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50 Insane Comic-Book Style Photoshop Effects

Comic books and graphic novels combine two things every designer aspires to meld: real meaning and pure, unadulterated eye candy. Here we introduce 30 of the best ever tuts on using Photoshop to create stunning comic-book style art, along with 20 insane comic-book style effects.

Although, if you’re looking for premium quality Photoshop Photo Effects, then choose from our assortment of creative options, such as The Comic Effect or Comic Book Action, available for purchase on GraphicRiver.

Best Photoshop photo effects
Best Photoshop Photo Effects, available on GraphicRiver.

Note: This post was originally posted in September 2008 and has since been updated to include new links and remove old ones, as of November 2016.

10 Photoshop Tutorials From Envato Tuts+

Let’s begin with tutorials from none other than our amazing instructors here at Envato Tuts+. From photo manipulations to fun comic text effects, dive into these incredible tutorials to learn more about comic and cartoon art.

20 Top Tutorials From the Web

The next tutorials hail from all over the web. Learn how to create interesting comic effects and more, using only Adobe Photoshop.

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect

How to Draw Comics in Adobe Photoshop

How to Draw Comics in Adobe Photoshop

Create a Graphic Novel Effect

Create a Graphic Novel Effect

Create a Comic Art Effect

Create a Comic Art Effect

Turn Photos of People into Line Art

Turn Photos of People into Line Art

Create Pop Art Inspired by Lichtenstein

Create Pop Art Inspired by Lichtenstein

Learn How to Color Line Art

Learn How to Color Line Art

Super Hero Coloring Tutorial

Super Hero Coloring Tutorial

How to Create a Comic Book Effect

How to Create a Comic Book Effect

Advanced Cell Shading in Adobe Photoshop

Advanced Cell Shading in Adobe Photoshop

Popular Comic Art Tutorial

Popular Comic Art Tutorial

Digitally Paint Comics Like The Pros

Digitally Paint Comics Like The Pros

From Sketch to Vector Illustration

From Sketch to Vector Illustration

Comic Book Style Graphic Design

Comic Book Style Graphic Design

Creating a Graphic Novel Look in Photoshop

Creating a Graphic Novel Look in Photoshop

Creating a Comic Book Effect

Creating a Comic Book Effect

Create a Sin City Style Effect

Create a Sin City Style Effect

Comic Effect Tutorial

Comic Effect Tutorial

Vector Comic Tutorial for Photoshop

Vector Comic Tutorial for Photoshop

Create a Comic Style Digital Painting

Create a Comic Style Digital Painting

10 Comic Style Text Effects

Now for the goodies! Included in this selection are 10 amazing comic-book style Text Effects and Layer Styles taken from GraphicRiver and Envato Elements. Download these awesome assets to get access to these incredible effects.

Comic Book Text Styles

This awesome package comes complete with 8 different comic book style text effects. Apply them easily to your headlines and titles and customize them easily using the fully editable layers.

Comic Book Text Styles

Cartoon and Comic Book Text Styles

If you can’t get enough of some of your favorite cartoon classics, then you’re sure to love these amazing Photoshop styles. Included in this package are 10 amazingly different styles perfect for your next comic book and so much more!

Cartoon and Comic Book Text Styles

Cartoon and Comic Book Photoshop Styles

Pow, wham, and bam your way to the top with these fun Photoshop styles! Designed after that classic comic book look, download this file to get access to six uniquely different comic book text effects.

Cartoon and Comic Book Photoshop Styles

Cartoon Text Effects

Create impressive designs with these gorgeous 3D Photoshop text effects. Inspired by the wonderful charm of old-school cartoons, these text effects are perfect for logos, titles, and so much more!

Cartoon Text Effects

Blockbuster Heroes Style Text Effects

Who doesn’t love a great bundle? Spend your money the smart way with these high-impact Photoshop text effects. They’re designed after blockbuster movies and amazing video game effects, and you’ll definitely want to check out what you can create with these wonderful assets.

Blockbuster Heroes Style Text Effects

Comic Book Text Styles

If you’re looking for that classic comic book look, then you’ll love these vintage text styles. This package features 11 unique text effects, and even includes vector splashes, speech bubbles, and explosions!

Comic Book Text Styles

Vintage Comic Creator

If the allure of retro design is more your style, check out this awesome vintage comic creator. Not only does this package include all the elements you need to create a classic design, but it also includes additional layer styles you can apply to text and more!

Vintage Comic Creator

The Retro Comic Book Tool Kit

Roll up your sleeves and dive into everything comic-related with this amazing comic book tool kit. Among some of the incredible goodies in this package, you’ll also find a bonus set of layer styles to amp up your text effects and bring your designs to a whole new level!

The Retro Comic Book Tool Kit

Retro Vintage Text Effect

Vintage text effects are jam packed with charming design. And you can get access to this incredible package by downloading this wonderful set of 10 different Photoshop text effects. All backgrounds are included as well as links to free font downloads.

Retro Vintage Text Effect

Retro Style Text Effects

Give your comic book designs that high quality vintage look with this set of retro styled text effects. Included are 30 customizable files that will perfectly incorporate that touch of vintage design into your next creative projects.

Retro Style Text Effects

10 Comic Style Photoshop Actions

Last but not least, let’s throw some incredible Photoshop Actions into the mix as well. From Sin City-inspired effects to amazing cell shading, try out these actions curated from Envato Elements and Envato Market.

Cartoon and Comic-Book Effect Action

Instantly turn your photos into a cool comic book with this awesome Photoshop action. This action can work with any size image and includes a help file along with the download for more helpful information.

Cartoon and Comic-Book Effect Action

ComicBook iT – Comic Book Image Converting Action

Convert your original photos into a creative cartoon style with this fun Photoshop action. Included in this package are four unique Photoshop actions with a full user guide and easy-to-follow instructions.

ComicBook iT - Comic Book Image Converting Action

Comic Book Action

Download and load this amazing Photoshop action to give your photos or artwork that fun comic book look! This action includes many different styles to choose from and is best if completed in RGB Mode before converting to CMYK.

Comic Book Action

All Charles Brown’s Colored Pencil Drawing Bundle

Transform your photos into a work of art with this fun pencil drawing Photoshop action. This bundle features 10 Photoshop actions at a new, remarkably low price. Get access to effects like the image below and so much more!

All Charles Browns Colored Pencil Drawing Bundle

Cell Shader Photoshop Action

If you don’t have the time to learn the technique of cell shading, consider giving this Photoshop action a try! With this Photoshop action, you simply drag a photo onto your document and play the action for a cool cell shading effect.

Cell Shader Photoshop Action

Comics Book Photoshop Creator

Have you ever wanted your own comic book? Well now you can have it with this amazingly awesome Photoshop action. Perfect for Photoshop beginners, this package includes one incredible Photoshop action, along with 20 vector speech bubbles, and 7 vector comic sound effects.

Comics Book Photoshop Creator

Painting & Comics Photoshop Actions

Looking for that professional retouched look? Download this awesome set of painting and comic-inspired Photoshop actions to transform your photos into a work of art. This set includes 12 professional Photoshop actions as well as fully detailed instructions.

Painting  Comics Photoshop Actions

Sin City Photoshop Actions

The blockbuster hit, Sin City, was known for its incredible graphics and unique style. And you can achieve a similar look with this Photoshop action. This action features a professional set of Sin City-inspired visual effects to alter your images non-destructively.

Sin City Photoshop Actions

Cell Shader Photoshop Action

Cell shading is not limited to the drawing elite! You can achieve the same awesome cell shaded look just by downloading this Photoshop action. Simply open up your photo, play the action, and enjoy your new impressive design!

Cell Shader Photoshop Action

Strokes Photoshop Action

Turn your photos into insane works of art with this stroke-based Photoshop action. It’s creatively designed to fit the look of traditional art, so you can upgrade your photography with a new creative look that is sure to impress any viewer.

Strokes Photoshop Action

Conclusion

If you’re looking for premium quality Photoshop Photo Effects, then choose from our assortment of creative assets on GraphicRiver. There are a number of comic book effects to choose from, such as The Comic EffectComic Book Action, Retro Comic Book, and so much more!

And if you need a more hands-on approach to your designs, enlist the help of the amazing design professionals at Envato Studio, to help you with all your creative needs.