Here’s a new way to convert regular, ordinary, run-of-the-mill photographs into works of cartoonish art. That’s right, your Mac has a new trick to learn. Grab a photo from iPhoto, drop it on Artoon, and convert the humdrum banality of a photo into something Disneyesque or Hanna-Barbera-like. Or, better.
Cartoons By The Masses
Back in the day, when cowboys were men, and cameras were complicated, we photographer wannabes had the cost of film standing in the way of creativity.
Film was expensive so every shot had to be properly composed, appropriately exposed, then carefully developed, then processed and printed.
Today, photography is all point and shoot, and the instant photos are low cost and of decent quality. It’s post production where the fun begins.
Artoon is one of those new breed Mac apps which takes a basic photograph– close up, portrait, scene, or whatever– and turns it into cartoon-like characters and images.
Drop in a photo, choose from a list of presets (or customize a preset and save it as your own), and what you see is what you get.
Are these pictures worth a thousand comic strip or comic book words?
How you get from basic photo to art cartoon is mostly point and click, with a few adjustments to slider bars to match your tastes.
Artoon comes with presets to get you started. Select one from the four available Style Browser options– Vectoon, Cartoon, Poptoon, and Monotoon.
Each preset comes with additional options to adjust color smoothing, change color vibrancy, alter outline style, and slider bars for width and details. Adjusted values can be saved as your own preset.
There’s also an iPhone version of Artoons which gives options to upload to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, and save photos to your iOS photo library. Artoons costs a few dollars, and shouldn’t be the only Mac photo enhancement app in your Applications folder, but it’s a worthy addition for a different look.