Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create An Andy Warhol Serigraphy Effect



A friend of mine, who really loves Andy Warhol, has asked me to explain him a technique to change pictures into sort of Warhol serigraphies, like the Marilyn Monroe's ones; in this tutorial I will explain how to make that effect.


End result:
How To Create An Andy Warhol Serigraphy Effect Final Image

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avatar angeluzend

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Step 1

First of all we've to observe an Andy Warhol serigraphy.
In this kind of works we can notice 3 typical features:
1. an high contrast
2. a little square-texture
3. large zones of flat color
Then we'll try to reproduce them in our pictures.

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I've taken my original photo (the red girl) in Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lst1984/


Step 2

I have Photoshop 7.0, but I use very common tools, so probably you can make this effect even with older versions.

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I suggest to duplicate your image and keep always an invisible layer with the original picture.
To duplicate the image click on the Marquee tool (1) and then click, with the right button of the mouse, on your image: choose the option Duplicate layer. If you want you can give a new name to the copy (I'll call this new layer Grey).

The first step to create shadows with an high constrast is desaturating your image. Be sure that you're working on the Grey layer clicking on it (2), and then desaturate it:
press Shft+Cntrl+U
or go in Image > Adjustments > Desaturate


Step 3

Now that the image is in black and white, we'll use the Curves window to create an higher contrast:
press Shft+Ctrl+M
or go in Image > Adjustments > Curves

Here try to make a curved line like the one I've done in my example. It's not important make it identical, the most important thing is that you remember to tick the Preview so you can check the result.

The level of dark and light that you choose will weigh a lot upon your final result.


Step 4

To give our image a look more similar to our model, Marilyn Monroe, we'll use the Unsharp Mask:
go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask

As usually there aren't precise parameters, but you have to use your instinct (and the Preview box) to decide the right amount and radius because every image is different; just try to don't exaggerate with the percentages or you'll get a "sandy" image.
Anyway me I used an amount of 106% and a 3 pixels radius.


Step 5

Now we'll keep just the shadows of our photo, in this way:
go to Select > Color Range

Then set:
Select: Sampled Colors
and choose Selection (3) to see a little Preview of the parts you'll select (the Selection is visualized in white).

With the first Eyedropper (1) click in a dark point (2) of your image.

Personally I always use a Fuzziness that allowed me to see in white (I'm mean in the Preview) at least eyes and nose.


Step 6

Create now a new layer (I'll call it Shadows) clicking New layer in the Layers window (1).

In this new transparent layer we'll have the shadows:
use the Paint Bucket tool with a black color and click into the area previously selected with the Color Range Selection.
If you set the other layers as invisible clicking on the eye (2) you'll see better the result.


Step 7

Return working on the Original Picture layer:
with the Pen tool (or with your favourite tool) select the face and the other parts of the photo where the skin is visible.

Remember that you have not to follow perfectly the edges, like in Andy Warhol's serigraphies.

If you use the Pen tool, when you have finished to draw the path, click with the right button on your image and select Make Selection:
in the window set the Feather Radius to 0, tick the Anti-aliased option and create a New Selection.


Step 8

Create a new layer, like in the 6th step, and fill the selection with the Paint Bucket tool setted on a pale pink color.

Now repeat the steps 7 and 8 for any part you want having its own different color.
I suggest you to create a layer for every part, so in case you'd change idea on some color it'll be easier change it.

Personally I've done a layer for the hair, the backgroung, the skin, the eyeshadow and one for mouth, teeth and eyes together. When I've been sure of the result I've merged all the colored layers (Ctrl+E).


Step 9

Now we just need to add the little square-pattern, and we'll procede in this way:
1. create a new layer, all white (you can fill it with the Painter Bucket tool or simply color it with a big white Brush)
2. go to Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern

For the size and the contrast choose 1, and a Dot Pattern type (1). Be sure that your Foreground and Background colors (2) are setted on black and white.


Step 10

Lastly, to give our pattern an old look:
go to Filter > Noise > Add noise

In the window choose Gaussian Distribuition (1), and tick the Monocromatic option (1). I suggest an amount of 10-20% in this case, but it's always better checking the result with the Preview.

The Pattern layer has to be setted in a Multiply style (2) and filled for a 20-25% (3).


Step 11

Now that the tutorial is finished, just a last precisation:

Obviously changing the colors your work will have a different look, but even steps 3 and 5 are very important because changing the values your results could be very different.


Step 12

If you want you can even delete the background, to make the image less confused and concentrate all the attention on the subject.

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I hope my tutorial could be useful, and I ask you to be merciful if my english isn't perfect.
Grazie (thank you).






46 Comments:

avatar Akassa
Akassa says:

This is called pop art i guess nice tutorial

(5 years and 2599 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

very cool i always wanted to make pop art and all but didnt know the method now i will definetly try this one

(5 years and 2597 days ago)
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Guest says:

amazing

thanku verymuch

(5 years and 2589 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice tutorials
yeah..its a pop-art effect...
we are also using that effect on our sample works
specially the ANDY WARHOL EFFECT

(5 years and 2584 days ago)
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Guest says:

very cool

(5 years and 2584 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very Good

(5 years and 2583 days ago)
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Guest says:

Uh its awsome!!!!!!!! But hard to follow alittle!!!!!BUT MOSTLY AWSOME!!

(5 years and 2582 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow that is awsome (NOT)

(5 years and 2580 days ago)
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Guest says:

that is cool i should try it some day!

(5 years and 2580 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice tutorial....
i will use it as my referenz,,,,
i'l keep u posted...

(5 years and 2534 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank you for the tut its nice

(5 years and 2525 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks... very cool.

(5 years and 2482 days ago)
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Guest says:

An excellent tutorial, have just tried it out and love the end result, thanks for sharing.

(5 years and 2452 days ago)
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Guest says:

GOOD JOB!

(5 years and 2441 days ago)
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Guest says:

GOOD JOB!

(5 years and 2441 days ago)
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Guest says:

You are very sweet to share. Thanks

(5 years and 2387 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow..i learned alot:] thank you:0

(5 years and 2370 days ago)
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Guest says:

Good...

(5 years and 2362 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank you very much!

(5 years and 2358 days ago)
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Guest says:

lamme

(5 years and 2356 days ago)
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Guest says:

feakin confusing

(5 years and 2352 days ago)
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ballz and weinerzzz

(5 years and 2351 days ago)
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Guest says:

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(5 years and 2351 days ago)
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Guest says:

get a life play a sport instead of sitting in front of a fuckn computer all day. SUCK MAJOR COCKAGE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

(5 years and 2351 days ago)
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Guest says:

i love andrew hill

(5 years and 2350 days ago)
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Guest says:

what the

(5 years and 2350 days ago)
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Guest says:

ur face

(5 years and 2349 days ago)
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Guest says:

FUCKING BITCHES TALKING SHIT ABOUT ANDREW HILL.....

(5 years and 2348 days ago)
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Guest says:

THIS TUTORIAL IS VERY GOOD. THOSE WHO TALK SHIT ABOUT THIS TUTORIAL TALK SHIT BECAUSE THEY ARE STUPID; THEY CAN'T FOLLOW A BASIC TUTORIAL.

(5 years and 2348 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice nice tutorial.
here is another one
http://www.canvasfabriken.se/tutorials/warhol_english

(5 years and 2289 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is de coolest thing eva

(5 years and 2254 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is de coolest thing eva

(5 years and 2254 days ago)
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Guest says:

Still dont get how to do it!!!

(5 years and 2153 days ago)
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Guest says:

Really great! One of the best on Pop Art. Thanks!

(5 years and 2120 days ago)
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Guest says:

Cheers

(5 years and 2098 days ago)
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sara [banned] says:

Obrigada (thanks)!

(5 years and 2083 days ago)
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Crimson says:

Ahh, this is exactly the effect I was looking for. Much better than the too basic ink stamp-type pop-art tutorials I've found. Thank you for sharing this, I'm excited to try it for myself.

(5 years and 1979 days ago)
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Guest says:

Its called photobooth- Pop Art

(5 years and 1712 days ago)
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Guest says:

omgoshh! thanks soo much for this it's helped me sooo much with my coursework! (:

(5 years and 1699 days ago)
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Guest says:

i agree. why sit here on the computer all day when you could be out actually painting this stuff if you wanted

(5 years and 1420 days ago)
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Guest says:

i agree. why sit here on the computer all day when you could be out actually painting this stuff if you wanted

(5 years and 1420 days ago)
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Guest says:

you're a kind of magician

respect for you

(5 years and 1415 days ago)
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Guest says:

Learn some grammar please, I can barely read this.

(5 years and 1415 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is awesome

(5 years and 1414 days ago)
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[banned] says:

this toutorial helped alot im glad it was posted

(5 years and 1414 days ago)
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hasan [banned] says:

goooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!

(5 years and 1377 days ago)


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