Gimp Tips - Pseudo-Comic Book
Here's a way to make a photograph look kind of like a comic book panel. It doesn't create a real halftone pattern but it gives that kind of look and is easy to do. So easy, in fact, that I have made a script to do it for you. So you can follow the steps below, or just put that script file in share/gimp/2.0/scripts and run Script-Fu|Matt|Pseudo Comic.
- Here's the picture I'll be working with.
- Real life is grayer that comic books, so the first thing to do is to turn the saturation up about 50 or 60.
- Duplicate the layer and on the new top one do Colors|Desaturate using Luminosity. Duplicate that layer. Now you should have one color layer on bottom and two grayscale layers on top of it.
- On the middle layer do Filters|Distorts|Newsprint. Select CMYK. I prefer to use the "PS Square (Euclidean Dot)" spot function. You can set that on the black tab. Adjust the cell size to get a dot density that you like. Set the oversampling to 4 or 5.
- Use Colors|Levels and set the output levels to 85 to 171.
- Go to the top layer and set its mode to "Hard light". Merge that layer down into the halftoned one.
- Set the mode of that newly merged layer to "Soft Ligt" and merge it down. You should now have one layer with a dotted color picture.
- Add a border to make it look like it's off a comic book page. I did Select|All, Select|Shrink (by 5 in this case, but it depends on your image size), Select|Invert, and then bucket filled the selection with black.
- Add text boxes or speech bubbles to really make it look like a comic book.