How to Turn Your Picture Into a Doodle

By Erick Kristian

Turning a picture into a doodle or cartoon can seem difficult to those with little graphic design experience. Fortunately, dozens of websites and programs exist specifically for this purpose; most are free to use. The software works by recognizing key elements in the photo and then remapping the colors to a simple cartoon color pallet and removing fine details. Some programs even offer cartoon styles such as Anime or Disney. The process usually takes less than a couple of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Image editing software

Step 1

Visit a website that offers photo conversions to cartoons (see Resources for options). These websites have similar instructions for creating doodles.

Step 2

Click on the "Choose File" button. This will pop open an explorer window. Locate the picture file that will be converted into a doodle on the computer and click "OK."

Step 3

Select any "Options" offered by the site. The default options should be fine for most users.

Step 4

Click the "Upload" button. The photo will be uploaded. After the upload, the photo will appear in the "Editing" window.

Step 5

Select what "Effect" the photo should have from the "Effects Menu."

Step 6

Locate the "Doodle" or "Cartoon" effect and click "Apply."

Step 7

The picture will be turned into a doodle. Download the newly edited picture to the computer by right-clicking on it, selecting "Save As," entering a "File Name" and clicking "Save."