Comic books and graphic novels combine two things every designer aspires to meld: real meaning and pure, unadulterated eye candy. Here we introduce 30 of the best ever tuts on using Photoshop to create stunning comic-book style art, along with 20 insane comic-book style effects.
Note: This post was originally posted in September 2008 and has since been updated to include new links and remove old ones, as of November 2016.
10 Photoshop Tutorials From Envato Tuts+
Let's begin with tutorials from none other than our amazing instructors here at Envato Tuts+. From photo manipulations to fun comic text effects, dive into these incredible tutorials to learn more about comic and cartoon art.
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Cartoon Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopJan Stverak
- Text EffectsQuick Tip: Create a Gold Cartoon Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer StylesJan Stverak
- Pixel ArtHow to Create a Pixel Art Portrait in Adobe PhotoshopRené Alejandro Hernández
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Quick Sketch Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Sketch Effect Action in Adobe PhotoshopMarko Kožokar
- Photo EffectsPhotoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create an Easy Sketch Effect With ActionsMelody Nieves
- CartoonHow to Draw, Ink and Colour a Cartoon Car in Adobe PhotoshopJames Butler
- Digital PaintingHow to Create a Pastel Painted Landscape in Adobe PhotoshopYulia Sokolova
- Fan ArtHow to Create a Dark Batman Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopJenny Le
- Fan ArtHow to Create an Apocalypse-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Adobe PhotoshopMelody Nieves
20 Top Tutorials From the Web
The next tutorials hail from all over the web. Learn how to create interesting comic effects and more, using only Adobe Photoshop.
10 Comic Style Text Effects
Now for the goodies! Included in this selection are 10 amazing comic-book style Text Effects and Layer Styles taken from GraphicRiver and Envato Elements. Download these awesome assets to get access to these incredible effects.
This awesome package comes complete with 8 different comic book style text effects. Apply them easily to your headlines and titles and customize them easily using the fully editable layers.
If you can't get enough of some of your favorite cartoon classics, then you're sure to love these amazing Photoshop styles. Included in this package are 10 amazingly different styles perfect for your next comic book and so much more!
Pow, wham, and bam your way to the top with these fun Photoshop styles! Designed after that classic comic book look, download this file to get access to six uniquely different comic book text effects.
Create impressive designs with these gorgeous 3D Photoshop text effects. Inspired by the wonderful charm of old-school cartoons, these text effects are perfect for logos, titles, and so much more!
Who doesn't love a great bundle? Spend your money the smart way with these high-impact Photoshop text effects. They're designed after blockbuster movies and amazing video game effects, and you'll definitely want to check out what you can create with these wonderful assets.
If you're looking for that classic comic book look, then you'll love these vintage text styles. This package features 11 unique text effects, and even includes vector splashes, speech bubbles, and explosions!
If the allure of retro design is more your style, check out this awesome vintage comic creator. Not only does this package include all the elements you need to create a classic design, but it also includes additional layer styles you can apply to text and more!
Roll up your sleeves and dive into everything comic-related with this amazing comic book tool kit. Among some of the incredible goodies in this package, you'll also find a bonus set of layer styles to amp up your text effects and bring your designs to a whole new level!
Vintage text effects are jam packed with charming design. And you can get access to this incredible package by downloading this wonderful set of 10 different Photoshop text effects. All backgrounds are included as well as links to free font downloads.
Give your comic book designs that high quality vintage look with this set of retro styled text effects. Included are 30 customizable files that will perfectly incorporate that touch of vintage design into your next creative projects.
10 Comic Style Photoshop Actions
Last but not least, let's throw some incredible Photoshop Actions into the mix as well. From Sin City-inspired effects to amazing cell shading, try out these actions curated from Envato Elements and Envato Market.
Instantly turn your photos into a cool comic book with this awesome Photoshop action. This action can work with any size image and includes a help file along with the download for more helpful information.
Convert your original photos into a creative cartoon style with this fun Photoshop action. Included in this package are four unique Photoshop actions with a full user guide and easy-to-follow instructions.
Download and load this amazing Photoshop action to give your photos or artwork that fun comic book look! This action includes many different styles to choose from and is best if completed in RGB Mode before converting to CMYK.
Transform your photos into a work of art with this fun pencil drawing Photoshop action. This bundle features 10 Photoshop actions at a new, remarkably low price. Get access to effects like the image below and so much more!
If you don't have the time to learn the technique of cell shading, consider giving this Photoshop action a try! With this Photoshop action, you simply drag a photo onto your document and play the action for a cool cell shading effect.
Have you ever wanted your own comic book? Well now you can have it with this amazingly awesome Photoshop action. Perfect for Photoshop beginners, this package includes one incredible Photoshop action, along with 20 vector speech bubbles, and 7 vector comic sound effects.
Looking for that professional retouched look? Download this awesome set of painting and comic-inspired Photoshop actions to transform your photos into a work of art. This set includes 12 professional Photoshop actions as well as fully detailed instructions.
The blockbuster hit, Sin City, was known for its incredible graphics and unique style. And you can achieve a similar look with this Photoshop action. This action features a professional set of Sin City-inspired visual effects to alter your images non-destructively.
Cell shading is not limited to the drawing elite! You can achieve the same awesome cell shaded look just by downloading this Photoshop action. Simply open up your photo, play the action, and enjoy your new impressive design!
Turn your photos into insane works of art with this stroke-based Photoshop action. It's creatively designed to fit the look of traditional art, so you can upgrade your photography with a new creative look that is sure to impress any viewer.
If you’re looking for premium quality Photoshop Photo Effects, then choose from our assortment of creative assets on GraphicRiver. There are a number of comic book effects to choose from, such as The Comic Effect, Comic Book Action, Retro Comic Book, and so much more!
And if you need a more hands-on approach to your designs, enlist the help of the amazing design professionals at Envato Studio, to help you with all your creative needs.