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Make pop art with filters (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
February 8, 2015

Part 2 of our stylish popart tutorial!

9. Draw in the nose

Make the Hair layer visible and set its Opacity to 20%. On the Nose layer, paint lines in black for the nose outline. It’s a tricky shape and make take a few attempts. Draw a black outline around the lips too.

10. Cutout for hair

Set Hair back to 100%. Using the photo as a guide, paint yellow over the hair area. Use a mask to hide the rest of the layer. Add a new layer above the Background image (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and fill it in white. Create a stamp of all your layers with Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Opt/Alt+E.

11. Accentuated edges

With the top layer selected, get the outline started with Filter>Filter Gallery>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges. Set Width: 14, Brightness: 0 and Smoothness: 1. Hit OK. Use the Magic Wand tool to delete any areas that aren’t outlines. Also, erase the lines over the face.

12. Neaten the outlines

Go around with a black brush and the Eraser tool (E) to heaten the edges. Also draw in some new line for hair definition. Don’t worry about neatness. Use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the skin shading in black. Create another stamp layer at the top of the palette.

13. Cut out the entire image

On the new stamp layer, apply the Cutout filter to the whole image, with Levels: 8, Simplicity: 6 and Fidelity: 2. This neatens up the outlines, but makes the eyes look unnatural. So add a layer mask and paint black to reveal the original eyes.

14. Halftone background

Create a new layer and fill it with blue from the eyes. Use a layer mask to make it visible only in the background. With the Foreground set to blue and Background to black , go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Sketch>Halftone Pattern. Set Size and Contrast to max and Pattern Type to Dots.

15. Finishing touches

In the Custom Shapes (U) options, add a white explosion shape with a black edge, using the same mask as the Halftone layer. Using the last stamp layer, you can also fill parts of the image with any colour you want. Just have fun and mix it up!