Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A new Comic from photo method

Hi All,

So I've learned a new method for making comics from a photo. I watched a video from the Photoshop Training Channel on Youtube and I liked the results.

To try it out I took my favorite picture from Monolith Con last year and tried the new process on it.

Above you can see (From L to R) original photo (tweaked in light room), Old comic method (Poster Edges Filter and Exposure Adjustment Layer +0.33), and the PTC method.

This is the Layers panel showing my workflow. It was interesting using the Smart Object feature, I don't know how long it's been around, but it was my first time really using it. Very useful. The Color and Lines Layers are just duplicates of Layer 0 that were renamed and then the various filters applied. Lines and Color are essentially the same. The Threshold filter is adjusted to make it line art and then the Layer Mode is set to make only the lines show (Multiply).

I was able to use this file as a Template to create the Termintor:Apotheosis comic by editing the Layer 0, click on it to open it up and then paste in a new image. The one thing I haven't figured out yet is how to get rid of the rescaling of the original image. I had rescaled the Dragon rider a little just to follow the tutorial. I seemed unable to get rid of that scaling once back in the main image. I'm not totally sure why that is.

Just a note. The Vibrance adjustment is what made it really pop. A great way to easily pump up the color in your image.

I hope you found this useful and/or informative.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Michael, it's a nice way to get a very graphic look.

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    1. Thanks Dai, I wish I could take credit for it. My version of the method was apparently only one of the steps in this method.



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