50 thoughts on “How to Cartoon Yourself (or Myself or Whatever) – Two Days of Cartoonification

  1. I don’t know if my first post went through. Anyway, I am pulling my hair out. How do you start another path without closing the last path?
    Thanks for the info!

  2. Love the information. How do you make paths that don’t have to be closed? He says it in the video but I when I start a new path it wants to connect.

  3. Don, this process is so interesting, even though I don’t have Photoshop. I love good graphics of all kinds, especially portrait paintings.) Great job, and thanks for introducing us to Stephen Bradbury’s video tutorial, too.

    1. My pleasure and thank you for dropping in on my blog:)

      The challenge with the cartoon I feel is the little things that need to be learn’t, but once learn’t it’s just then a case of coming up with good ideas, I like going for a walk with some music on my iPhone, this helps get the creative flow going…

      Hope you’re successful with the cartoon, let me know how you get on …

      Cheers, Don Charisma

  4. Awesome post. So now I know I’m not the only one who’s wasted countless hours searching for a good convert-me-to-cartoon website. I tried a lot of the freebies too – to my utter disappointment. Thanks for the video link above! Hopefully I’ll get some free time to update my own avatar 🙂

    1. Thanks and my pleasure:) the only options online that I could find were paid ones and most of those I didn’t like their prior work. Eventually I stumbled across the guy from FallenDesignsUK. Really helpful to see the exact steps and exactly what he’s doing on photoshop. It’s time consuming but really rewarding and also it’s given me the confidence to do more with photos and art on photoshop, so side benefits too ! Next thing I want to tackle is illustrator, but that’s been a steep learning curve so far…I have a really graceful photo of my girlfriend I’d like to do for her, but I’m a bit worried about ballsing that up … SO I look around on youtube when I get a chance see if there’s a tutorial for illustrator.

      Good luck with your blog and you cartooning:) I’ve added you on my links –> friends, you doing the same helps people find our blogs 🙂

      Keep in touch …


      Don Charisma

      1. Okay, so I spent 5 hours last night on my cartoon. I’m using photoshop CS4.
        When using the pen tool and then selecting the “stroke path”, my lines are blurred. I selected the solid 3 for the brush, and set the hardness to 100%, but the lines still look a little blurry. It wasn’t really bothering me until I got to my sunglasses. I can’t seem to get a nice crisp outline for the rims.
        Still, I wanted to thank you for the info you provided in this blog and for the link to the tutorial. Even though I lost an entire evening playing around with photoshop, it was interesting and a lot of fun!

      2. I’ve found that sometimes Photoshop doesn’t actually display on screen in full/best resolution. Suggestion, first save the .psd for the project then do a save as .jpg, maximum quality, then open in another picture viewer app on windows Paint or Photo viewer. I say this because my lines where “blocky” when displayed in Photoshop but smooth once I saved the .jpg file. I’ve sent an email to your email address, if you want you could send me a screenshot or snip (windows 7 – snipping tool) (if the JPG saving thing doesn’t fix it). Other problems that I can think of are perhaps the brush that’s in use, photoshop can use a variety of different brushes…

        I believe perhaps the first problem is what you’re describing.


        Don Charisma

  5. Cool, man. I love just the act of searching for graphic tutorials. I just luuuve to learn about it. I don’t know much, and I don’t have photoshop (do you have the expensive one?) but I survive with ppt and learning ‘tricks’ to animate or change photos into something cool and different. I will try to do what you described but without photoshop. I’m sure there are alternatives online. Man, you can find jjust about EVERYTHING online. Ohhhh, I’m addicted….

    1. Hey there, it’s my pleasure … I had some real fun doing it and couldn’t be happier with the result, this kid that did the video is awesome 🙂

      I’ve added you on my links –> friends, you doing the same helps people find our blogs 🙂

      Keep in touch …


      Don Charisma

  6. Really like your avatar (lens flare is a nice touch) and LOVE the fact that it’s giving people an alternative to photos.
    I’ll be back on your blog to follow the tutorial for fun!
    Maybe it will give me ideas for my fabrics :).
    Thank you for sharing, I like when people are proud and explain fully there path to the final results.

    1. Thanks Julie! I couldn’t work out how to do the sunglasses and then came across the lens flare, perfect !

      Now I’m a little more educated in photoshop and design, I found that there are lots of vector designs already out there to use for backgrounds, logos, etc … today I found http://all-free-download.com/ loads of designs on there …

      I’m learning to be a better communicator online, so writing a how-to now and then helps me for practice writing and also helps to memorise what I’ve learnt, so win-win really

      Good luck with you blog and fabrics,


      Don Charisma

    1. My pleasure, just wanted to share my experience and hopefully add the the FallenDesignsUK video … There’s also a tutorial here http://www.vectorportraits.com/

      I think the next one I try will be on Illustrator as I’d like to be able to Scale the finished images to any size (not sure if that can be done with Photoshop)

      Good luck with your blogging, let me see your picture once your done …


      Don Charisma

  7. Hey Charisma, thanks for the follow at drawnupon.com.au. I am a graphic designer so now you do have someone to ask those questions about photoshop. If you want the answers to some of your questions posed above, drop me a line. Col

    1. Hi Colin, great, a graphic designer friend:)… I’ve got some upcoming projects so would be handy to be able to be in touch. Art they wouldn’t let me do at school, can’t remember why…Still, now as an adult I can do what I want, and enjoying messing about with graphics so all good !

      I’ve added you in my links (have a memory like a sieve)

      Many thanks

      Don Charisma

      1. Excellent, you and I sound like polar opposites, all I did was art and the maths teachers suggested my efforts would be better utilized elsewhere.
        Contact me should you need anything, I am a freelancer available for hire.
        All the best,

      2. Hi Colin, I like the Peaceful warrior’s simple rules of life one of which is paradox, resolution of which is both sides of paradox, perhaps we’ll cancel each other out LOL

        I have a project speaking to some friends at the moment which will need graphic design, I’ve already put your blog in my links so will be in touch …


        Don Charisma

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