Comic Book Effects

I enjoy comic books and creating a cartoon or comic book effect using your own photographs has never been easier. All you need is the right software.

Digital Anarchy’s ToonIt! Photo is a fun Photoshop-compatible plug-in that produces cartoon-like images from photographs, eliminating the drudgery of painting and masking. The plug-in’s algorithms create cartoon shading and outlines in either Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. ToonIt! analyzes the photograph, creates flat regions of color, and outlines them to produce a cell-shaded cartoon. The Effects Palette lets you add special effects such as enhanced shadows, color effects, and halftones. Style Creator offers 12 different algorithms that can be used to create the underlying cartoon or apply a painterly look to the image. The Preset Manager and somewhat tiny Preview Window display options to control the appearance of the cartoon.

One of ToonIt!’s best features is the ability to translate details of the human face into a believable cartoon. People are difficult to ‘toon’ because everybody knows how facial features and expressions should appear like so ToonIt! identifies areas that should be shaded as one color and uses sophisticated edge detection to draw the outlines. This creates consistent, pleasing features while also retaining detail in hair and eyes.

ToonIt! Photo 2.6 works with Windows and Mac OS and supports RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale files in 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit. ToonIt! Photo costs $129 and you can even download a demo version to try with your own image files first.

Special Note: Starting today Macro Monday will alternate with Special Efx day. Next week, it’ll be back to macro photography and the following week will introduce you to some new effects and effects software. You get the picture…

Author: Joe Farace

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