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Photoshop Tutorial: Andy Warhol Effect

Who is Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

About the PS effect tutorial

There maybe several tutorials on how to create an “Andy Warhol” effect on the internet. This tutorial is my version on how to achieve that Photoshop effect.

Step by step Procedure

  1. Open image in Photoshop
  2. Using the Magnetic Lasso tool, create selection of your image. Then Press Ctrl + C to copy selection.
  3. Create a new Canvass and paste the copied selection
  4. Click Image > Adjustments > Desaturate
  5. Click Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast
  6. Brightness: +32; Contrast: +35;

  7. Click Filter > Artistic > Cutout
  8. Number of Levels: 8; Edge Simplicity: 2; Edge Fidelity: 2;

  9. Click Image > Adjustments > Levels
  10. Input Levels: 78; 1.00; 216;

  11. Click Filter > Artistic > Cutout
  12. Number of Levels: 8; Edge Simplicity: 4; Edge Fidelity: 2;

  13. Change the Background Color using the Paint Bucket tool.
  14. Create a New layer above the Image layer.
  15. From the top most layer, hold Ctrl from your keyboard then Click on the thumbnail of the image layer to Load Selection.
  16. Color the selection from the top most layer using the Paint Bucket tool.
  17. Change the layer mode of the top most layer to “Screen” or “Multiply”. Choose which ever results to a better quality.
  18. Click File > Save As.. then save the file as 001.jpg. Then you’re done with one.
  19. Repeat the steps but this time use different colors. Then save image as 002.jpg, 003.jpg, and 004.jpg for the next remaining images
  20. Create a new canvass twice as long and twice as wide with our saved images.
  21. Open the saved images and drag it to our new canvass and arrange the images like so and you’re done.

21 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: Andy Warhol Effect

  1. I love pop art and have always been a fan of Andy Warhol and how he made pop art go mainstream. He even gave us the term ’15 minutes of fame’ which is relevant to so many people in the media these days!

  2. Oh my! That’s amazing. I saw an Andy Warhol painting when I went to Singapore and true Andy Warhol style is different from everyone. Everything just pops out when he paints.

  3. This is a really cool tutorial. I have seen many Warhol pieces in person and to replicate pop art digitally is really cool.

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