The Andy Warhol effect is one of the beginner level effects that you could try out in Photoshop. This is a simple tutorial with some basic photo editing utilities of Adobe Photoshop CS5 used.
Glimpse of the Pop Art Effect:
Choose the photo you intend to add the effect to.
I chose this photo from Flickr under the Creative Commons License. The image is attributed to user choupigloupi.
Using the Lass0 Tool in the toolbar, make a selection.
The selection need not be accurate since we would be using blocks of colors without strokes for this effect anyway.
Separate the selection in a new layer. To do this, hit Ctrl+J or choose the Layer –> New –> Layer Via Copy option.
We will create another layer to work on. Just duplicate the layer created in Step 3.
Select the layer last created and make the adjustment shown below. Image –> Adjustments –> Threshold is chosen.
The Threshold window opens up. Set the threshold level as needed – for my chosen image, 140 seemed suitable.
Hit OK. The image with threshold level applied is shown below.
Create a new layer and fill the layer with the color which you deem suitable for the face of the model.
Set the property of this newly created layer to Multiply.
You will get a similar effect depending on the color you’ve chosen for the skin tone.
Erase the background color using the eraser tool. We will be setting a different color for the background.
Use the brush tool and apply different shades to the hair, eyes and lips.
Now for the background, we shall create a new layer and fill it with a suitable color.
Set the property of the background color layer to Color Burn.
As you can see, the background layers have been hidden.
You’ve got the Warhol effect in just a few steps.