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How to Create Pop Art Photo Effects With Photoshop Actions

This post is part of a series called Learn Photoshop Actions.
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What You'll Be Creating

Learn how to create an Andy Warhol pop art photo effect in Adobe Photoshop using filters and color gradients.

The Andy Warhol effect is a part of the Pop Art Warhol Effect Photoshop Action from my portfolio on Envato Market.

Warhol Pop Art Photoshop Action
Pop Art Warhol Effect Photoshop Action

Tutorial Assets

For this tutorial, you only need a stock photo to create the Warhol effect.

1. Add the Stock Image

Create a new document in Photoshop. Add the image that you want to turn into a pop art effect.

Girl Stock Image

2. Use the Pen Tool to Draw a Contour Shape

Step 1

Use the Pen Tool to trace the contour of the woman. Make sure you have the Paths option selected.

Pen Tool Selection

Step 2

Add anchor points around the area that you want to cut. For this effect, the cutout doesn't have to be perfect.

Click on the screen to add a point. While the mouse button is pressed down, drag to create a curved path.

Draw a Shape with Pen Tool

3. Make a Selection From a Path in Photoshop

Pick the Path Selection Tool and right click on the selection. Choose Make Selection from the menu.

Make a Selection from a Path in Photoshop
Make a Selection from a Path in Photoshop

4. Remove the Background in Photoshop

Press Control-J to make a copy of the selection in a new layer. Call this layer Woman Image. You can now remove the original layer.

Remove Background in Photoshop

5. Use the Threshold Adjustment Layer

Step 1

Press Control-J to duplicate the Woman Image layer. 

Duplicate Layer

Step 2

Hide the Woman Image Copy layer for the moment. 

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer for the Woman Image. Right click on the adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask

BrightnessContrast Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Add a Threshold adjustment layer for the Woman Image. Right click on the adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask

Threshold Adjustment Layer

Step 4

Add a Stroke layer style for the Woman Image. Use the color #000000 for the border.

Stroke Layer Style

6. Use the Photocopy Filter 

Step 1

Make the Woman Image Copy layer visible again.

Set the Foreground color to #000000 and the Background color to #ffffff.

Go to Filter > Sketch and apply the Photocopy filter to the Woman Image Copy layer.

Photocopy Filter

Step 2

Set the blend mode of the Woman Image Copy layer to Multiply.

Blend Mode Multiply

Step 3

Add a Levels adjustment layer for the Woman Image Copy. Right click on the adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask

Levels Adjustment in Photoshop

7. Create the Warhol Effect 

Step 1

Select all the layers. Right click on the layers and choose Convert to Smart Object. Change the name of the smart object to Warhol Effect.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 2

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer for the Warhol Effect layer. Right click on the adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask

The colors for the Gradient Map are #1a72ea and #ffc119, but you can choose any colors you like. 

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

8. Add a Background Layer

Add a new layer and move it below the Warhol Effect layer. Fill the layer with the color #000000. Add a Color Overlay layer style with the color #f048e6.

Color Overlay Layer Style

9. Create a Pop Art Poster

Step 1

Press Shift-Control-Alt-E to make a copy of all the visible layers merged. Name this layer Pop Art Poster.

Merge Visible Layers in Photoshop

Step 2

Press Control-T to resize the image to 50%. Change the Reference Point Location as shown in the preview.

Resize Image in Photoshop

Step 3

Press Control-J to duplicate the Pop Art Poster layer three times. 

Duplicate Layers

Step 4

Move the layers as shown in the preview image to create a poster.

Poster Effect in Photroshop

Step 5

To change the color of the image, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment for each copy layer. Set the color tones that you like. 

Right click on the adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask; that way, the color change affects only the layer below.

HueSaturation Adjustment Layer

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a Warhol Pop Art poster in Photoshop from scratch using only filters and adjustment layers. 

Create a Warhol Poster in Photoshop

For quick and easy results, you can check out the Pop Art Warhol Effect Photoshop Action, which will help you create Warhol posters with different sizes and effects.

Warhol Pop Art Photoshop Action
Pop Art Warhol Effect Photoshop Action
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