Make Any Photo Look Like an Andy Warhol Painting with This Photoshop Effect Tutorial

Make Any Photo Look Like an Andy Warhol Painting with This Photoshop Effect Tutorial

Photoshop Photo Effects

If you like Pop Art and the work of Andy Warhol, then this Photoshop tutorial is for you! These days, using a few basic Photoshop tools and default filters makes it easy to imitate Warhol's style. Although the real Warhol work have more texture and a more dirty appearance, in this tutorial you'll learn how to simplify your subject (from any picture) using the Threshold filter, and apply tons of different colors, just like Warhol would've done.

But before we begin, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following image from Pixabay: Download

Step 1

Open your picture in Photoshop. In this case, I am using a cropped version of the image just to work more comfortable.

Step 2

Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer as Selection and click OK.

Step 3

Using your preferred method, make a selection of the area that you want to convert to an Andy Warhol style. In this case, I will simply use the Lasso Tool (L) to make a rough selection.

Step 4

With the selection active, select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill the selection with any color you like, in this case I will use white.

Step 5

With the Selection active, click on the Background layer. Go to Edit > Copy and then to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place.

Step 6

Rename this new layer to “Threshold” and hide the “Selection” layer.

Step 7

With the “Threshold” layer selected go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set a radius of 4 px and click OK. Note: this value may change a bit according to your image size.

Step 8

Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold. Adjust the Threshold Level according to your own image needs and click OK. In this case a value of 115 seems to work just fine.

Step 9

With the Threshold layer selected, go to Select > Color Range. In the Color Range Panel, select “Highlights” from the dropdown menu and click OK.

Step 10

Go to Edit > Cut and then to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place.

Step 11

Rename the new layer to “Coloring” and the “Threshold” layer to “Darks”.

Step 12

Select the Background layer and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer to “Background Color” and click OK. In the Color Picker window set the color to #ff8f05 and click OK.

Step 13

Select the “Darks” layer and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Dark Color”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to #1e1317 and click OK.

Step 14

Select the “Coloring” layer and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Color 1”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to # f5c9d6 and click OK.

Step 15

Again go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Color 2”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to # bff3e7 and click OK.

Step 16

Again go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Color 3”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to # d13f26 and click OK.

Step 17

Again go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Color 4”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to # 9ac2e2 and click OK.

Step 18

Again go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer as “Color 5”, be sure to check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” and click OK. In the Color Picker window, set the color to # ab6d84 and click OK.

Step 19

Double click on the “Color 5” mask thumbnail. In the Mask Properties Panel click on the “Invert” button.

Step 20

Repeat the step 19 for the “Color 4”, “Color 3” and “Color 2” layers.

Step 21

With the layer mask of the “Color 2” layer selected, be sure to have White as your Foreground Color. Select a soft brush (at any size you feel comfortable with) and paint over your subject to reveal the color in the areas you wish.

Step 22

With the Brush active, click on the mask thumbnail of the layer “Color 3” and paint over your subject to reveal the color.

Step 23

Again, select the “Color 4” mask thumbnail and paint over your subject to reveal the color of this layer in the areas you want.

Step 24

Lastly, click over the “Color 5” mask thumbnail and paint with the white brush over the canvas to reveal the color of this layer on your subject.


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