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Many people find Andy Warhol's pictures fascinating. I personally don't like them that much, but still feel attracted by the bright colors he used in his famous portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. We can't certainly teach you an Art lesson here, but I can at least show you how to apply an Andy Warhol effect to your pictures.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

1. Start by opening up the photo you want to customize. The ones that work better are those with strong edges (so that we can easily cut the background out) and where the subject is looking at the camera.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

2. Duplicate the main layer by pressing Ctrl+J. In this newly created layer, select the background of the picture with the Polygonal Lasso tool and erase it. Then create another layer between those two and fill it with any color.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

3. Select the background copy layer and click on Image > Adjustments > Threshold. Move the slider until you can only see the main shapes in the picture.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

4. Now it's time to separate each are you want to colorize (air, face, clothes, etc.). Select each one from the main layer copy and paste them on a new layer each. Name those layers accordingly so you know where you are working on.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

5. Let's add some color! Select any of those layers you just created, press Ctrl while clicking on its thumbnail to select the area and then go to Edit > Fill. Select "color" in the drop-down menu and choose your favorite color. Press OK and then change the layer's blending mode to Multiply.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

6. Repeat the last step with every area you want to colorize, and you'll eventually have your very first Warhol-style portrait.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

7. Now just repeat the last two steps with different colors, and combine all of them into a single file. Your work of pop art is finished.

Andy Warhol effect Photoshop tutorial

Commented

  • charlene |
    15/04/09
    charlene

    Sorry to be a dummy, but how do you combine them into a single file?

  • Tomas |
    16/04/09
    Tomas

    Hi Charlene,

    You're not a dummy! Photoshop is a hard tool to master :)

    Combining several different images into a single file is very easy: open all the images you want to work with, and also create a new blank file that's big enough to hold them all. Then select each individual image (ctrl+A), copy it to the clipboard (ctrl+C) and paste it into the blank file (ctrl+V). Repeat these three steps with all the images, and they'll be all copied on different layers. You can then use the Move tool (V) to arrange them in the blank file.

    Hope this helps!

  • burcu eker |
    24/04/09
    burcu eker

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS TOPIC. I WAS JUST LOOKING FOR IT. I WANT TO CREATE MY SONS PHOTOS LİKE THIS AND THEN MAKE HIS PAINTING :)

  • beta-pix |
    22/09/09
    beta-pix

    nice smples thats pop-art effects....

  • Saunders Yee |
    30/08/12
    Saunders Yee

    Not bad, But the dude is missing one eye....I don't think that would go over to well if someone asked you to do this photo for them. But the rest is good, and there are many ways to get the base without threshold, or you could use a mask to put the eye back. Saunders

  • Jonathen |
    07/09/12
    Jonathen

    photo editing is hard when u first try it out but once you do it all the time it be easy

  • Ceci |
    09/12/12
    Ceci

    This was helpful to get started but I found that using the posterize effect worked better than manipulating the threshold. That way your picture doesn't have eyes missing.

  • kala boggs |
    05/09/13
    kala boggs

    this is very interesting

  • kala boggs |
    09/09/13
    kala boggs

    it is kinda hard when u try it oh well i gusse i should pratice more...

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