Burn”. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click
on the New Layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer. In this empty layer,
we’ll add colors to our subject. Click the foreground color to open the Color Picker.
Pick a color for your background and click OK. To fill the empty layer with that color,
press Alt or Option + Delete. Presently the Levels adjustment layer is brightening your
entire image including the blue background we just added. To restrict the adjustment
layer to effect just your subject and not the background under it. Scroll to the top
of the Layers panel and make the Levels adjustment layer active. Click this icon to clip it to
the one layer beneath it. Another way to clip it is to press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. Scroll to the bottom and make the color background active. Click the foreground color again and this time, pick a color for your subject’s skin. Then,
click OK. Open your Pencil Tool and Pencil Picker. We’ll take care of the size in a moment.
Make sure the Hardness and Opacity are both 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To make
your pencil bigger or smaller, press the right or left Bracket key on your keyboard. Now,
draw over the skin. Don’t be concerned if it’s not perfect. Click your foreground color and pick a color for the hair. Brush over the hair and feel free to use the color
for other areas of your subject. Continue to draw different colors over areas of your subject and to brush in soft, feathered colors, use your Brush Tool with a Hardness of 0. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

Comments (45)

  1. Great tutorial. Although I think it's better to use a different blank layer for each colour, so you can change the colours if you want, more easily.

  2. Very great and creative tutorial.

  3. What are the other ways of making the selection?

  4. What's the icon at 6:22? My updated version doesn't have it

  5. Hi! Great channel, Thanks for the classes… I have a problem, in my filters options don't have the Sharpen Options in my CS6? What should i do to have it?

  6. Another excellent tutorial! I am so puzzled to see that ANYONE has thumbs downed this video. Must not be good at following instructions and blamed the video for their terrible results.

  7. if using the technique to create a printable item can you start with a 300 dpi instead of 72 ?

  8. What happens if you get to the last few steps and your colors are all grayscale?

  9. When I create the smart object from the three layers at 4:06, and I go to Filter > Filter Gallery, Filter Gallery is not an active selection. What am I doing incorrect?

  10. I have CS5 are all the tools the same? having trouble.

  11. amazing
    thank you 😀

  12. Thank you! I am excited to try this. I am having trouble on the last step adding the colors. The last step I was successful on was adding the linear burn. Any suggestions? I am on a MAC using CS6. Thanks!

  13. I've learned more from your tutorials than I did in college. Cheers, mate.

  14. this is helpful! thank you! i love your pop art tutorials.

  15. It's that gray haired woman from the Cloud Village, pretending to be Kloss. Kloss right now is hiding out in a Sanctuary in New York.

  16. I subbed just 2 minutes into the first video I watched. Very well done tutorials! Thanks Marty 🙂

  17. If you're having trouble with speed when doing this, skip the image size step at the start I did it without and got work I was really happy with

  18. Marty -youre a star!!!

  19. I can't find refine edge anywhere in my photoshop can anyone help?

  20. Great video, really easy and really enjoyed thanks xx

  21. Hi Marty ! I have a doubt . I have created my own poster as per your above tutorial for neon effect and as i had to print them I converted them to CMYK format and adjusted few settings to arrive at a suitable state. I try to save the same pic for web as I have to upload the pic for Web purpose . When i try doing that I get a dull version of the pic with low brightness.I have attached the link for your reference. Would be immensely glad to have your reply
    Link 1. Final Screenshot picture of the working cmyk file :
    2. Picture after image exported as Jpeg and Png:

  22. well when i apply the halftone pattern, my entire image goes completely white…

  23. REQUEST: How to Make a , Pop Art Portrait photoshop action

  24. Super super super!

  25. it does not look right, with photoshop it looks fake in a way, you cant feel the energy from the portrait

  26. your the best marty

  27. Thanks so much for this ! I’ve known about a lot of it, but have had an issue with blue lighting. Thanks so much. 🎨

  28. thanks for tutorial

  29. Very good tutorial, very helpful…a bit more Roy Lichtenstein than Andy Warhol, but great for that comic strip look! The steps are very well explained

  30. I can't thank you enough for breaking this down SO thoroughly! I'm not a Photoshop whiz by any stretch of the imagination, and you made this easy, understandable, and perfect to follow. Thank you!

  31. i cant find fefine edge in ps2019…sad my poster will not be looking guud

  32. When I add the Halftone Pattern filter, I got a totally different result. it turns the woman in a black and white negative, white areas are too shiny and nothing is visible. what should I do?

  33. very helpful..thanks for sharing 🙂

  34. Great tutorial but have a question – I have done two and they worked great but on another one once I go to add the background colour after going through the halftone filter gallery etc. it doesn't work I rebuilt it twice and still get this issue. Very confusing. Thanks

  35. i must make something like this, thanks

  36. what is the purpose of changing the height to 870 at the beginning?

  37. How do body parts get colored so precisely?

  38. I'm trying to apply this to a shape, how do I precisely color it after? I'm doing osmething wrong 🙁 my shape borders (black) are turned white, in your image blacks remains blacks.

  39. This videos views: 10% are people actually wanting to do this, 90% are Graphic Arts teachers/students. good tutorial though.

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