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I’m new to Photoshop and was wondering how can I give my photo a cartoon effect just like in the GTA cover. I looked everywhere, youtube, blogs and stuff but still non were close to what I’m looking for. Look at the picture for clarity:

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I tried the following but didn’t get what I was looking for:

  1. Made a duplicate layer of the image and then Filter -> Sketch -> Stamp and after that multiply them.

  2. Image -> Adjustment -> Posterize

  3. Filer -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask

Using PS CS5 Extended.

Is there any fast and better way of doing it? Thanks.



  1. I think that is a better place for asking such question.

    From what I can see on your picture, there’s an ink-like effect like in Street Fighter 4, there is a tutorial here on how to do that.

    Now regarding the shading, if the source was in 3D they probably used Cel Shading, find a tutorial here.

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  2. There are 2 ways of doing it:
    Filter/Blur/Smart blur with Radius 3, Threshold 15, then
    Filter/Filter Gallery / Artistic/Poster Edges with Thickness 8, Intensity 1,
    buy the effect action (3$) which does the above

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  3. First go Filter -> Filter gallery -> poster edges increase thickness level to 5 or something that suits best for the image and intensity lesser than thickness value and Posterization value to mid level(3 or 4)

    Then Filter -> Filter gallery -> cutout increase levels,keep simplicity to 0 and fidelity to 0 or 1

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