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Pop Art Portrait Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Effects 0 January 30th, 2019

Learn how to create pop art in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. Turn a photo into pop art using Photoshop. If you want really quick results you can try the Pop Art Photoshop action that are featured in this tutorial.


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.

WARHOL Photoshop Action

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Action

LICHTENSTEIN Photoshop Action

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.

Let's take a quick look at the pop art portrait effect that we'll create in this new tutorial.

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop

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

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.

colorize photoshop

Add Halftone Texture

Add this Halftone Texture in a new layer above the other layers.

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.

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. I hope you like it!

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Pop Art Photoshop Portrait Effect

WARHOL Photoshop Action

Pop Art Warhol Photoshop Action

LICHTENSTEIN Photoshop Action

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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