Feel like creating a cartoon version of yourself? Cool! Today we’ll show you a dozen of accessible ways that will help you cartoon yourself while you have fun at the same time.
We’ve searched the web to dig out various tutorials and tools. All of these lead to different results depending on what exactly you are looking for. We also didn’t want you to get lost in the wide spectrum of possibilities to cartoon yourself digitally. That’s why we’ve added a bit of commentary to each method, including its pros and cons.
Ready to get a cartoon version out of your photo? Let’s start.
Free Online Tools to Cartoon Yourself
Website tools will help you get instant cartoonization of your photos. By applying different filters to your portraits, you can come up with various cartoon versions of your face. However, these tools usually have limited functionalities and the end result might not be that much satisfactory. This method is perfect for those of you who:
- are willing to sacrifice quality,
- look for quick results,
- just wanna have fun.
We’ve digged out several free online tools that will help you cartoon yourself in a matter in minutes. We’ve personally tested them all, so we can confirm they work and the final result is free to download. We’ve also added a little review to each, so you can make an informed decision.
This tools offers a range of pre-made cartoon templates to you can end up with a fun caricature. On the downside, you don’t really have control on how your cartoon face will turn out. Based on our experience, the cartoonized face may not really blend well into the final cartoon drawing. The site is great to have fun, though.
This free online tool lets you choose among 6 filter effects that can be applied to your photos: 3 cartoon styles, vector, fantasy, and comics style. Unlike the other websites, this one is kind of community oriented. All pictures go to the gallery and can be browsed by everyone. Therefore, the site requires you to tag your photos upon conversion.
This tool converts your photo into an artistic picture for free. Whether you want it to become a painting, a pencil drawing, a sketch, or an outline picture – the choice is yours. This tool also lets you adjust the sensitivity level of the filter you are applying.
This online tool lets you upload photos right from your Facebook account. Besides cartooning, you can also crop your photos, or modify your facial features. The final result can also be instantly shared on social media, if you’d like.
A free online tool that lets you cartoon yourself by using plenty of filters. You get to choose among numerous cartoon effects, painting effects, grayscale effects, Instagram effects, artistic effects and even more until you are happy with the outcome. You can also add fun graphic elements to make your cartoon photo even more interesting.
Cartoon Yourself with Photoshop Tutorials
Another option to cartoon your photo for free is to do it yourself by following a tutorial. We’ve selected a bunch of tutorials that will guide you through the process. Still you need you have some knowledge of the software, so you can achieve the desired effect. Here are the pros of this method:
- gives you freedom to experiment;
- free, in case you already own a licensed version of the software;
- way better results than using an automatic online tool;
- gives you the opportunity to learn the software functionalities better.
All of this being taken into consideration, this is the preferred method for many but have in mind that it’s also quite time-consuming, especially if you are a beginner. Here is a selection of 5 Adobe Photoshop tutorials that will help you create a cartoon version of yourself by using the software’s functions and tools:
#6 Transform a Photograph into a Digital Painting
#7 Make a Comic Book Cartoon Effect From a Photo
#8 Create Art with Pen Tool
#9 Create Vector Art Cartoon Effect
#10 Turn a Photo Into a Cartoon In Photoshop
Use Adobe Illustrator to Cartoon Yourself
The main difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is the image format. Adobe Photoshop makes your creations in raster formats, whereas Illustrator exports them in vector format. Here are the advantages of using Illustrator rather than Photoshop:
- your cartoon photos will be fully resizeable without loss of quality,
- if you have good drawing skills, you can achieve great results,
- free, if you already have the software,
- an opportunity to practice your skills and have fun at the same time.
#11 Design a Flat Avatar From Your Image
#12 Make a Vector Portrait in Illustrator
…or Ultimately, Have Someone Do It For You
In case you are planning to use your cartoon version for specific purposes, it’s out of the question that you need high quality art work. If you are a skillful artist yourself, awesome! You’ll be just fine by following some of the tutorials above. Otherwise, the best option for you would be to hire someone to create a custom vector drawing according to your photo. There are plenty of artists who would gladly create such an art for you. Here are the benefits you’ll get:
- high quality digital illustration resembling your photo,
- attention to detail depending on the complexity of your order,
- illustration style according to your taste,
- final format according to your preference,
- unlimited possibilities, extending to the skills of the artist drawing your photo.
Here are a couple of examples of how a custom cartoonization of a photo looks like. We’ve depicted different illustration styles which normally serve different purposes. It all depends on your specific reason of having a cartoon version of yourself.
If you’d like us to handle your photo-to-cartoon transformation, we’d be happy to hear from you.
Moreover, don’t hesitate to share your own creations in the Comments’ section below in case you test out the online tools or complete a tutorial. Can’t wait to see how your cartoonization has turned out!