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30 Top Comic Text & Cartoon Effects With Photoshop Actions

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Fan of cartoon edits? Create comic text and cartoon effects with Photoshop actions faster than ever before. Check out this list of helpful resources below.

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30 Best Comic Text & Cartoon Effects With Photoshop Actions

Do you love cartoon edits? Do you want to know how to make photos into cartoons in Photoshop with a few simple clicks? Actions make it possible to create the coolest cartoon effects in Photoshop without any prior software knowledge.

We know how hard it is to feel confident designing your own cartoons, so that's why we've put together this list of the best cartoon photo effects and comic text actions that are easy to use. 

Just open your photo and run these actions to enjoy quirky and hilarious cartoon effects. Color them with high-quality presets and customize them with text and more!

Enjoy this selection of top-notch resources hand-picked from Envato Elements.

Vintage Comic Creator: Cartoon Effect With Photoshop (ASL, PAT, PSD)

If you not only want to know how to make cartoon pictures, but also create cartoon edits inspired text and shape effects, then rough out your ideas with this smart vintage comic creator. This simple action creates a comic book-inspired text effect you can efficiently apply to any logo or text. Included in this download are several patterns, layer styles, and overlays that are completely editable. 

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GTA Photoshop Cartoon Effect (ATN, PSD)

Make your photo into a cartoon and recreate famous cartoon edits from the wicked video game series, Grand Theft Auto. This cartoon filter Photoshop action comes from designer Indworks and helps you mimic your favorite game quickly. Enjoy the 15 colorful presets and 5 collage templates you'll get with this Photoshop cartoon effect. 

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Animated Zombie Grime Art: Cartoon Filter for Photoshop (ATN, PAT, PDF)

This cartoon action Photoshop set can help you to achieve that trendy zombie grime effect with no effort. And beyond that, the cartoon filter for Photoshop creates an amazing animation. You can save this animation as a video or GIF file and easily use it for your social media profiles.

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Cartoonize Photoshop Cartoon Filter (ATN)

Cartoonize Photoshop Action is one of the best Photoshop cartoon filters, and it can show you how to turn a picture into a cartoon with no professional skills. You could create unique cartoon edits such as CD covers, posters, flyers, and much more with this product.

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Cartoon Melted Drips Photoshop Cartoon Action (ATN, PDF)

Looking for unique cartoon edits? Convert a photo to a cartoon Photoshop artwork with this cartoon melted drips action. Experiment with different shapes and colors to create organic dripping fluid right on your work. This Photoshop cartoon action is compatible with Photoshop versions CS6 and above and uses 25 color scripts.

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Ink Scribbles Animation Photoshop Action: Cartoon Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

Do you want to know how to cartoon a picture and make it look alive? Try to animate your cartoons fast with this next Photoshop action. Ink Scribbles creates a one-of-a-kind animation effect you can upload to Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make an amazing quality animation in much less time. 

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Gradient Duotone Design Photoshop Action: Photo to Cartoon in Photoshop (ATN)

Change your pic to a cartoon or make your illustrations and photos look psychedelic with this gradient duotone action. With just one click, this action generates 25 colorful duotone effects decorated with large halftone blobs. Use it for presenting your work online or for traditional media.

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Painting & Comics: Photoshop Action for Cartoons (ATN)

Get two amazing effects in one incredible download! This pack of Photoshop actions for cartoons features 12 professional actions to create stunning painting and comic book-inspired results. They're fully compatible with Mac and PC devices, and the set includes an easy-to-follow user guide.

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Conceptum 3D Sketch Cartoon Action for Photoshop (ATN, PAT, ABR)

Make imaginative concepts that pop right off the paper! This Photoshop action for cartoons has 20 colorful presets and more fantastic options. You'll get additional great files like Photoshop brushes and patterns to make your projects complete! Check this top cartoon action for Photoshop out!

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Concepter: Plein Air Sketch Cartoon Filter for Photoshop (ATN)

If your client tells you, "Turn my picture into a cartoon," you have an easy tool to recreate not only the cartoon look, but also to add the plein air technique to add movement and gorgeous colors to the work. This cartoon action for Photoshop features well-organized layers and additional help files.

Check out the video demonstration on YouTube to see how the cartoon filter for Photoshop works!

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Cell Shader Cartoon Effect Photoshop Action (ATN)

How can you cartoonize a photo and add a cel-shading art technique at the same time? You can achieve that look with this one-step cartoon effect Photoshop action. Just open up the photo you'd like to use, and then press play to see it shaded. Try it out on friends, animals, and stock photos for a brilliant effect!

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Foil Balloon Text: Cartoon Effect Photoshop Action (PSD, ATN)

Spell out a quirky message to your followers with this epic foil balloon text cartoon effect Photoshop action. Featuring one Photoshop file that works with any text or shape, this action lets you experiment with different colors and textures for the desired result. Use it on logos, posters, and headers!

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Illustrator Vector Cartoon Effect Photoshop Action (ABR, PAT)

If you want to achieve vector-like effects and turn your picture into a cartoon, then try this next cartoon effect Photoshop action. Enjoy 20 colorful options along with amazing presets to turn your pictures into creative cartoons. Keep in mind it does require an additional filter, so make sure you grab the oil paint filter too!

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Scribble Doodle Collage: Photoshop Cartoon Effect (ATN, PAT, PDF)

Turn your photo into a cartoon and scribble all over your pictures with this clever Photoshop cartoon effect. Master the collage effect with unique design layouts and fun doodle details. Designed to look like hand-drawn elements, this scribble action is perfectly suited for posters and more!

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MicroPro Cartoon Filter Photoshop Action (ATN)

Create a cartoon from a photo and add a realistic oil painting effect with just the click of a button! This next Photoshop action set from MicroPro includes non-destructive actions that won't ruin your original photos. Try it out with high-resolution images for the best results!

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Cell Shader 2 Photoshop Cartoon Filter (ATN)

A sequel to the original cel shader action, this Photoshop cartoon filter creates a gorgeous cartoon look. To use it on your photos, simply fill the subject with color before pressing play. In seconds, a cel-shaded result will appear which you can further customize with more colors. Give it a go!

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Comic Book Text Styles: Photoshop Cartoon Action (EPS, AI)

If you already know how to make a picture look like a cartoon, you probably need some cool cartoon-looking comic text effects. This Photoshop cartoon action contains 11 styles which you could apply to your text and then add to your picture to make it look like a comic book page.

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Retro Comic Book Style: Cartoon Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT, PSD)

Create cool cartoon pictures and comic book pages with this powerful tool. The kit comes bundled with 15 vector speech bubbles, 15 vector comic elements, 12 vector comic sound effects, 5 comic book frame templates, and 2 free comic book mockup templates. So it contains all the necessary tools for a quick start.

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Urban Mixed Art: Photo to Cartoon Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

Cartoon your picture and add a creative look to your images using the Urban Mixed Art - Photo to Cartoon Photoshop Action. This action is the best choice if you want to create urban and city artworks in a few simple steps. The final result comes in a fully customizable PSD file with editable layers, colors, and elements.

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ModernArt 3 Photoshop Action for Cartoons (ATN, PNG)

Talk about a dynamic and energetic Photoshop action for cartoons! With this modern art action, you'll transmit good vibes, color, and creativity. Easily fill your images with color. If you need any help getting started, this Photoshop action comes with a tutorial!

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Grunge Painting Cartoon Action for Photoshop (ATN, ABR, PAT)

This cartoon action for Photoshop is called "Grunge Painting" for a reason. Give your cartoons and illustrations a digital touch. It has more daring elements and can easily fit all of your projects. Plus, you can edit this with a slew of Photoshop versions: CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, and CC2017.

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PolyEx Cartoon Filter for Photoshop (ABR, ATN)

It’s a cartoon Photoshop action with geometric shapes and a futuristic look and feel. Download this super cool effect to add design value and extra oomph to your images and illustrations. Play with this cartoon filter for Photoshop, and if you need any help, resort to its video tutorial.

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Watercolor Cartoon Effect Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

Try this impressionist take on a cartoon effect Photoshop action, with its blurred lines and blended colors. Aptly named Watercolor Photoshop Action, you'll see splashes of vibrant hues here and there. Create stunning works of art easily with this high-quality cartoon action for Photoshop. 

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Synergy Cartoon Effect Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PNG, PAT)

Radiate vitality, strength, and stamina with the Synergy Photoshop Action for Cartoons. See how color and spirit ooze from the screen and jump out at you. It will make your audience see and remember your work for a long time. Download this cartoon effect Photoshop action to unleash its full potential.

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Digital Sketch Photoshop Cartoon Effect (ABR, ATN, PAT)

This is an entirely different take on the cartoon Photoshop actions. It turns your sketches, pictures, illustrations, and other creative projects into black and white sketches. Additionally, it includes ten color variations. This means you can turn your drawings into anything you want with this amazing Photoshop cartoon effect.

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Konstuct Cartoon Filter Photoshop Action (ATN)

Break the barrier between realistic and virtual designs. The attention to detail in this Photoshop action will have your audience wondering if it's a photo or a drawing. However, its splashes of color will enrich your creative projects with sprinkles of life.

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Vintage Painter Photoshop Cartoon Filter (ABR, ATN, PAT)

You'll believe you're dreaming with the Vintage Painter Photoshop Action. It has a watercolor effect like some of the other Photoshop actions we've seen here. But it has a vintage twist to it. The use of colors, stained style, and smudged edges give it an antique look. This Photoshop cartoon filter is perfect for artists that love a classic aesthetic.

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Concept Sketch Photoshop Cartoon Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)

There's magic in architectural and industrial design. Give your projects an unfinished but elegant look with the Concept Sketch Photoshop Cartoon Action. It's the perfect balance between rough and delicate, with great attention to detail and grittiness.

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Artist Cartoon Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

The stained blotches of color give this Photoshop action the look and feel of contained chaos. So much so that it will make your audience do a double take. However, the smeared look doesn't mean this Photoshop action is messy. On the contrary, its layers are well-structured to ensure you have a smooth editing experience.

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SprayJoint Photo to Cartoon Photoshop Action (ATN, PDF)

Last but definitely not least, we can't forget about the ultimate animated style: spray painting! Graffiti is a modern art form you can't miss in any creative collection. Include it in your illustrations without much fuss with this amazing photo to cartoon Photoshop action.

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Our Top 10 Photo to Cartoon Photoshop Actions

Over on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel, we share with you our top 10 favorite cartoon Photoshop actions.

Show Us Your Cartoon Effects!

Tried any of these assets? Let us know! Tell us your favorite cartoon effects in the comments below.

This has been a collection of premium resources perfect for the avid designer and photographer. For more cool cartoon effects, check out Envato Elements. Happy designing!

Looking for some more cool Photoshop effects and actions? Or maybe you are looking for cartoon Photoshop tutorials? Check out these awesome resources:

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Dacia EgurrolaDacia is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.

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