How to get GTA type Cartoon Effect In Photoshop CS5?


I'm new to Photoshop and was wondering how to achieve this sort of cartoon effect. I looked everywhere, youtube, blogs and stuff but still non were close to what I'm looking for. Look at the picture for clarity:

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I tried the following but didn't get what I was looking for:

Made a duplicate layer of the image and then Filter -> Sketch -> Stamp and after that multiply them.

Image -> Adjustment -> Posterize

Filer -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask

Using PS CS5 Extended.

Screenshots from my experiment: pic enter image description here

Is there any fast and better way of doing it? Thanks.

8/26/2014 4:58:00 PM

I'm pretty sure the image you'd like to recreate wasn't made using Photoshop filters of plugins. I think it was most likely created using vectors on adobe illustrator or created using some other sort of illustration. They won't have converted a photo to the cartoon style. They would have used the photo as just a guideline for their own separate minimalist illustration.

TLDR; It wasn't created using an effect. It's a separate illustration made from scratch and can't be replicated using Photoshop filters.

I'd suggest looking into digital illustration if you want to create something like that, but there's no fast or easy way of doing it.

8/26/2014 4:31:00 PM