How to Make Cartoons in Photoshop

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Photoshop can be used to make cartoons by outlining an image or shape, enhancing the border and filling in the main colors using the basic paint tool. Find out how to make an image look like a cartoon with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video on using Photoshop.

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Hi, this is Deb Cikovic, with Dual Dot Media. Today, I'm going to show you how to draw cartoons in Photoshop. We're going to take just a general picture, and we're going to start by taking our pen tool, and on paths we're going to outline the picture. Now, for speed sake I just did this very quickly. I didn't really adjust and get it as close as it could have gotten. Again, in Photoshop there's lots of different techniques you can do with this to make a path but the pen tool is my favorite. It gives you the closest edge and the most control, actually, okay. So, now we've closed our path and we're going to go over to; we need to make sure that we have our brush set to three pixels on a hard edge, and we need to make sure it's on black because in a minute I'm going to have it set to gray as opposed to black. Now, from this point you can go ahead and take a hard edge brush and fill your image, and you can do it in multitudes of ways. You can paint it; you can stroke it. You can do whatever you'd like with it. I have the ant lines moving because I need to stay in the lines. So, I'm just going to paint the red color in nice and solid. Again, you could have just used a fill. We're just going to just use a couple different colors and just to give it a little bit of a depth like the original. And then, we're going to go in and we're going to use a little bit of a brush stroke and pretty much stroke out the final appearance, and that's it.

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