Recreating Andy Warhol’s Popart

Andy Warhol’s pop-art images are iconic, one of the most famous being his tiled image of Marilyn Monroe.
I recreated the effects in Photoshop Elements 2.0 but this would work in any more recent versions and probably older ones too. Don’t worry if you don’t have Photoshop though, because similar effects are available in for free which can be downloaded here.
Just follow the steps to create your own!

final warhol copy




1. First I opened the picture in Photoshop Elements 2.0 and used the lasso tool to cut roughly around the outside of the girl




2. I then used the eraser tool to zoom in and remove the outside of the girl more closely.




3. I adjusted the brightness and contrast of the girl to make the darker bits darker and the lighter bits lighter.




4. I unsaturated the image, turning it black and white.



5. I adjusted the brightness and contrast again. The idea here is to turn the image into several shades of grey only.



6. I applied a cut out filter so that my picture was made up of only a few shades of grey. This stage can be skipped if you’re using software that doesn’t have this filter.



7. I adjusted the levels of the photograph to emphasize the few shades of grey. The photo should look like it is in the style of a poster at this stage.


8. I reapplied a cut out filter, increasing the edge simplicity and the number of tones from before. This stage can also be skipped if necessary but it makes the edges more smooth.



9. I saved this picture as it was and created a new canvas 5 times the width and twice the height of my original picture so that 10 copies of it would fit on. My new canvas was 3000 pixels width and 1000 pixels height. I then copied and pasted my picture onto the new canvas.



10. I added a layer and making sure this layer was underneath that of the girl, I used the rectangle tool to create a background for my edited image.



11. For this step, you can either duplicate the layer of the girl 10 times, and reposition her to cover the canvas. Or you can create 10 new layers and copy and paste the image of the girl upon each one, and then reposition her. I did the same thing for the background for each girl. Remember to place each of these backgrounds on a different layer as this will make things easier later on!



12. I duplicated (or you can copy and paste) each layer with the girl on again, but this time I coloured the shape of the girl in white. I named each layer people colour. Your layer set up should be similar to this one for all 10 images.


13. I used the fill tool to colour one of my backgrounds yellow. Make sure you’re on the right layer to do this.



14. On my people colour layer, I used the fill tool to fill the white shape of the girl in navy blue. Here I have brought this layer to the front to show you.



15. Make sure the ‘People colour’ layer is below the layer with your photo on it. And here’s the fun bit! In the layers palette you can experiment with blend modes of the photo layer. Here I used overlay.


16. I then used the paintbrush tool to colour the girl’s face in green on the ‘People colour’ layer. It doesn’t matter if this is a bit messy around the edges as you can always fix it using the paintbrush or the eraser tool!


17. Now experiment with blend modes and different colour combinations! These are my favourites: