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How to Create a Pop Art Photoshop Effect

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Tutorials Photo Effects 0 August 28th, 2020

Learn how to create pop art in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. I will show you how to quickly create photo pop art effects with Photoshop. Turn a photo into pop art using Photoshop. If you want even quicker results you can try the Pop Art Photoshop action that are featured in this tutorial.

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Before we begin with the Pop Art Effect Photoshop tutorial, I would like to tell you about a few free and premium pop art related resources for Photoshop.

Download this free halftone texture pack (JPG, PNG, PAT)

To make comic book effects you can either create your own halftone texture/dots texture or, you can download one of these pre-made halftone textures from PhotoshopSupply. You will need a halftone texture for this tutorial to apply the finishing touches for the Photoshop pop art effect.

What is Pop Art?

Pop Art Effect

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid to late 1950s. Some of the most known pop art artists are Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Roy Lichtenstein made stylized reproductions of comic strips using dots and flat color tones. Andy Warhol used the screen printing technique for his famous artworks like the portrait of Marilyn Monroe.

Nowadays, you can use famous people like politicians to make pop art posters like this Trump pop art poster for example.

Pop Art Photoshop

If you don't want to go through the tutorial and you simply want to quickly apply a pop art filter to your photos, here are 2 amazing pop art Photoshop actions that you can use:

  • The WARHOL Effect Photoshop Action
  • The Roy LICHTENSTEIN Effect Photoshop Action

Download these actions, install them into Photoshop and then run on any photo to get an instant pop art effect.

WARHOL Photoshop Action

Easy to use Pop Art Photoshop action that you can download from the GraphicRiver market.

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Action

LICHTENSTEIN Photoshop Action

Easy to use Lichtenstein Photoshop action that you can download from the GraphicRiver market. Use the action to turn photo into comic book art.

Pop Art Lichtenstein Photoshop Action

If you want to add some comic elements like speech bubbles or comic sound effects you can download these free cartoon effects in PNG format.

And now, for the pop art effect Photoshop tutorial. This tutorial follows exactly the same steps as in the YouTube video pop art photoshop effect tutorial above, so you can follow along if you missed any details in the video.

Let's start!

Pop Art Effect Photoshop Tutorial

How to Make Pop Art in Photoshop

Let's take a quick look at the pop art portrait effect that we'll create in this pop art Photoshop tutorial. We'll make pop art from photo in just a few steps. The pop art effect in Photoshop is quite easy to create with filters. This pop art effect is also known as the Warhol effect as it was used by Andy Warhol many times to create his famous pop art portraits.

There is no 1-click pop art filter Photoshop effect, so we need to use several filters combined to make pop art portraits.

Pop Art Warhol Effect Photoshop

You can create a pop art portrait, but you can also use objects like vintage cans, high heels shoes, retro cameras, vintage cars or other retro vintage objects. So the same technique can be used for numerous Warhol effects in Photoshop.

Pop Art From Photo

Open your image in a new PSD file. Call this layer Photo.

retro woman photo

Posterize Effect in Photoshop

Press Control-J to duplicate this layer and name it Poster Effect. Go to Filter > Artistic menu and choose Poster Edgesto create the posterize effect.

poster edges photoshop

Duplicate the Photo layer and call it Sketch Effect. Move the layer above the Poster Effect layer.

move layer photoshop

Set the Foreground Color to black and the Background Color to white.

background and foreground color photoshop

Sketch Effect in Photoshop

Go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy. Apply this filter to layer Sketch Effect.

photocopy photoshop

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels.

levels photoshop

Set the blend mode of the Sketch Effect layer to Multiply.

multiply photoshop

Duplicate the Photo layer and call it Black and White Effect. Move the layer above the Sketch Effect layer.

move layer photoshop

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

gradient map photoshop

Change the colors of the Gradient Map to create this black and white vector effect. Depending on your image you have to change the settings. The important thing is to keep close almost identical the location of the black and white color.

vector effect photoshop

If you use only this layer and add a black background, you get a pop art silhouette. The silhouette pop art can be used for making posters, to print on T-shirts, etc.

Pop Art Silhouette

Set the blend mode of the Black and White Effect layer to Multiply.

vector effect photoshop

Colorize in Photoshop

To create the pop art Lichtenstein effect, we have to colorize the image. Add a new layer above the Poster Effect layer and call it Colorize.

Use the Brush Tool and a hard round brush to colorize the picture. I used these colors: #61cb89 (green background), #e7c31c (yellow hair), #59bfe9 (blue makeup), #db1a00 (red lips), #ffffff (white for teeth and eyes), etc. You can also colorize the skin.

The comic pop art photoshop effect is looking quite good. So, let's continue by adding some pop art texture.

colorize photoshop

Add Halftone Texture

Add this Halftone Texture in a new layer above the other layers. You can also use the Halftone filter to make a pop art pattern Photoshop effect.

halftone texture

Add a Layer Mask to the Halftone Texture layer.

halftone texture

Hide the layer. Make sure you are in the layer mask and go to Image > Apply Image.

apply image photoshop

Press Control-I to invert the mask. Unhide the Halftone Texture layer.

invert image in photoshop

Set the blend mode of this layer to Multiply. We are one step closer to finalize the turn photo into pop art Photoshop effect.

multiply blend mode photoshop

If you want you can add a Levels adjustment just for the Halftone Texture layer.

levels in photoshop

Pop Art Photoshop Portrait Effect

So, here is the final result fot the pop art Photoshop portrait effect. To make pop art from photo is not very difficult but the easiest way is to use our pop art Photoshop action!

There are lots of pop art filter app tools to turn photo into pop art free online, but with Photoshop the result is much better.

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Pop Art Photoshop Portrait Effect

WARHOL Photoshop Action

Easy to use Pop Art Photoshop action that you can download from the GraphicRiver market. The pop art generator by psddude is a Photoshop action that creates a realistic pop art effect. There is no need to use a pop art software, you only need Photoshop. Check out this video tutorial on how to use the Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Action:

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Action

LICHTENSTEIN Photoshop Action

Lichtenstein photo generator for making comic effect, comic book photo effect and of course Lichtenstein effect in no time. Any of the two Photoshop actions are great for making pop art posters and pop art wall art.

Pop Art Lichtenstein Photoshop Action

To create a grunge effect in Photoshop you can use old paper textures, grunge textures, dust and scatches.

Another interesting time period in terms of art and graphic design style, was the 1980s. If you want to learn more about the 80s, the Synthwave art, check out my article about 80s font used in movie posters, video gammes, music album covers and so on.

Free Posterize Photoshop Action

Another cool photo effect is the posterize photo effect that you can make in Photoshop using this free action.

Posterize Photoshop
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