If you are looking for an easy artistic escape from reality, then we’ve got the photo edit for you. We can’t transport you to another dimension, but we can teach you one of the coolest editing styles around: how to turn a photo into a cartoon.
Whether you’re looking for a quick way to turn a picture into a cartoon or you want to use drawing tools to cartoon yourself online for free, we’ve got a cartoonify tutorial for you!
There are a few ways to achieve a cartoon effect on your image, depending on the specific cartoon look you’re trying to get. With Picsart’s all-in-one creative platform, you can easily cartoon yourself online or in the free app.
There are tons of one-touch cartoonifying effects like cartoon filters that make it super easy to turn your photo into a cartoon. Or, you can get a little more hands on with drawing tools. Whatever path you choose, we’ve broken down all of the ways to cartoon a photo below. Now, let’s dive in – it’s time to turn a picture into a drawing!
How Do You Cartoon Yourself Online?
You don’t need to be a trained artist to turn pictures into cartoons. And no, you don’t need a fancy cartoon picture maker either. To create a cartoon photo, you just need to open up Picsart.
Looking to cartoon yourself online for free? Here’s how to do it with Picsart web tools:
Step 1) Open the Picsart desktop editor. Click on Upload to select a photo to cartoonify from your hard drive or click on New Project to start editing with one of the free to edit photos.
Step 2) Click on Effects in the toolbar above your photo and select Magic to view all of the one-click cartoon filters. Almost all of the Magic effects will help you achieve a cartoon photo effect. We like Soul, Pow, Animation, and Neo Pop for cartoon picture makers. Click on Adjust and Blend above your photo workspace to manually adjust the effects (fade, saturation, brightness, color burn, etc).
Step 3) Once you are happy with your new cartoon photo effect, click Share and Download from the top right corner of the editor.
How Do You Cartoon Yourself in an App?
Looking to create on the go? Here’s how to create a cartoon photo by editing in the Picsart app:
Step 1) Open the Picsart app and tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen. Select a photo to cartoon from your camera roll or search from the free-to-edit photo library in the search bar at the top.
Step 2) Tap Effects on the bottom toolbar. Scroll across and tap on Magic or Artistic to open up a variety of artistic effects.
Pro tip: Tap on Cartoonizer under Artistic Effects to instantly add a cartoon feel to your photo. Tap and hold on the Cartoonizer effect again to manually adjust the cartoon picture maker effect to your liking.
In addition to the Cartoonizer effect, you can also try almost all of the Magic effects (select Magic in the Effects toolbar to access them). We like Badlands, Soul, Pow, Animation, and Neo Pop for cartoon picture makers.
Step 3) Tap Apply to save your new cartoon photo effect. Then tap Next in the top right corner of the Editor to save and share your custom cartoon picture.
How Do You Turn a Picture Into a Caricature?
Now that we’ve covered how to turn a photo into a cartoon with cartoon filters, it’s time to dive a little deeper. Another big cartoon editing trend is to create a caricature. And the great part about this is almost anything from a formal headshot to a photo of your dog can be made into a share-worthy caricature in just a few steps.
Instead of applying a cartoon effect on a photo, you can do this by digitally drawing on top of your image. Here’s how to create a cartoon photo using the Draw Tool in the Picsart app:
Step 1) Open the Picsart app and tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen. Select a photo to cartoon from your phone or search from the free-to-edit photo library in the search bar at the top.
Step 2) Tap on Retouch and then select the Face Tool. Transform your facial features with the Face, Nose, Lips, Eyes and Eyebrow tools. Play around with the Reshape tool to exaggerate or shrink other parts of the image (think big dog, tiny car) to mimic the fun scale discrepancies characteristic of caricatures. Tap Apply to save.
Step 3) Next, scroll along across the bottom icon menu and tap on Effects. There are a variety of effects that mimic a hand-drawn caricature. We like Sketchy (under Magic effects) or Sketch2 (under Sketch effects). When you are happy with your sketch caricature overlay, tap Apply in the top right corner to save your new cartoon photo.
Step 4) Tap Next in the top right corner of the Editor to download, save, and share your cartoon photo project.
How to Add Cartoon Elements to Photos?
As you can see from the above tutorials, there are a variety of ways to get the perfect cartoon photo in our cartoon picture maker software. You’ll see that the options are practically endless when transforming pictures into cartoons. You can add over-exaggerated features on your image in true caricature style using Retouch, color in your image for a hand-drawn cartoon effect with the Draw tool, or simply cartoon yourself online for free with Magic effects. There’s no wrong way to get creative when playing around in the cartoon picture maker software.
If you are looking for a way to cartoon your photo that takes less time, consider adding cartoon elements to your photo rather than turning the whole image into a cartoon picture. One way to do that is with Picsart stickers.
Picsart has tons of free cartoon style stickers that will cartoonify your photos instantly. To add cartoon elements to your photo, simply open the photo editor, tap on the Sticker icon, and search “cartoon sticker.” If you know exactly what you are looking for, you can also search by that term with the descriptor “cartoon.” For example, if you want to add a fun flower, search “cartoon flower.”
Adding cartoon stickers to photos will give them a multidimensional effect, sometimes reminiscent of pop art. Use a two-finger pinch to resize any stickers, and use the Eraser Tool if you want to remove any elements of the sticker. Once you are happy with it, tap Apply in the top right corner. Repeat this process as many times as you’d like until you’re ready to save and share your completed cartoon photo project. You’ll be sure to leave your fans wondering just how you got the perfect cartoon edit.
How Do You Turn a Picture Into an Anime Drawing?
Looking to turn your picture into an anime drawing? With the Face Tool in Retouch, you can make your eyes look cartoonishly large, shrink down other features like your nose, and add freckles and other features to give it an anime look and feel. Here’s how to turn a picture into an anime drawing:
Step 1) Open the Picsart app and tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen. Select a photo to cartoon from your camera roll or search from Picsart’s free-to-edit photo library in the search bar at the top.
Step 2) Click on Beautify and choose the Face Tool. Transform your face features with our Face, Nose, Lips, Eyes, and Eyebrow tools, making the nose and lips smaller and eyes bigger to create that classic anime effect. Tap Hair Color to change the color of your hair. When you’re done, tap Apply to save.
Step 3) Tap on Stickers on the bottom toolbar and search for “tattoo.” Place the tattoo sticker on your image in the desired position. Tap Apply to save.
You can also add on other popular anime elements like freckles and neon hearts in a similar way.
Pink and silver glitter can also be added to the background to give it more of a cartoon anime feel.
Step 4) Tap on Effects on the bottom toolbar and select Colors. Choose a pink filter to give it a soft anime feel. We like Colors 4 for this but there are a lot of options based on the anime effect you’re trying to achieve. We like GRNG for a darker anime effect. Tap Apply to save.
Step 5) Tap Next in the top right corner of the editor to complete your anime cartoon photo project.
Where Can You Cartoonify Yourself Online?
As you can see, it’s beyond easy to cartoonify yourself online. You can easily cartoonize yourself online with the plethora of cartoon effects, cartoon stickers, anime tools, drawing capabilities, and more. There are also tons of tutorials to help show you how it’s all done.
Looking to cartoon yourself online for free? Check out this tutorial to learn how to draw a cartoon. Get inspired by entrants in the #ToonMe Challenge. You can change any photo into a cartoon, even one of your pet. Or get a little in the weeds and use the Draw tool to cartoonify yourself online for free.
With Picsart, you can turn not just a selfie but all of your photos into cartoons via the app or cartoon yourself online with the web editor.
Anyone can turn themselves and their pictures into cartoons, and you don’t have to be a trained artist to do it. All you have to do is find the effect that’s right for you. Once you have that down, the possibilities are endless. You can add stickers, brushes, draw, layer on filters and photo effects, or even create a cool cartoon collage. We can’t wait to see what you cartoonize!
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