Cartoon effect in Pixlr
Not sure if anyone is interested in this but I was keen to investigate a cartoon style approach I'm working on. I don't have Photoshop (or other high-end image editing package) but instead use Pixlr the free online picture editor. I had a play around and have found a combination of built-in filters that create the type of effect I was after so I thought I would share this. See screenshot below for end result.
For the characters I did the following:
Open Image > Adjustment - Posterize (it defaults to 4 but I increased this to between 10-14) > Filter - Mimic HDR
For the backgrounds I did the following:
Open Image > Adjustment - Hue and Saturation set to 0 to make image black and white > Adjustment - Posterize (10-20 seemed to work depending on level of detail) > Filter - Mimic HDR > Adjustment - Solarize
I think this works quite well and is free (as is the font, although I can't recall where I found this!)