Cartooning is a new way of creating avatars and you cannot go far on the internet before coming across one. If you want to get in on the action, here are the best websites to cartoon yourself for free.
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The benefit of these websites is that you need no artistic skill of your own to transform an image. All you need do is prepare an image, upload it, cartoonize it and use it. That’s all there is to it. The type of image you use it up to you, but a head and shoulders shot works best for profiles or avatars. You can use what you like though.
Avatars have been around since the earliest days of the internet. They are a way of representing yourself online without using a real image. They can be humorous, descriptive, serious or anything you like, but they must be interesting. These websites can help.
Pho.to is a pretty cool website that performs a lot of image manipulation including cartooning. It doesn’t just work with portraits but with any kind of image. Just upload the image to the website, point it to one online or your Facebook profile and the site will do the rest. It will turn it into a cartoon, morph it and more. The site also offers retouching, special effects and other photo trickery.
BeFunky is also pretty cool with cartoon and other effects available on the site. There is also an app for playing while on the move which is quite amusing. BeFunky is actually quite powerful and has a detailed photo imaging app within the site. To cartoonize, you need to enter the photo editor, select Artsy from the side menu and then Cartoonizer. It creates some very good effects!
Snapstouch isn’t quite as fully featured as the preceding two but it can still do a lot with images, including cartoon them. Upload an image and select from the top menu, Sketch, Pencil Sketch, Painting, Drawing, Outline and Color Effect. Your image will be adjusted accordingly. Each style has specific settings too so it’s easy to find the perfect look.
Pick a Face
Pick a Face is slightly different in that you don’t upload an image to cartoonize, you create one from scratch. It uses a graphical editor to create a face and a series of options to fine tune the cartoon to just the way you like it. While not quite as impressive as photo manipulation, in the right hands it is entirely possible to create a likeness.
Any Making is a curious name for a pretty good website. It allows you to apply dozens of effects to an image, including cartoon effects. Choose an effect, upload an image and the site will do the rest. The end result is pretty good too. While there are no options to really fine tune the result, the defaults deliver a credible cartoon that you can use wherever you like.
Meez is where cartooning meets social media. You have to join to use the site but you can log in using Facebook. You can then create a 3D model of yourself or who you want to be. The site also has games and social elements like chat rooms where you can show off your creation or use it how you see fit. You can also use the model in other supported social networks too.
Rollip is another powerful image manipulation website where you can cartoon yourself for free. Select a filter, upload an image and the site will do the rest. There are two that are pretty good, Carbon Copy and Water Colors. There is no specific cartoon effect but these two filters create some very good cartoon likenesses.
Monjee is a terrible looking website but it does a good job of creating cartoons and manipulated images. Upload the image and you can select from a wide range of effects to create a look you like. There are also stock images already on the site if you want to experiment a little first.
Face Your Manga
Face Your Manga is a very popular website to cartoon yourself for free, especially if you like Japanese culture. The site is simple but effective and features hundreds of options to create a cartoon from scratch. You can then save your new avatar to use as you see fit. If you are artistically inclined, this is one of the best sites out there for avatar creation.
South Park Avatar
South Park Avatar takes a humorous look at cartoons and allows you to create your very own South Park style cartoon. There are lots of predefined avatars that you can use, edit and change offering hours of fun if you’re into the show. The randomizer is a lot of fun too and often comes to my rescue when looking for something creative!
PicJoke is a tough one as the site itself is not very welcoming but the sheer potential of what it hides makes patience worthwhile. You can use stock images or upload your own and then select an effect by date from the left menu. It may take a while to find what you’re looking for but there are hundreds, if not thousands of effects to choose from. For volume alone this site is worth checking out.
PiZap is a great looking site with a simple flat design. It allows you to upload images and manipulate them in multiple ways including cartoonizing. You aren’t restricted to portraits though, you can apply effects to any kind of image. It also allows you to create Emoji, Facebook and Twitter covers, collages and design freehand. It’s a pretty good website for budding artists.
Picture to People
Picture to People is my final website to cartoon yourself for free. Again, it isn’t the best looking website in the world but what it does, it does well. Upload an image and you have hundreds of options for effects, filters, cartooning and more. You can also add text, frames, logos and more. Turn images into stickers and generally play around with images. It is a deep site with a lot to offer once you can find your way around.