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I haven't seen this before, so I figured I would share. This is a simple cartoon like effect. This is similar to the pseudo cell shading tutorial by Affinity, but that's because they used the edge detect tool too. So for what it's worth here we go.

First copy your background layer, CMD-J

Go to Filter, Detect, Detect Edges. Set the blend mode to subtract.

Add the adjustment layer, posterize. Adjust the levels for taste. My example uses 4.

That's it. Now you have a basic cartoon stylized picture. You can use all sorts of additional methods from here. But this seems a good starting point. Hope you find something useful in this. Cheers.

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Nice one, crabtrem! I especially like your use of Subtract and Posterise.

 

Out of interest, I posted a 'cartoon' note recently here: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/41447-cartoon-effect-with-ap/

 

Things you can do in your method too include:

  • Soften the jaggies with Gaussian Blur (tiny change may be all that's needed).
  • Simplify with Levels (gradually move up black slider).
  • Make lines monochrome with Black & White.

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On 10/7/2015 at 12:24 PM, crabtrem said:

I haven't seen this before, so I figured I would share. This is a simple cartoon like effect. This is similar to the pseudo cell shading tutorial by Affinity, but that's because they used the edge detect tool too. So for what it's worth here we go.

First copy your background layer, CMD-J

Go to Filter, Detect, Detect Edges. Set the blend mode to subtract.

Add the adjustment layer, posterize. Adjust the levels for taste. My example uses 4.

That's it. Now you have a basic cartoon stylized picture. You can use all sorts of additional methods from here. But this seems a good starting point. Hope you find something useful in this. Cheers.

Hi @crabtrem

You have shared the good and helpful information sure I will apply your crucial tips.

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Thanks. It's a good starting point, but still much work ahead.

I like some of the FX Cartoonizer Effects, but overall you have no control over the result.
You can just choose the preset effects and hope that it fits. It does for some photos.

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