How to Make Pop Art in Photoshop

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How to Make Pop Art in Photoshop
Make pop art in Photoshop. (long race image by Steve Johnson from

Pop art is an artistic genre that began in the 1950s. It is defined by its concentration on the commercial and popular imagery the mass media perpetuates every day in print, television, film and the Internet. The works of Andy Warhol are typical of pop art, with their use of commercial products like Campbell's soup cans. Pop art takes these commonplace symbols and places them in a new context. If you would like to create your own pop art, you can use Photoshop to help you do it.

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Things you need

  • Scanner
  • Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Choose the image you want to incorporate into your work. Use a scanner to scan the desired image into your computer. Choose a high resolution setting in your scanner software to improve the scan's quality.

  2. 2

    Open Photoshop. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialogue that appears, go to the folder where you saved your image and open it.

  3. 3

    Select "Edit" from the menu and choose "Image Size." In the dialogue that appears, change the canvas size to 200 per cent. Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Right-click on the layer in the "Layers" palette and choose "Duplicate Layer." Repeat this until you have four layers. Use the "Move" tool to place each in a corner.

  5. 5

    Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Artistic." From the options, choose "Poster Edges." In the dialogue, set all the sliders to 0. Change the "Foreground" and "Background" colours to something bright like green or red.

  6. 6

    Select "Filter" and choose "Artistic." From the options, choose "Neon Glow" and click "OK." Save your work for printing.

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