What was your unfulfilled dream? When I was a little girl I wanted to be a cartoonist and have my own daily comic strip. There were only two things standing in my way.
I couldn’t draw. And I never had anything funny or insightful to say. Today, you don’t even have to know how to draw to create art in the true comic book or cartoon style. Now I have something to say.
Photos To Cartoon Images
Our Macs are multi-tasking, multi-purpose beasts of burden. They can transfer the mundane and ordinary into something exciting and unique. All that’s required is to know what to click and when.
Alright, that’s simplistic. But so is an app that takes a photo and turns it into a cartoon look, but it’s possible.
Cartoonizer is another of my famous one trick pony apps. The trick? It takes a photo, and with few clicks and tweaks, turns it into a cartoonish-like image.
Guess what? It works. Kinda. Sorta. Almost. The problem with Cartoonizer isn’t the intention. It’s the delivery. There’s just not enough control over images to give them a true comic book or cartoon look. It’s a one trick pony app that doesn’t quite give a full trick.
Similar to the app CharcoalArtist (same developers, same price, similar results), Cartoonizer’s best feature is the name. Drop in a photo, use a preset, or tweak any of seven slider tools, and a color photo becomes cartoon-like.
The developer’s images are not bad, and definitely resemble a color cartoon image.
A floating window displays the original color photo. The floating tools palette gives you granular control over Cartooniness, Gloss, Gamma, Saturation (my favorite), Brightness, Contrast, and Hue.
See? Not bad. Actually, not all that good. Some photos won’t appear cartoon-like without plenty of tweaking. Others remain color-laden blobs no matter how much tweaking you give it.
Cartoonizer suffers in a few ways. My tingling Wonder Woman sense for what-you-get-for-what-you-pay draws a line at 99-cents or $1.99 for Mac App Store apps that don’t have a try-before-you-buy option.
The tools, despite the presets, are limited, so the results will be limited, too.
If you’re really interested in becoming a comic artist or cartoonist, try Comic Life instead. There’s nothing better for Mac users with an urge to create a true cartoon or comic book look. Witty, insightful balloon text optional.