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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing: Deke's Techniques

Convert a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist known for parodying pulp comic strips—transforming them into oversized original artwork featuring bold color and Ben-Day dots, a tonal treatment used in commercial printing. His images, like Oh, Jeff … I Love You, Too … But… and Whaam!, are instantly recognizable and frequently the object of parody themselves. This week Deke returns to show you how to transform any photograph into a Lichtenstein-style comic panel with Adobe Photoshop.

Instead of faking it with the Color Halftone filter, Deke shows you how to overlay uniform Ben-Day-like dots using a Basic Graphics Dots swatch. This technique also uses the Photocopy filter and some hand-painting techniques to create the final effect. Click on the free video below to get started.

lynda.com members should visit the library to finish off their pop art portraits with a very Lichtenstein-style speech bubble. Not a member? Click through to learn how to join, and come back next Tuesday for another free video.

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