How To Create a Cartoon Avatar from a Photo

Posted by Arch on November 5, 2018

Are you looking for a creative way to tweak your avatar? Do you want a unique twist on your own image? If so, why not make a cartoon avatar of yourself?

Creating a cartoon avatar from a photo is easy, and much of the software is available online for free. Keep reading to find easy instructions on how to turn your favorite photo into a cartoon avatar.


Avatars have come a long way in recent years. Don’t settle for a grainy selfie or a boring stock photo. Most moderators allow you creative freedom with your avatar choices, so why not make the most of them?

Turning your photo into a cartoon avatar is simple and you don’t have to find a local artist to do it either.

Creating a Cartoon New You

Turning your photo into an incognito cartoon representation is easy. Check out these easy steps to find out how.

Step 1 – Find a Cartoon App

With so many apps available, finding the “right” one may prove hard. To see a list of all available apps, type “cartoon avatar photo maker” into the search bar of the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Your choice will depend on the cartoon character style you’re looking for, as well as the level of control and the amount of editing options that you want in your software. Do you want one that renders the cartoon life-like and close to the photo or do you want a complete art overhaul?

A couple of examples you can try are Cartoon Photo Editor by Game Brain and cartoon camera by Pixelab. Both are photo editors and free to download from an app store.

If you have an iOS device, you may want to check out:

  1. Cartoon Face animation creator by VicMan LLC
  2. Clip2Comic & Caricature Maker by DigitalMasterpieces GmbH
  3. Sketch Me! by Bluebear Technologies Ltd.

Most photo editor apps like the ones mentioned are free to download, but keep in mind that in-app purchases probably apply.

Step 2 – Open the App

Next, it’s time to open your new cartoon app. Allow all the necessary permissions so that the app can use your camera or access your gallery as needed.

Each interface may be slightly different, but the essence of it should remain the same.

If you chose to try the cartoon camera app, for example, the main screen will feature only 4 icons:

  1. Upper-right corner – Settings or Gear icon
  2. Lower-right corner – In-App purchases or Shopping cart
  3. Middle top – Camera icon
  4. Middle bottom – Photo icon

Many of these apps are user-friendly and intuitive, so you shouldn’t have a problem using them. Your next step is to navigate to your photos so that you can convert the image you want to use for your avatar.

Tap on the Photo icon, or the equivalent for your app, to see your photo gallery.

Step 3 – Convert Your Photo

Lastly, it’s time to convert your photo. When you tap on the Photo icon, the app will open your Gallery. Choose the picture you want to convert.

The next screen should take you to the filter options. Try out different ones. When you are ready to proceed, tap on the downward arrow to download the new image to your phone.

Cartoon Avatar Creations Without a Photo

Another option you may want to check out is a cartoon avatar creator. These apps normally don’t require a photo beforehand, but if you want to, you can pick various options to make the character look more like you.

There are character creators for different artistic styles. Try Cartoon Maker – Avatar Creator by Picfix Art Studio for generic cartoon avatars. If you prefer anime characters, you may want to check out Avatar Maker: Anime by Avatars Makers Factory.

Cartoon avatar creators are convenient if you want a simple representation of you that isn’t really your photo. Avatars like these may come in handy when you need one for public forums or other online places where you want to keep your identity a secret.

Final Thought

Cartoon creators and artsy photo editors may put a unique spin on an otherwise bland photo. Keep in mind that you may already have the means to do this on your smartphone.

Many camera apps have “artistic” filters that you can use on existing photos. Rather than downloading another app, you may want to check to see if you already have these capabilities. You’re more likely to have these types of filters if you have a different camera app than the one that came with your phone.

Finally, if you are using your stock camera, you still have options. Simply check out the recommended apps or try out some new ones. Most are free from your app store, so try out a few until you find the one that’s right for you.

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