pop art

When it comes to pop art, you can’t forget the king of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein. He was a famous American artist in 1960s and started a new art movement which we know today with the name of Pop Art. His famous creations include “Drowning Girl”, “Look Mickey”, “Whaam”, and the numbers are just countless.

In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a vintage style pop art effect using Photoshop. We’ll try to achieve the Roy Lichtenstein style to some extent. We’ll use some adjustments, filters, and colors to replicate this effect.

Step 1

Open up the image in which you to replicate the pop art effect. I am using the Scarlett Johansson image for this tutorial but feel free to use your own one. Go to File > Open and open the image.

Step 2

Use the Pen Tool (P) to remove the background and then create a new layer underneath it by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + N. Fill this layer with blue color. First, set the foreground color to blue and then press ALT + BACKSPACE to fill the layer.

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and then desaturate the image by dragging the Saturation slider all the way to left. Remember to use this layer as Clipping Mask so it won’t affect the background layer filled with blue color.

Creating the Halftone Pattern

Step 4

Create a Threshold adjustment layer and enter the Threshold Level to 142. You can experiment on the value here but don’t overdo it here otherwise it will make the entire image too jagged or pixelated.

I also reduced the opacity of Threshold to 50%.

Step 5

Convert the image into Smart Object, right click on the image and then choose “Convert to Smart Objects”. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and then enter the value of the Radius to 0.6px.

To create a halftone pattern on the image we’ll use the Filter Gallery. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery and then choose the Halftone Pattern.

Set the Size to 2, Contrast to 29 and Pattern type to Dot.

Here you can see the halftone pattern and remember if you are getting the halftone pattern effect too sharp then add more Gaussian Blur to fix it.

Coloring the Image

Step 6

Now we’ll colorize the image. To do this, create a new layer and then make the selection of the lips using the Pen Tool (P) and then fill the selection with red color.

Similarly, paint on the face on a new layer with hard round brush using a face color. You can retrieve the selection of the lips to make sure that you don’t paint over them.


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Now paint on the hair using the yellow color:

Finally, complete the coloring by painting on the dress and on her earrings.

You are almost done!

Finally, I added some speech!! So this is how you can replicate a pop art effect inspired by Roy Lichtenstein

Here is the final outcome:


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