View Full Version : Cheap way to make backgrounds for your comix (with PS) ;p

12-06-2005, 07:11 PM
Basically...this is a quick tutorial about turning a real picture to a background "pencil-like" drawn piece (with Photoshop) for lazy ppol :o (comic h4x) (I don't really use this method though, I still draw BG's the long way but this effect is really, really nice :D )
Just look up for a picture online of a structure.This is what I found (sorry bout the big size, but you can use this picture through this tutorial):
1. Open the image with Photoshop.

2. Desaturate it (Image>Adjustments>Desaturate)(makes it a black and white image if it is colored)

3. Duplicate the Background to another copy (right-click the layer the original picture was and left-click "Duplicate Layer"). Name it whatever and click OK.

4. Selecting the copied layer (which is on top of the original layer), Invert the copy (Image>Adjustments>Invert)

5. Change the Blending option of the copied layer to "Color Dodge" (It is located on the Layers Window). You will get a mostly white image.

6. Still selecting the copied layer, use a Gaussian Blur Filter (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur)

7. Just scroll the Radius bar on the bottom until the picture looks pencil-like (mostly around 10 pixels of radius or less)

8. We can stop here, but we can also make it looked toned and shaded a little. Go to Levels (Click Ctrl + L or go to Image>Adjustments>Levels)

9. On the Levels Window, move the grey button tab a little to the right until the tones looks just 'right' :D

Here is the final product:

I believe that some comics and manga uses a similar technique like this (like some in Ai Yazawa's city backgrounds in Paradise Kiss and Nana ;p )

12-06-2005, 08:07 PM
Wow this is strange. I was trying to figure out a good way to do that the other week with the same picture. Did you just google building?

This is also a much better way than how I did it.

12-07-2005, 12:33 AM
Hurrah, now my future comics can actually look decent. Plus be based on an exsisting location. Now photos of the white house and we can make an action comic.

12-08-2005, 08:39 AM
Wow this is strange. I was trying to figure out a good way to do that the other week with the same picture. Did you just google building?

Hehe, what a coincidence ;p
Yep, this is the 2nd hit I got in google while searching under Images for "building".

12-08-2005, 02:05 PM
Better yet, if you live in a city, walk around and take pictures of buildings you like. Copley Square in Boston is a nice bet. Especially in the summer, with the farmer's market.
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01-13-2006, 08:18 PM
lol thats the first image that comes un when u enter building into googe
nice tut thought it was gonna be cheesey. suprised me

01-21-2006, 04:33 AM
Really nice one. I usually dont do any backgrounds cause they take alot of time, but hey this is pretty easy if you fnd the right picture

01-21-2006, 04:43 AM
I've done a similar thing to that in backgrounds... I've made a tutorial before for PSP8. Thing is. I tend to edit out things that aren't supposed to be there, like people, and stuff like that. Sometimes I just smack something else over it. Like if It's a city scene, manipulate it, then smack drawn people over the real images of people and stuff like that.
But a lot of the time I draw my own.

03-17-2006, 07:52 AM
thanks that shit is awesome!