Cartoon Video Guide

Thank you for choosing Photobacks Cartoon! For best results, please review all of the video tutorials and troubleshooting notes below. If you have any questions, please let us know.

HOW TO INSTALL

Please note, if you have any trouble with installation, we are here to help.  Please contact us at www.photobacks.com/contact.

Click on the appropriate tab below for your computer operating system and version of Photoshop.



Note for Windows Users with CS5
If you receive an error message upon installation, requiring administrator permission to install, please do the following:

Go to your main C: drive folder… then Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Extension Manager CS5.
There, right-mouse-button click on Adobe Extension Manager CS5.exe …and from the pop-up menu choose “Run as administrator.”
After Extension Manager opens, click “Install” toward the top-right of the program…and then locate and open the Photobacks Cartoon install file for CS5 you downloaded.  Then, complete installation as shown in the video above.

HOW TO USE

The following video tutorials will apply to all versions of Photoshop listed above on Windows and Mac.

Video 1 – Preparation & Overview

Video 2 – Create Buttons

Video 3 – Image Size

Video 4 – Adjust

Video 5 – Sample Cartoon Edit

Video 6 – Speech Bubbles

Video 7 – Captions & Borders

TROUBLESHOOTING

From the top menu in Photoshop, go to Image > Mode…  Make sure RGB Color and 8 Bits/Channel are checked.

Install the “shapes” included with your Photobacks Cartoon download.  Please see Video 6 above.

If you have Photoshop CS6 or CS5, the activation code is automatically installed for you through Adobe Extension Manager, which means you don’t have to manually enter it…however, if you ever upgrade to Photoshop CC, you will need this code to activate the panel when you first open it in Photoshop CC.

Make sure the settings for each tool are correct when you click Dodge Shadows or Burn Highlights, as shown in Video 4 above.

Use the Burn Shadows tool in adjustments and “paint” over the image.

First, try using the Dodge Highlights adjustment over the image as shown in Video 4 above.

If your image is over 3000 px (wide or tall), you may want to try to resize your image to 2500 – 3000 px (at its longest length) and reapply the effect. (This would still result in high quality prints of 8×10 and larger at 300 dpi.)

You may also try cropping your image to focus solely on a particular part or subject, thus reducing the image pixel size, as shown in Video 3 above.

You may also try to increase the Exposure of your original image (Image > Adjustments > Exposure), and then reapply the effect.

You may also try to increase the Shadows Amount % of your original image (Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights), and then reapply the effect.

Try “Red Ink” under Create on the panel instead, which should produce brighter results.

Your image may be very large.  Zoom in at 100% and see if you see the effect applied.

You may also want to resize your image to 2500 – 3000 pixels wide or tall (at longest length) and reapply the effect. This would still result in high quality prints of 8×10 and larger (at 300 dpi).

Try using the Spot Healing Brush or Clone Stamp Tool to resolve any odd parts of the image that result after pressing a create button.  You can easily remove spots or odd colors, like you would on any other photo.

You may also want to try using the Dodge Highlights tool under Adjust to reduce the contrast between some side-by-side colors.

Try to sharpen your original image and then apply the effect.  Go to Filter > Sharpen…

Apply the Cartoon effect to your image. Then, click Brightness/Contrast in Adjust on the panel. Increase the brightness and contrast for desired effect, as shown in Video 4 above.

Adjust the Brightness/Contrast of the image in the Adjust settings on the panel.

Yes, please see Video 6 (toward the end) above.