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Comic Book Effect in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Effects 140475 Views January 11th, 2012

To create a Comic Book Effect in Photoshop we have to mix all sort of filters and blend them together to obtain that well known sketch effect. You can of course use a simple Graphic Pen Filter or a Halftone Pattern Filter, but if you want to obtain a more complex and realistic comic effect you have to use more than one Photoshop Filter.

And to complete the image we'll use Comic Brushes and/or add text using a Comic Font. The Old Paper Texture used in the final step helps us obtain that authentic vintage look.


I've studied other tutorials before creating my own comic book effect so if you want to see how other people created comics effect, check out this list of Photoshop Comic Effect Tutorials

Take a look of the before and after preview image. So you will get a picture on what we'll be creating in this tutorial.

So let's star by opening the School Girl in Photoshop. Beside the fact that is a really good photo, this image has all the elements of a comic book image: a cool School Girl character, action/motion and a good balance between the focus element and the background.

The first conclusion is that not all the images can be transformed with good results in a comic effect image so you have to choose carefuly.

Duplicate the Girl Layer and change the Brightness/Contrast Balance. You will have to adjust the parameters two times as shown in the image:

Duplicate the previous layer and desaturate the image. Go Image, Adjustments and choose Desaturate.

Photoshop Stamp Filter

Duplicate the Desaturate layer and go to Filter, Sketch menu and choose Stamp Filter. It is very important to set the Foreground color Black and the Background color White. Set the Blending Mode of this layer to Color Burn 100%.

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27 comment(s) for "Comic Book Effect in Photoshop"

8:35 AM Friday, January 13, 2012
It was gr8 to visit your site and found excellent things here. Thanks. reply
8:41 AM Friday, January 13, 2012
thank you, we hope you came back soon :) reply
7:09 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2012
heyyyy que genialllllllll, no se me habia ocurrido seguro que aprendere mas por aqui. reply
9:38 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Excellent tutorial,I love this! thanks for sharing. reply
9:40 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Gracias amigo! reply
rod rodriguez
2:53 PM Thursday, March 22, 2012
Cool concept, I like the outcome and the tutorial is clear and concise. Thanks for posting this. reply
4:52 AM Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Absolutey love this effect. A lot better than many of the other comic effects out there on the net.

However, I am really struggling to complete it. All goes well until the graphic pen filter. By changing the blending option to darken with 100% opacity, the image just goes completely black. Is there something I am doing obviously wrong?
4:59 AM Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hi Anthony,

I am glad you like this comic book effect. I really don't know why you are getting a black image but what I suggest you to do is to convert each image into a smart object; and than apply the filters (as Smart Filters). That way you can adjust the settings to obtain a good result. For example you might have to change the setting of the Graphic Pen, lower the opacity etc.

I assume you are using the same image, because if not, it is a must to adjust ALL the settings for the filters because each image is unique.


Here are some other sketch tutorials and resources that you might like reply
12:23 AM Monday, February 11, 2013
the photocopy filter nailed it! I like this tutorial. the result is amazing! Thanks. reply
1:46 PM Monday, July 15, 2013
I really, really liked your lesson! Thank you very much! reply
1:51 PM Monday, July 15, 2013
very good comics effect, I really like it! reply
11:13 AM Monday, August 05, 2013
Great comic book effect made in Photoshop by Asiya94 reply
7:42 AM Thursday, August 15, 2013
One of my favorite works inspired by my comic book Photoshop tutorial is made by kolobok555 reply
3:46 AM Thursday, January 16, 2014
When I use the text, I only get a solid color. Are there additional steps needed to add the border, highlights and shadows? reply
3:50 AM Thursday, January 16, 2014
For the text you can use some layer styles. For example add Stroke, black color of around 4px and Drop Shadow, normal, black color, distance 5px and size 0px reply
Debbie Schow
Debbie Schow
2:22 AM Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Thank you, this is great, easy to follow, and easy enough to add some improvising to suite a personalized photograph.
2:31 AM Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I am glad you like our comics book Photoshop tutorial; we are always happy to know that our tutorials are easy to follow and versatile :) reply
1:22 AM Saturday, May 03, 2014
Just curious I am also running into an issue after following the tutorial of the image going almost all black. Are you moving each layer to the top as you duplicate it or is it stacked right above the layer you duplicated. For example the "photocopy layer which states duplicate the original girl layer does it stay at the bottom of your layer stack or do you move it to the top and apply the blending mode? Thanks. reply
1:27 AM Saturday, May 03, 2014
Hi Troy, because every image is different you might obtain different results with the same settings. See my reply to "Anthony" comment! reply
3:43 AM Friday, December 26, 2014
Nice comic book effect, keep up the good work! reply
8:34 AM Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I can't desaturate the picture at step 12 because the Desaturate option is greyed out (unselectable)!

Any ideas...? reply
8:45 AM Tuesday, February 10, 2015
There are multiple reasons for grey and inactive menu items in Photoshop. If you have a regular raster layer with an image, you are in RGB or CMYK color modes, I don't know why the Desaturate menu is inactive.

Try to copy the layer in another PSD file and see if the menu is grayed out.

Why Are Photoshop Menus Grayed Out reply
3:10 AM Monday, February 16, 2015
Hi, Thanks for the tutorial.
How do I set the Foreground and Back ground color in Step 15?
I'm not seeing the option to control the Foreground/Background

As soon as I apply the Stamp Filter the entire image goes solid Black. :(

Step 15: "Duplicate the Desaturate layer and go to Filter, Sketch menu and choose Stamp Filter. It is very important to set the Foreground color Black and the Background color White. "

3:24 AM Monday, February 16, 2015
You set the Foreground and Background color before you apply the Photoshop Stamp Filter. reply
7:08 AM Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Didn't apply everything tutorial, but manage to get this. (YA casi means "Almost there...:" reply
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