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Here's a way to make a kind of cartoon of an image.

 

  • Layer/Duplicate layer.
  • Filters/Detect/Detect Edges.
  • Layer/Invert.
  • Blend Mode: Colour Burn.
  • Add Curves above it all and pull up midtones.
  • Play with Opacity to vary strength of effect.

Interesting effect with landscapes and architecture. Not tried it on people.

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Gave it a shot, not sure I got the results you expected. What do you think?

 

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DM, maybe if you posted your sample, I could tell if I was in the ballpark.

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Attached examples. Pier1 is original. Pier2 is edited. Zoom in to see detail difference.

 

It's an experiment that gave an interesting result.

 

 

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Gave it a shot, not sure I got the results you expected. What do you think?

 

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DM, maybe if you posted your sample, I could tell if I was in the ballpark.

 

Yes, that's the kind of thing. Looks good!

 

I tried with your original and got the attached. You have more white lines. Did you invert the duplicate or edges? Doesn't matter -- playing with either gives different effect.

 

Dave

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Yes, that's the kind of thing. Looks good!

 

I tried with your original and got the attached. You have more white lines. Did you invert the duplicate or edges? Doesn't matter -- playing with either gives different effect.

 

Dave

 

Dave, thanks for the samples and especially trying my image. I see, and it looks somewhat like a really intense HDR, doesn't it? Thanks! I'll go through it again to ck on those white lines in my first attempt.

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Back in the day, I would use online cartoon image converters to get an idea on how to have photos of real people as cartoon characters. But since anyone can design those sites, it may not be safe to download from them, so it's good to know of a technique in Affinity Photo.

The website is still a work in progress. The "Comics" and "Shop" sections are not yet ready. Feel free to connect with me and let me know what you like or what can be improved. You can contact me here, on my contact page, YouTube channel, or Twitter account. Thanks and have a great day!

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Update: Convert edges layer to b/w and add Gaussian Blur (adjust to taste). So sequence is now:

 

  • Layer/Duplicate layer.
  • Filters/Detect/Detect Edges.
  • Layer/Invert.
  • Layer/New Adjustment Layer/Black & White
  • Layer/New Live Filter Layer/Gaussian Blur (radius 1 or vary to taste)
  • Blend Mode: Colour Burn.
  • Add Curves above it all and pull up midtones.
  • Play with Opacity to vary strength of effect.

Worked better in some images. Gaussian Blur reduces cartoon effect and copes with irregular edge detection.

Dave Straker

Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast i9 Custom + Philips 40in 4K & Benq 23in; Surface Pro 4 i5; iPad Pro 11"

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  • 2 years later...

Thanks for the guidance.

Just wanted to record a macro for this, but I'm giving it up. This is harder than it should be.

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Steps...

Here's the macro you wanted. I named it "Dave's  Cartoon Effect" in order to give credit to Dave Straker who, after all, came up with the process. The only thing I changed was to set the blend mode of both the inverted outline pixel layer and the live Gaussian Blur layer to Color Burn. I also set the default blur to 0.5 pixels, as this was a bit more to my own liking. As you'll see, though, it is user-customizable. I didn't put in a step to alter the opacity, but clearly you can do that after the fact.

Note that I've made this an importable macros category, and not a single macro. When imported (through the Library) this will become a new category with a single macro in it. This will also let the macro be imported into the iPad version, if you want.

Dave Straker's Cartoon Effect.afmacros.zip

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Thanks, @smadell. I checked it out. It works good.

I was close to finish the macro several times, but made mistakes and had to start all over.
It's hard to record a macro if you can't go a step back.

I believe this method is the closest thing to an cartoon effect that can be achieved by now due to the lack of artistic filters - as I recently learned.

It's not good enough to actually use it in my case, but it can serve as template for tracing a picture into a vector by hand using Affinity Designer.

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@smadell

Thanks. Yes, the result of that macro looks cleaner and better overall.

Only thing is that the black outline is gone. That thing is of course essential for a comic look.

I'm looking for something in the direction of the sample photo I posted in this thread.

 

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On ‎9‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 5:10 PM, smadell said:

Steps...

Here's the macro you wanted. I named it "Dave's  Cartoon Effect" in order to give credit to Dave Straker who, after all, came up with the process. The only thing I changed was to set the blend mode of both the inverted outline pixel layer and the live Gaussian Blur layer to Color Burn. I also set the default blur to 0.5 pixels, as this was a bit more to my own liking. As you'll see, though, it is user-customizable. I didn't put in a step to alter the opacity, but clearly you can do that after the fact.

Note that I've made this an importable macros category, and not a single macro. When imported (through the Library) this will become a new category with a single macro in it. This will also let the macro be imported into the iPad version, if you want.

Dave Straker's Cartoon Effect.afmacros.zip

Help needed here as I've downloaded the file, but cant get AP to see it to import. Something I'm doing wrong for sure but cant figure it. Simple guidance please

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