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A comparison of Pop Art filters and effects.

In this article we have a look at three pop art filters for creating images in the styles of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock. All create images based on your original photograph, Warhol and Lichtenstein effects are simple to understand, but how can an image transformed by the Pollock effect retain anything of the original? Jackson Pollock was famous for throwing and dripping paint on his canvas, and was certainly not a "representational" artist. The end of this article describes the Pollock effect, but lets start with Andy:

Simply drag your image into the main window (or open the file using the file menu) and select Warhol from the list of 150 effects. Next click on "Fine Tune..." in the dialog box and you will get this dialog box:

Warhol Filter

As you can see it allows you to change the number of repetitions in the final image (above 2 by 2) as well as the "splodge" of the ink, the number of inks and even the strength of Andy's hand! Click on OK and you've finished!

In the program the "Pop Art Effect" should really have been called the "Lichtenstein Effect" to distinguish it from the other two effects. Anyway, again, drag or open the image into the main window and this time select "Pop Art". Select "Fine Tune..." to get this dialog:

Roy Lichtenstein Filter

Here you can choose the colors and patterns to use at the four intensity levels of your original photo. You can also choose how thick the dividing lines are, as well as how much of the image is to be considered "dark" or "shaded.

Now, what about Jackson Pollock? Bring the image in as you did in the above two examples and this time choose "Pollock" and "Fine Tune..." :

As you can see what has been done here is that the effect has been restricted to the edges of the image, while retaining the center part untouched. Here are some other examples:

It is easy to experiment with this program, and you have seen on this page only 3 of the 150 effects it has. The demo is freely available here.


How to create a sepia vignette from a normal photograph
Sepia Vignette Effect

How to apply Artistic Effects easily and simply to your images

How to add sparkle to a photograph

Turning photos into Warhol art prints

Roy Lichtensten Effect


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