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Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon

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You can turn yourself into a cartoon in just a few simple steps. If you cannot draw not to worry, with Illustrator you can use the auto trace tool and it will capture the necessary lines for you. You can also use Photoshop if you don't have Illustrator.
 
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Step 1: Get An Image of Yourself

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Find an image of yourself (or someone else) that is at least 300 dpi. The smaller the image the harder it will be to outline or auto trace it.

Step 2: Outline Your Picture

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Place your .jpg, .tiff, .giff, .bmp, or any other image format that is compatible with Illustrator or Photoshop into the program. Please create a separate layer for your image and lock it down so you can trace without the image moving around. Now if you are using Illustrator you can either use the pen or pencil tool to outline the important parts of your image(see example). The areas that define you best are the ones you should choose. If you are not so good with tracing or don't have a steady hand, you can use the auto trace tool from Illustrator. It will do all the tracing for you. You may have to go back and clean the lines up a bit after wards when using that tool.

Note: Photoshop will work for this project too!

Step 3: Now Add Color

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Now you can add color to your creation. You can do that in several ways. Using illustrator you can either re-outline certain areas and do a color fill OR just choose areas that are already outlined and color fill them. In Photoshop you will use the magic wand tool to select your areas and color fill them in the same way. It is suggested that if you want to give yourself some depth, you use gradients or several layers of color.

Step 4: Make it Pretty and You're Done

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Last and final step......make it pretty and put the finishing touches on it. You can add background colors and even a border. There are lots of different swatch and border tools in either program. Have fun.
fbastage2 years ago
added texture (magic selection tool)

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pigeon3 years ago
I know this is a dumb question, but how do I find the auto trace tool? When I search 'trace' in Illustrator's Help, all it shows is Live Trace preferences but I don't understand how to actually use it!
zeinsabra3 years ago
please give me the exact steps on how to use photoshop 7.0 for this project
ito4 years ago
wheres the photoshop
dviz (author)  ito4 years ago
I did not create a version in photoshop, but it can be done.
gisagisa4 years ago
 Does photoshop have this auto trace tool too?
dviz (author)  gisagisa4 years ago
Unfortunately Photoshop does not have an auto trace tool, BUT it does have many cool filters that you can use to make yourself look like a cartoon. They you can go back in an color areas of yourself and the background! Good luck! 
HINT: Try looking for the Filters in the Menu bar up top in Photoshop