Photo to Cartoon


Downloading and Installing
Starting the Application
Video Tutorial
Loading a Photo
Making a Cartoon
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Editing Colors
Editing Outlines
Step 4
Color Styles
Speech Bubbles
Saving a Cartoon
Saving Work in Progress
Making Coloring Pages
Frequently Asked Questions
Error Messages

Editing Colors

Editing colors in Step 3 is similar to modifying mosaic pieces. When a mosaic piece is too big, it can be split into multiple ones. When two pieces need to be joined together, they are merged. Different images require a different amount and type of editing.

To split an area, select Split after clicking on Edit Colors in the Step 3 toolbar

Edit Cartoon Colors

and click on the area. It will be split into two or more areas.

The two pictures below show the image before and after splitting an area (outlines are not shown). In this example the original area covers a portion of the head and a portion of the background.

Split Cartoon Area

Any resulting area can be split again.

The Edit Colors toolbar has three radio buttons for four modes: Split, Merge, Despeckle and Replace Color. To change the mode, select the corresponding radio button. After the mode is selected, click on the area to be changed.

To merge two areas together, select Merge in the toolbar

Edit Cartoon Colors

and click on the first area; it's border will be highlighted by a blue outline as shown below.

Merge Cartoon Areas

Next, click on the second area, the two areas will be merged into one and this larger area will become highlighted.

Merge Cartoon Area

Click on the additional areas (if any) to be merged with the currently highlighted area. In the example below four parts of the green background are all merged and so their shade becomes the same.

Merge Unconnected Cartoon Areas

The merging areas do not have to be connected. If areas that are not connected are merged, their colors become the same. When making a portrait, it may be useful to merge two eyes so that their color becomes the same.

Summarizing, in the Merge mode, the first click selects the first merging area and the second click selects the second one and actually does the merge. A click on the third area adds this area to the first two. To select a different first merging area, right-click on that area. Very small areas are hard to click on. They can be merged with the surrounding large area by selecting the Despeckle mode and clicking on the large area.

When two areas are merged, the color of the new area is the average of the two colors. So during Split, Merge and Despeckle operations the colors of the areas are always changing. It is possible to change the color of an area to any desired color. Select Replace Color in the toolbar,

Edit Cartoon Colors

click on the area and choose a new color from the saved custom colors or the color palette.

Replace Cartoon Color

Replace Color mode can also be used to save the current color of an area for further use. Check the Replace Color option and click on the area. In the pop-up color menu, click Add to Custom Colors and then click OK. Up to 15 colors can be saved this way.

It makes sense to replace colors after the splitting and merging of the image (or of a part of the image) is done because if a re-colored area is split or merged, its color is changed to the original one. Also merging is often best done after splitting.

Any operation of the Edit Colors set can be undone (and redone) using the Undo and Redo buttons. The image can be zoomed in with the Zoom In button.

All the editing techniques discussed above are also shown in a short Video Tutorial.


Next topic - Editing Outlines