How to Turn a Photo to Cartoon Logo in Photoshop

Creating a cartoon effect in Photoshop involves using various filters and adjustments to simplify and stylize the image. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Open Your Image:

  1. Launch Photoshop and open the image you want to turn into a cartoon.

2. Duplicate the Layer:

  1. Right-click on the background layer in the Layers panel and choose “Duplicate Layer.”

3. Apply the Posterize Filter:

  1. With the duplicated layer selected, go to Image > Adjustments > Posterize.
  2. Adjust the levels to simplify the color range. A lower number of levels will result in a more cartoon-like effect.

4. Apply the Cutout Filter:

  1. With the duplicated layer selected, go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout.
  2. Adjust the Number of Levels, Edge Simplicity, and Edge Fidelity to achieve a stylized, simplified appearance.

5. Convert to Smart Object:

  1. Right-click on the duplicated layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object.”
  2. This step allows you to apply additional filters as Smart Filters, making them non-destructive and editable.

6. Apply the Gaussian Blur:

  1. With the Smart Object layer selected, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  2. Apply a slight blur to smooth out any harsh edges. Adjust the radius to your preference.

7. Add Adjustment Layers:

  1. Create adjustment layers (e.g., Levels, Curves, or Hue/Saturation) to enhance or modify the colors and contrast.
  2. Experiment with these adjustments to achieve the desired cartoonish look.

8. Create a New Layer for Outlines:

  1. Create a new layer on top of all layers.
  2. Use the Brush tool to draw black lines outlining prominent features, such as eyes, nose, and mouth. This step adds a comic book-style outline.

9. Adjust Opacity (Optional):

  1. Adjust the opacity of the outline layer to make the lines more subtle. Experiment to find the right balance.

10. Add Color Overlay (Optional):

  1. Create a new layer beneath the outline layer.
  2. Use the Brush tool to add flat colors to different areas of the image, mimicking a traditional cartoon style.

11. Fine-Tune Details:

  1. Zoom in and fine-tune details using the Brush tool, Eraser tool, and other tools as needed.

12. Save Your Image:

  1. Save your work in Photoshop format (File > Save or File > Save As).
  2. Export the image for sharing or printing (File > Export > Export As).


  • Experiment with Filters: Try different combinations of filters and adjustments to achieve the cartoon effect you like.
  • Color Choices: Play with color saturation and tones to create a vibrant and dynamic cartoon appearance.
  • Brush Settings: Adjust the brush settings, such as size and hardness, for precise detailing.
  • Combine Techniques: Combine various techniques, such as adding outlines and color overlays, to enhance the cartoon effect.

Remember that the cartoon effect can be highly stylized, and personal preferences play a significant role in achieving the desired look. Feel free to experiment with different settings and techniques to create a cartoon style that suits your vision.

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