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10 Cool Comic and Cartoon Effects for Photoshop

With so many film adaptations of comic book characters hitting the big screen, comic book styles and cartoons have never been more fashionable. Turn your photographs into cool comic book creations and more, with these Adobe Photoshop resources from Envato Elements where you can get unlimited resources for a monthly subscription.

1. Halftone Photoshop Actions

Halftone is the method of simulating continuous tone through dots. You can mimic this look with Halftone Photoshop Actions which includes four variations and a further ten duotone options.

Halftone Photoshop Actions
Halftone Photoshop Actions

2. Vintage Comic Creator

With an extensive selection of layer styles, patterns and overlays, the Vintage Comic Creator is perfect for making authentic-looking comic book designs. Just add text and images into the overlay PSD and then apply styles in one click!

Vintage Comic Creator
Vintage Comic Creator

3. Cartoon Melted Drips Action

Create a cool, vibrant melted look with this trippy Photoshop action. There’s a link to a detailed video tutorial in the download in case you get stuck. For a more pop-inspired alternative, also try  Splash FX Graphic Action.

Cartoon Melted Drips Action
Cartoon Melted Drips Action

4. Painting & Comics Photoshop Actions

12 professional Painting & Comics Photoshop Actions await you with this download, perfect for both photographers and graphic designers.

Painting  Comics Photoshop Actions
Painting & Comics Photoshop Actions

5. Mafia Painting Art CS6 & CC+ Photoshop Action

Cartoon styles inspired by popular games like Grand Theft Auto are fun and highly desirable. You can achieve that effect quickly and easily with the Mafia Painting download, which includes patterns, actions and overlays.

Mafia Painting Art CS6  CC Photoshop Action
Mafia Painting Art CS6 & CC+ Photoshop Action

6. Game Logo Text Styles

Game Logo Text Styles
Game Logo Text Styles

With 8, fully layered PSD files, it couldn’t be easier to create your own text in the style of a Game Logo. Background textures are included and the effect looks great on projects like posters, games or movies.

7. Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions

Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions are a collection of ten different comic filters to transform your photographs into something fun and funky. The actions work non-destructively, so they won’t affect your original image layer.

Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions
Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions

8. Rocking Retro PS Text Effects

These three text effects have shades of retro TV and games, reminiscent of Miami Vice, Stranger things, and Tron! Prepare to be transported back to the 80s with this cool Photoshop effect. Making a poster? Try the 80s Retro Poster Photoshop Action too.

Rocking Retro PS Text Effects
Rocking Retro PS Text Effects

9. Comic Book Custom Shapes

Custom shapes are a quick and easy way to add elements to your designs, and Comic Book Custom Shapes can be scaled and coloured without any loss of quality.

Comic Book Custom Shapes
Comic Book Custom Shapes

10. 21 Pixel Art Photoshop Actions

Pixel art is so much fun, but it can take a long time to create from scratch. 21 Pixel Art Actions turns your photographs into retro pixel art in just a few clicks. There are 21 colour palettes to choose from and 11 pixel sizes.

21 Pixel Art Photoshop Actions
21 Pixel Art Photoshop Actions

Tuts+ Tips

  • Choose pictures that show emotion or drama – a pretty landscape probably won’t convert to a cartoon very effectively.
  • Tell a story. Even if it’s just for fun, try to convey a message with your image.
  • Have fun with it, try mixing and matching some of these resources to create something really different.

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