I haven’t seen Blue Peter for a fair few years. In my day it was all sticky-back plastic this and toilet roll that, but the photographer in me hopes that things have moved on. By now, surely, those ever-eager presenters ought to be demonstrating the extensive creative possibilities of the camera and the endless joys of editing software. No? Shame. Good job PC Advisor's here to help...
1. Open your chosen image in Elements and select Edit, Full Edit at the top of the screen. Lichtenstein’s work is based on dots, so we’ll start by creating some halftone dots. Select File, Duplicate and press ok in the pop-up dialog box to confirm. Now choose Image, Mode, Grayscale and click ok.
2. We’ll use a filter to create the dots. Select Filter, Pixelate, Color Halftone. The dots should be obvious, and the ideal maximum radius will depend on the original size of the image. For our image (captured with a seven-megapixel camera) a radius of 40 pixels is appropriate. Experiment until the picture looks right.
3. Go back to the original colour shot. Select Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels. Slowly drag the white and black triangles towards the middle of the histogram until the contrast looks quite harsh. Now select Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to about four pixels (again, experiment to get this right) and hit ok.
4. We’ll use a filter to give the image a comic-book appearance. Select Filter, Artistic, Poster Edges. We’ve used the following settings: Thickness = 10; Intensity = 4; Posterization = 1. Adjust the sliders until you’re happy with the effect, then hit ok. You can press Cancel at any time to undo your changes.