How to Create a Comic in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Create a Comic in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Comic filter in Photoshop Elements 11 takes your photo and converts it into a cartoon or comic-like illustration. This filter is easy to use with great results for most photos. Follow these steps to apply the new Comic filter:

  1. In either Expert or Quick mode, choose Filter→Sketch→Comic.

  2. In the filter dialog box, choose from four presets.

  3. From here you can adjust the default setting of the sliders for the various settings for the Color and Outline areas of the filtered image:

    • Soften: Creates rounder or rougher areas of colors.

    • Shades: Use a higher value to add more tonal levels.

    • Steepness: Use a higher value to make the colored areas more defined and contrasting.

    • Vibrance: Brightens the overall color of the image.

    • Thickness: Affects the thickness and blackness of the outlined strokes.

    • Smoothness: Fine-tunes your edges and enhances the overall filter effect.

  4. Adjust your view as needed by using the following controls.

    • Zoom: Zoom in and out for your desired view. You can also use the 1:1 view (recommended) or Fit in Window view.

    • Hand tool: Moves you around the image window when you are zoomed in.

  5. Click OK to apply the filter and close the dialog box.