The Graphic Novel Filter in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Graphic Novel filter might take a bit of experimentation to create the effect you want. But after you get your settings established, the look is pretty fun and the result is like an illustration sketched for a graphic novel.

All the colors in your images convert to grayscale when you use this filter.

[Credit: ©istockphoto.com/pamspix]
Credit: ©istockphoto.com/pamspix

In the Graphic Novel filter dialog box, choose from four presets:

  • Painted Gray: Creates an effect with a lot of midtone grays.

  • Fine Detail: Results in an image with more white areas and an emphasis on retaining detail.

  • Hard Edges: Like Fine Detail, but the overall look is more contrasty and the edges are more “sketchy” and less finely rendered.

  • Twisted Plot: Creates a harsher effect with more dark areas.

Then, using the sliders, you can adjust the default settings for the filtered image:

  • Darkness: A higher value creates more areas of lightness.

  • Clean Look: A higher value makes smoother, more refined strokes.

  • Contrast: The higher the value, the more contrasty — and, overall, darker — an image appears. A lower value produces a lower-contrast, light-gray image.

  • Thickness: Affects the thickness and blackness of the outlined strokes. A higher value produces a “goopier” stroke appearance.

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