How to add cartoon effects to photos in Photoshop.
Follow this tutorial to quickly transform your photo into a cartoon picture.
1. Add your image.
Choose the image you want to cartoonise into Photoshop.
2. Convert your image into a Smart Object so you can make non-destructive edits.
Go to the Filter menu and click Convert for Smart Filters.
3. Apply the Poster Edges effect.
Click Filter › Filter Gallery › Artistic: Poster Edges. From here, you can set a high Edge Thickness, set the Edge Intensity to a low value or add a low Posterisation value depending on the image.
4. Save your cartoonised photo.
Use Save As to convert your photos into any format you need — from JPGs to PNGs, TIFFs and beyond.
When it comes to Poster Edge effect adjustments, a higher edge thickness will make heavier, more noticeable edges, while a low edge intensity will give you a cleaner, less gritty look. Posterisation values control how simplified the colours in the photo are. A higher value will give a more screen-printed look, while a lower value will retain more colour gradations.
Go further with the caricature look.
If you have a selfie or portrait and want to create an illustrated version of yourself in the style of a caricature cartoonist, simply overlay another filter to exaggerate the eyes. Here’s how: