Turning a Portrait Shot into an Andy Warhol-Style Silkscreen, Part 1

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Warhol Deke Redux

more fun than filling out a 1040 for Uncle Sam

but where's part deux - was this series abandoned?

would love to know ending details regarding creating multiples:
do you flatten and save each variation first?

The "combine" trick mentioned at end of the accompanying video is a great teaser - would be nice to know the deets on it: searches at dekeOnline come up empty


Andy Warhol-type silkscreen Part 2

Hi Deke
I am trying to find the Part 2 of this technique - you mentioned in Part 1 that 2 would be following and would cover some automated techniques for this effect.

Andy Warhol- silkscreen effect

This is the best demonstration I have ever seen! The end result surpasses Andy Warhol by far! Thumbs up for you Deke!

Archive Lesson

Many thanks, Oh Great one and to your staff.
Found a missing lesson after much hunting. Keep the galaxcy rollin'
and remember the golden ratio of vermouth.


Now to fill the shadows with color. Switch to the Layers palette. Then make a new layer (call it Shadows) and fill the selection with the desired color. I recommend something dark. Press Cmd-D (Ctrl+D) to deselect the image. The base detail is set, as shown below. hello. this doesnt work for me :-( I have created a new layer but i cannot fill out the selection with a dark colour. when i use the the brush i always fill out the entire layer with this brush and not only my selection from Alpha 1. What is my misstake. may you help me please greetings from germany

well that is unique!

well that is unique!

Just in time for our Halloween Invites

This is great and I think it will work well for our Halloween invites. I can already see I am going to be spending some time here.

Thanks what a great Warhol lesson

Thanks can't wait to play around with your ideas.

Good Site!

I love your site!! love to read articles ^^

andy warhol effect..

I dont think the andy warhol technique is that good, it works in 1 in 5 images! The black edges are too smudgy, not clearly defined if that makes sense. I've looked online a thousand times for tutorials on pop art, and they all say to use the threshold adjustment, but even that is hit and miss, is there any way of reproducing the line art that'll work on every image, have a look at pascoepopart.com.au how do they do that? Dont mean to be rude by the way!! I'm also a premium member of lynda.com and you are by far and above, the top man of photoshop in the world, bar none!! How on earth do you know some of that stuff? Ausbloke

You've got to start with a clearly defined photo

First, thanks for the kind words. Second, the High-Pass-followed-by-Levels technique is one of those tried-and-true standards. But you have to start with an image that offers a reasonable degree of contrast in the first place, preferably a tight head shot. Perhaps link an image or two and I can show you how it works.

pop art

Any ideas deke on how to do andy warhol "Che Guevara" style pop art, instead of the marilyn monroe style, pleeeeeeese? Ausbloke

G'day, mate.

I'm not Deke (he's way prettier), but I still want to clarify what you mean, so we get the right prawn on the barbie. Which image of Che are you trying to work with? If it's that iconic image that you see everywhere there are good wee socialists (like in Australia and NZ), then isn't the hard work already done? Or are you working from a photo? If you're working from a photo, could you link to it for us, please? I'd kinda like to give it a go, because - like Deke - Che Guevara was a very handsome man, so working on the image to try to understand where you're coming might just benefit us both, as I get to learn new stuff AND be pervy (two of my favourite things, fo'shur), and between us we might be able to find a solution while allowing Mr. Teach to spend time with his lovely kids. :-) Fair dinkum.

g'day too...

Fair dinkum........Cant believe deke's prettier than you!! Yeh, i'm talking about the iconic image of che guevara (with the nine heads, if that makes sense?) and how you would apply to any portrait photo. If you really need for me to attach an image, just let me know. But generally, just get a picture of someone's portrait shot and try and get that black line that warhol did with his che guevara (though its so precise it looks like its been done with the pen tool, when Mr warhol didn't have access to that tool at that time. Have a look at pascoepopart.com.au to see the way that some of them are done, which may well help throw that prawn on the barbie for me and you to both understand!! There must be a way to take any photo, and get that black outline,..so many online tutorials tell you to use the threshold command which only works in 1 in 6 images, and the cutout filter, or posterise does the same,just dont work consistently... and , i've lost my train of thought now, hope ya get the gist ...pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, pleassssssssssssssse!! pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese........with sprinkles on it.... Ausbloke

Ok, Blue, I think I got ya.

It's not that you want to replicate the Warhol Che on the Che image itself - you just want that 'cleaner', though more dense, look. Amirite? My guess is that utilising a single channel and playing with levels and threshold should work on most images, but later this evening I'll find some photos to play with and see what happens. If I manage to get anything I'll post it to Flickr to show you. If not tonight, then tomorrow - (I may go to bed very early tonight 'cos I'm feeling a bit crook, like I've got a bloody squawking Galah knocking about in my top paddock. Crikey! BTW, hope I'm not coming across like a two-bob drongo - but it's been years since I last spoke any Strine. :-p

I was wrong :(

Threshold didn't work for one of the images I chose off the internet. Deke's technique worked nicely (despite my amateur ham-fistedness).

Thanks for trying....

I have a new pop art request. In 1983 Warhol did a series of prints of the brooklyn bridge, how on earth can you replicate that using photoshop cs4, this is a special request to deke, petra or any other kind soul!! Ausbloke

andy warhol effect..

Thanks so much for getting back to me, you are indeed a kind fellow, i really appreciate it. The warhol style you chose is very much about Marilyn Monroe, the sort of Warhol style i was looking for was the che-guevara style in which he starts with a black line art and converts that into different colorsl That concisely drawn black line art cant really be acheived by using the high pass and levels adjustment layer, it looks more like it was done with the pen tool!. Please, please please, Deke, you are the only one i can turn to for this, nobody else could possibly have the knowledge, to do it, i wont be offended if you do not have the time to show me, i know you are a very busy person, i'm just so greatful that you took the time to reply to me in the first place. Incidently, i'm 78% completed on your advanced photoshop cs4 training tutorials on lynda.com, and soon looking forward to a completion certificate, yippeee... My wife said to me that i listen to your voice more than i do hers, i suppose she's got a point, i almost feel i know you. Many thanks Deke Ausbloke

thanks for posting this

thanks for posting this

Can you imagine?

When I was reading your tutorial I was thinking how much fun Andy would have with todays photo editors! Can you imagine the type of artwork he would create now? (haha Amiga) Anyway, this tutorial is great - thanks! Now we all can have our 5 minutes of fame in the image web world.

Andy Warhol / Debbie Harry

Andy Warhol paints Debbie Harry on an Amiga http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/03/andy-warhol-paints-d.html

But if you go carryin' pictures of chairman Mao,

You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow.

The Deke/Andy Warhol-type/silkscreen

Thank you so very much for showing this. I saw you do a demo on CreativePro.com. Great slideshow. Can't wait for the next part!