Pop art, short for popular art, emerged in the late 1950s. The pop art movement was influenced by American consumerism, television, movies, and comic books. There were several artists to emerge from the pop art movement; however the style that was uniquely Andy Warhol‘s is the most recognizable. Reprints of his portraits featuring popular celebrities of the era continue to be quite popular. It’s not unusual to find reprints of Andy Warhol’s art hanging on the walls of homes and offices decorated in a modern or retro style.
BeFunky gives you the tools to turn your favorite images into pop art style, suitable to hang on any wall, print on a variety of products, or to post to your Internet profiles. In fact, you will be so impressed with the results that you may want to turn all your friend’s pics into a pop art photo. Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise your friends with pop art gifts featuring their own likenesses?
Choosing the right photo
Most pop art artworks borrow subjects from pop culture of the 1950’s and 60’s—famous people and mundane products. Try using a photo of your favorite star, or maybe your new iPhone. Or make yourself the subject of a pop art painting. Whatever image you choose, it should have a simple, solid-colored background.
Turning your photos into pop art
Go to the create page and upload your photo to get started. When your image appears on-screen you can use the cropping tool to zoom in tighter. This is a good way to crop out any distracting background clutter.
Next, click Pop Art in the left margin. The menu expands, displaying different pop art effects. Select one to start the modifications to your photo. The BeFunky progress bar appears while your image is modified with the chosen style. It won’t take long. Soon your modified image will appear on screen.
Voila! You have created a pop art masterpiece! But don’t stop there. You will want to experiment! Click Settings in the tools menu to open the Settings pop-up. Each pop-art effect has a different combination of settings for you to experiment with. Most are changed with a slider control.
- Changing Sketch Detail, Detail Level, and Silhouette Amount modifies details and contrast.
- Colors can be modified by changing Brightness, Color Space or Color Value settings.
- You can vary the intensity of the newsprint quality with the Halftone Size control.
Experiment with the available settings to discover how they alter your image. You can always return to the original settings by clicking Reset.
When you are happy with the results, use the buttons at the top right menu to save, share or print your new creation.
Have fun turning all your photos into pop art.