Colorful Poster/Comic Effect Tutorial Page 3
Adjust the Hue and Saturation layer. I moved the saturation slider over till the light from the building by the two benches on the right started to show a glow. In general adding some saturation will brighten up the colors and give the image a more comic effect. However don't overdo it.
Step 10 - Adjust the Saturation
Step 9 - Adjust Blur and Levels
At this point we can start making adjustments to improve the image. The image looks a little too blurry so double-click the Gausian Blur layer and move the setting to 5. This will vary depending on the size, resolution, and content of your picture. Open up your levels adjustment layer and Lighten up the grays and the whites a bit, I used the settings shown here, but this will also vary depending on the image you are working with.
Heres a shot of the left side of the image now. After adjustintg the blue Saturation Layer. Adjust the opacity on this layer to give a colorfull glow to the street and colored objects. I used an opacity of 20% here. Play with the opacity slider till you find what you like.
Step 11 - Adjust Blue Saturation Layer
Step 12 - Almost Done
Finally, I tweaked Hue and Saturation and levels a bit more. I then added a new layer on top of the layer stack. Named it Pseudo Dodge and used Edit>Fill to fill it with 50% grey and make the Blend Mode Overlay. I then used a white soft-round brush at opacity 10% to lighten up a few of the peoples faces. Also I switched the brush color to black and darkened up some of the background buildings at 12-25% brush opacity. This is a non-destuctive alternative to dodging and burning. If you make a mistake just paint over error with 50% grey. Here's my final image before border and colored half-tone application.
Step 13 - Optional Add border and Half-Tone Dots (Sample Area)
For more close up images, a comic effect can be made by adding halftones and a border.
Make the top layer (Pseudo Dodge) active press Control Alt Shift & E to create a composite layer. Name the new layer Composite. Right-Click and select Convert to Smart Object.
To make a border click the Fx icon on the bottom of the layers panel. Then choose Stroke. Make the size 20 px and the Position Inside and leave the color as black.
To add color half-tone dots make sure Composite Layer is still active. From the Filter Menu choose Pixelate>Color Halftone. Choose a radius of 6 leave the rest of the settings at default. Right Click on the word Color Halftone in the layer menu and select Edit Smart Filter Blending Options. When the blending Options dialog box appears choose Soft Light for the mode and 50% for the Opacity. Note: Depending on the size and resolution of your image, the radius size, Blending Mode, and Opacity may differ. For this web picture I used 100% opacity on the Color Halftones in order to see them better.
Now since you have recorded the actions of this image, you can quickly have fun trying it out on other images. Load the image into Photoshop. Access the Actions panel by clicking Alt-F9 or choose Actions from the Windows Menu then select the Comics Effect and press the run button at the bottom of the Actions panel. I have tested a bunch of pictures with this action and have placed some I liked on a page in this site.