How to Convert a Photo for the Cartoon Filter in Photoshop

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How to Convert a Photo for the Cartoon Filter in Photoshop
You can turn your normal photos into cartoons using Photoshop. (Cartoon Eye image by hellotim from

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful software tool that allows you to manipulate digital image files. One of the many features of Photoshop is the ability to insert filters. Filters in Photoshop originated from the concept used in photography of placing a filter over a lens. It simply allows you to alter the way the original image appears. Converting a photo into a cartoon requires the use of the "Poster Edges" filter and the "Cutout" filter in Photoshop.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop as well as the original photo you want to convert into a cartoon.

  2. 2

    Open the "Poster Edges" filter by clicking the "Filter" tab at the top of the application. Then select "Artistic" and "Poster Edges." A dialogue box that allows you to change settings appears. Click "OK" to use the default settings.

  3. 3

    Change the "Brightness and Contrast" settings by clicking the "Image" tab. Then select "Adjustments" and "Brightness/Contrast." Set "Brightness" to "10" and "Contrast" to "30." Click "OK" to save your settings.

  4. 4

    Apply the "Cutout" filter to complete the cartoon look of the image. Click "Filter," "Artistic" and "Cutout." Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Save your file. Be sure to change the file name if you want to keep the old file as well.

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