Comics Effect: Posterize Your Photo in AKVIS ArtWork

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Comics Technique


The Comics effect lets you replicate works of famous comics artists with just a few clicks. This effect reduces the tones of the photo to create an image similar to a poster or a cartoon. A similar effect is achieved from rotoscoping - a time-lapse filming method (this method was used to create the famous animated film "A Scanner Darkly").

A posterized image has a limited number of tones (colors). Due to the lack of halftones it looks similar to a poster. This technique is widely used in art photography to achieve such an effect.

    Original image Posterized image
    Original image Posterized image


In the Painting tab you can adjust the parameters to convert a photo into an image in a style similar to comics art.

The parameters of this effect are grouped in two sections: Image and Outlines.


    These parameters affect the simplification of the painting and the reproduction of colors:

    Radius of Simplicity (0-20) - degree of posterization of the image. This parameter effects the size of the area which is simplified. The higher the value, the more homogeneous areas become. This effect is especially evident with a high value of the Blur Parameter. The higher the value of Blur, the greater the Radius of Simplicity.

    Small Radius of Simplicity Wide Radius of Simplicity: posterization
    Radius of Simplicity = 2 Radius of Simplicity = 18

    Blur (0-100). Smoothness of an image by blurring similar colors in homogeneous areas.

    Weak Blurring Strong blurring
    Blur = 20 Blur = 80

    Posterizing (0-100) - The association of similarly colored pixels. This parameter effects the number of distinguishable colors during simplification. At higher values of this parameter, fewer colors are used, and the image becomes more uniform and flat.

    Posterizing: Weak Effect Posterizing: Strong Effect
    Posterizing = 10 Posterizing = 70

    Smoothing (0-10) - This parameter determines the smoothness of lines dividing posterized colors: the higher the value, the smoother the lines between these areas. At lower values the border between colors becomes more "jagged".

    Rough Border Between Colors Smooth Border Between Colors
    Smoothing = 1 Smoothing = 9



    Activating the Outlines check box adds black boundary lines to the image and activates settings for these boundaries.

    Outlines Shown Outlines Removed
    "Outlines" Check Box Activated "Outlines" Check Box Deactivated

    Level of Detail (1-100) – level of detail and strokes that form the border.

    Low Level of Detail High Level of Detail
    Level of Detail = 30 Level of Detail = 45

    Sensitivity (0-100) – This parameter affects the intensity of boundary lines. The higher the value of this parameter, the more lines are applied to the image. The value should be reduced to remove extra lines.

    Low Sensitivity High Sensitivity
    Sensitivity = 50 Sensitivity = 90

    Thickness (1-100) - This parameter affects the thickness of the black boundary lines. At the minimum value lines are one pixel in width, while increasing the value makes lines thicker.

    Thin Lines Thick Lines
    Thickness = 20 Thickness = 90

    Definition (0-8) – This parameter affects the size, appearance, and position of lines, as well as how lines define areas of an image. At higher values of this parameter more lines are used and the details of an image are more defined.

    Weak Defintion Strong Definition
    Definition = 1 Definition = 7

    Sharpen (0-100) – This parameter affects the sharpness of lines. At higher values lines have more clarity and more vividly and accurately trace areas. At lower values lines become thicker and blurred.

    Blurred Image Sharp Image
    Sharpen = 10 Sharpen = 90

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Working with Presets — Working with Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
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   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas
   — Painting in Autumn Colors — Painting in Autumn Colors


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