How to Make a Cartoon Out of Any Picture!




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

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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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5 years ago


8 years ago on Introduction


9 years ago on Introduction

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. :-(


10 years ago on Introduction

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


10 years ago on Step 7

Very Nice! Great use of GIMP!