How to Make a Cartoon Out of Any Picture!





Introduction: How to Make a Cartoon Out of Any Picture!

In this Instructable, you will be able to learn how to create a cartoon out of a picture.

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Step 1: Pick Your Picture

This can be any image, you may have to just experiment with different pictures. Some work well, and some don't.

We'll be using a program called GIMP which is similar to Adobe Photoshop and can be downloaded for free here .

Save the File to your computer.

This is a picture of Omar Epps who plays Eric Foreman in House.

Step 2: Open in GIMP

Open Gimp -> Open -> Choose your file 

Step 3: Duplicate Layer

Layer -> Duplicate Layer 

Step 4: Edit Top Image

Select top Image -> Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur... Select a blur anywhere from 2-7

Select top Image -> Colors-> Colorize... Move Hue slightly to right to get new colored image.

Select top Image -> Colors-> Threshold... Set Threshold so that it kind of looks like Eric's face

Select top Image -> In Layers Box Click arrow next to normal and choose overlay.

Step 5: Edit Bottom Image

Select bottom Image -> Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur... Put in a number that is from 10-17

Select bottom Image -> Filters -> Artistic -> Cartoon... Adjust till it seems right

Step 6: Merge Layers

Select top Image -> Layer -> Merge Down

Now there should be only one layer.

Step 7: You're Finished

You can save this, or print it, or basically whatever you want to do with it. 

Have fun!



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I tried following your instructions using an image of Rachel Weisz, but couldn't figure out how to do the final step with the layering of the top image. I have Gimp 2, so I don't know if that changes anything... but I could not find the Layers Box to save my life! It seems like one is supposed to pop up automatically (at least on yours) but I tried hunting mine down and still couldn't find it. :-(

Thank you. I've been playing around with this all night. Love that you chose Omar (he doesn't scare me)



Excellent! great job!

Very Nice! Great use of GIMP!

Omar Epps deserves to be in more Instructables. Nice work.