Cartooning Tutorials for ToonIt!

ToonIt! Photo 3.0 is so easy to use, you almost don't need tutorials. It's always good to see how you can find ways to do cartooning better than we imagined, so read on.

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Quickstart for ToonIt! Photo 3.0 in PS or LR

Get started quickly creating gorgeous cartoon effects in ToonIt! Photo. This Photoshop tutorial goes over the basics of the cartoon plugin interface, like the Effects Palette and Style Controls. We explain how to make basic changes to the outlines and color fields that make up the cartoon.

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Using ToonIt on a Video File in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 now supports video files properly. This means you can apply filters like ToonIt to these videos and cartoon them! In this tutorial Jim shows exactly how to do this.

Control the color fields

Cartoon colors are what really make the ToonIt! cartooning effect believable. In this tutorial, we discuss how ToonIt! Photo translates your photograph or graphic image into distinct regions of color. We talk about Simplicity and Flatness in the Flat Shaded style, then Strength and Level in the Flat Detailed Style. We also explain No Roto, the Main Blur group and the Outline Blur group.

Control the outlines

A cartoon is typically made of color shades and black outlines, but ToonIt's outlines look nice on their own as well. In this Photoshop tutorial, we talk about how to push around the Outline controls. Settings covered include the Comic group, Soft group, Outlines Only, and Outline Blur.

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Learn about Photoshop presets

ToonIt's Preset Manager is a simple interface area that lets you work with pre-made groups of ToonIt! Photo settings. We’ve shipped a whole bunch of Photoshop presets to get you cartooning quickly. This video explains how to use them (it's pretty easy).

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Create Stained Glass, pt.1

Learn how to create a Stained Glass look. This is done with the Crackle Style, the Marker Outlines Effect, and some basic changes to their properties.

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Create Stained Glass, pt.2

The lines that make up your stained glass image may look a little soft and jagged. There's a simple technique called 'super sampling' that takes care of this issue, and we show you how in this tutorial.

Using Smart Filters

This tutorial discusses the advantages of using Photoshop's Smart Filter functionality, and how to use Digital Anarchy plugins that way.

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Create Graphic Novel, pt.1

Learn how to create a graphic novel using Photoshop's built-in tools and plugins from Digital Anarchy. This is the first of a two-part series.

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Create Graphic Novel, pt.2

Learn how to create a graphic novel using Photoshop's built-in tools and plugins from Digital Anarchy. This is the second of a two-part series. In this tutorial we show how to use ToonIt to create different looks for the foreground and the background.

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Create a drawn pen & ink look

Use ToonIt to create a pen & ink style image, then use Photoshop's built-in filters to roughen up the effect.

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