Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How to Make Your Own Caricature Part I

Photoshop Caricature Tutorial
In this tutorial i'll share some basic tips on making your very own caricature. The primary tool that we'll be using is the Pen Tool one of the most powerful tools in PS, you may also refer to this article for further reading.

1. Create a new file and paste the portrait you want to draw. For this tutorial i'm using Megan Fox!
2. Adjust the opacity to 50% (upper right of the image below).
3. Select the Brush Tool (B) and choose the Hard Round Brush, size 5px.
4. Create a New Layer on top of it (Ctrl+Shft+N), you can name it Trace, because that's what we'll be doing, tracing the portrait down to the smallest details.
5. Select the Pen Tool (P) and start tracing, after you finish tracing a certain part, right-click then select Stroke Path, make sure Simulate Pressure is checked, then click OK.
6. Continue tracing the other parts, some parts require bolder lines, so switch back to the Brush Tool and change the size of the brush, after that go back to the Pen Tool and trace again.

It may not look much in the beginning, but as you go on and add more details, it'll start resembling your subject.

If you want a more detailed tutorial in using the Pen Tool, Click here.
7. Here's how it'll look like once you finish tracing all the parts of the face.
Remember to include the distinguishable marks (mole, wrinkles, clef chin, etc.), so that it'll look more identical to the person you're drawing.

Below are the different brush sizes i used for tracing various parts of the face.
Here's the half-finished product:
So that's it, basically what we did was to make a blueprint of our caricature. On the second part of this tutorial, we'll start with the coloring. Till then!


mike said...

your instructions are good, but may i ask what kind of software do you use?? pls. notify me.. jjhhooveemike@ymail.com...

Don said...

Hi Mike, i'm using Photoshop for all my tutorials here =)

loren said...

do u kno where i can find a simple print out stencil for my kid

dumn&bold said...

have u video tutorial..?

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