Learn how to recreate classic fine art techniques in Photoshop. Part 3 - The Pop Art comic strip.

One instantly recognizable Pop Art style was inspired by the comic strip and utilized features from commercial and newspaper printing. Roy Lichtenstein painted comic-strip scenes drawn from adventure, romance, or detective stories.

Words often appeared as boxed captions along the picture’s edge, as speech and thought bubbles, or with huge lettering for maximum impact. And what the words said was important, too – they forced the viewer to ask whether the image was really quite as trivial as its comic form suggested.

In most of these comic strip paintings, the first element you notice is the black line drawing which defines the major shapes in the image. These shapes are coloured with either rough blocks of solid colour or an even pattern of dots.

The palette is usually restricted to red, yellow, and blue – but more shades are introduced by varying the size of the dots and the spaces between them. Closely gathered red dots form a woman’s red lips, while skin areas look pink where dots are spaced out more sparsely on a white background.

To recreate this style, Photoshop has a few options for converting a photograph into a line drawing. You can then paint onto separate layers, and make some of them dotted with the Halftone Pattern filter.

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Image quality isn’t too important for this technique and you can crop down and use just a small section of the original. 
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