Sunday, January 04, 2009

Photo-Paint X4 making 60´s pop-art & comics effects



















Here is a very simple and straight forward tip.

A lot of people like to know how to make a picture in the same style as some of the pop-art in the 60´s and 70´s. Those halftone images. With dots building up the outlines and contour of a human face. And bright colours. So how is that made in Corel Photo-Paint. Well here is one way of doing it.

Pick a good picture to begin with. In my case I use the picture of the Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. I didnt vote for him, but he is probably a nice guy in private anyway ;-) First is the actual steps, and below my explanation for doing it in a bit more detail.

1 Open the image and use the Magic wand on the background
2 Choose cut and past on a new object in the Objects Docker
3 Select the first object again and choose desaturate
4 Continue with image>transform>Threshold and choose 132 bi-level in the threshold dialog.
5 Go to Effects and choose Blur>Gaussian blur.
6 Effects>color transform>Halftone, and choose amount of dots to your liking.

Now over to the next steps. Colouring the image.
7 Face colour. In the Object Docker choose Lens>Photo Filter, and choose a colour.
8 The background colour
9 Choose the old background object you earlier cut and pasted before
10 Magic Wand and select it, and choose a colour
11 Choose Fill tool (the bucket) to fill the object with colour. And fill the object
12 Colour the right hand eye as red, make new object in objects docker
13 Choose Lasso tool and cath the eye
14 Choose Fill tool and fill with red colour
15 Choose Multiply in the Merge Mode in the Docker on the eye object.
16 Repeat the step for the yellow part of the hair on the head.
Finished.

Open the image and use the Magic wand on the background. When background is selected and masked choose cut and past on a new object in the Objects Docker. This will make outline around the head, which I personally add for my own enjoyment. Not necessarily in the style, but I like it. Select the first object again and choose desaturate. Continue with image>transform>Threshold and choose 132 bi-level in the threshold dialog. Go to Effects and choose Blur>Gaussian blur. And then Effects>color transform>Halftone, and choose amount of dots to your liking.

Now over to the next steps. Colouring the image.
Face colour. In the Object Docker choose Lens>Photo Filter Lens (only if you have at least version X4), and choose a colour. I choose a light pink. Done. Magic isnt it.

Step three
The background colour. Choose the old background object you earlier cut and pasted before. Use Magic Wand and select it. Choose a colour, let say blue. And then choose Fill tool (the bucket) to fill the object with colour.

Step four.
Now colour the right hand eye as red. Make a new oject in the Objects docker. Some would maybe tell you to use the Clipping Path. But why when you can use the Lasso mask tool. So use the Lasso tool and cath the eye. Use the fill tool to fill the selection. Its now all red. So therefore go to the Objects Docker again, and select the new Eye object, and the in the Merge Mode choose Multiply. Voilá! Transparancy. Looks great. Repeat this with parts of the hair and make it in another colour, let say a Yellow.

Easy isnt it.
It all sounds like a lot of steps, but it really isnt.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist

4 comments:

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ali13 said...

Very good tutorial. Even for a french do not know the language of Shakespeare. I could reproduce it with panache.

Thank you A +

Stefan Lindblad - illustration & art said...

Thanks,
Glad it helped!
Glad that me a Swede/ Suedois, writing in English can give a tip to a French man :-)

Stefan

storeage said...

thank's for your information, that is good tutorial