How to Create a Cartoon Avatar from a Photo

Many social media websites allow their users to create avatars, cartoon-like images of the person or user. Avatars are widely used on all kinds of websites, including Facebook and Bitmoji. Your online cartoon counterpart can have many adventures on a variety of sites, and many people like to create new avatars for their various social media platforms. With the help of one of the many online platforms, you can create your own cartoon with or without a photo.

Creating a cartoon avatar is very easy and you can do it with free software and websites available online. In this article, we'll show you the basics of creating a cartoon avatar for yourself, both from a photograph and from scratch.

How to Create a Cartoon from a Photo on Android

Making a cartoon version of your favorite photo is very easy on an Android device. You will have to use a third-party application because the native photo editor, although it offers many interesting options, does not offer the possibility of creating cartoons.

We scoured the Google Play Store for a high-quality free app, and found the Cartoon Photo Editor.

First, you will need to install the app and then let it access the photos stored on your Android device. Then you can follow these steps to make your photo into a cartoon:

  1. Open the app and tap "Photos".
  2. Select a photo from your phone's gallery. Next, scroll through the selections at the bottom until you see the "Cartoon+" option. Of course, you can select any of the options you want.
  3. Tap the download icon to save the photo to your phone's gallery.

That's all we can say about it! Your photo will now look like a cartoon and it's saved in your gallery, ready to share with anyone. Many apps are available on the Google Play Store, so if you want more features, definitely look for other apps. Remember that most apps you will come across will have a monthly subscription.

How to Create a Cartoon from a Photo on iOS

The native photo editor on an iPhone will not turn your photos into a cartoon. Luckily, there are third-party apps for iOS users as well.

One of the apps available for iOS users is ToonMe. This simple application is free and easy to use.

Here's how to turn a photo into a cartoon if you're using an iPhone or iPad:

Open the ToonMe app and tap the ToonMe icon in the lower left corner.

Tap to upload the photo of your choice. If this is your first time using the app, you'll need to tap "Allow" before you can upload photos.

The app will automatically do all the work to make your photo into a cartoon. Then you can tap the download icon to add the photo to your gallery.

The free version of ToonMe will turn your photos into cartoons. But if you want more features, you can sign up for the Pro version for just $4,99/month.

As we discussed above, there are plenty of apps available in the app store that will make your photos look cartoonish. If you want to do more than what ToonMe offers, a simple search of the App Store will surely bring you other great options.

How to Create a Cartoon from a Photo on PC

PC users have so many possibilities for photo editing that it's hard to narrow down your options. You can use applications, websites and software. For the purposes of our article, we were looking for simple and free solutions. A quick internet search will reveal plenty of websites and applications ready for the task.

We love It's easy to use, free, and requires no login or personal information.

Here's how to turn any photo into a cartoon on PC:

  1. Go to the website and click "Browse" to select the photo you want to turn into a cartoon.
  2. Click on “Caricature online”.
  3. The website will do all the work for you. Click "Download".

The cartoon version of your photo will appear in the file you select. Similar to the Android app we highlighted above, you can use any photo you want; this site does not limit you to selfies.

Other options

With so many apps available, finding the right one can be difficult. To see a list of all available apps, type "cartoon avatar photo maker" in the search bar of the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Your choice will depend on the cartoon character style you're looking for, as well as the level of control and number of editing options you want in your software. Some examples you can try are Cartoon Photo Editor by Game Brain and Cartoon Photo by Pixelab. Both are photo editors and can be downloaded for free from an app store.

Note: If you have an iOS device, you can view:

  1. Cartoon Face Animation Maker by VicMan LLC
  2. Clip2Comic & Caricature Maker par DigitalMasterpieces GmbH
  3. Sketch me! by Bluebear Technologies Ltd.

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

When you download the app you like, just go through the setup process and make sure the app has access to your phone's photos. Each app will have a download option. Tap on it and upload the photo you want to use.

If you'd rather not install software or use an app, there are many web services that will generate an avatar for you based on your photo. Let's take a look at a few options to see what this might look like.

BeFunky One-Click Converter

BeFunky is an online graphics service with many different features and options, and one of the options they have is a one-click photo cartoon maker. This is an upgrade from their free product, but you can try it for free. The image above is an example of the final output. As you can see it has a totally different feel than the previous cartoon, you might want to play around with different options to choose the style that suits you.


LunaPic is another online photo editor with the ability to turn photos into cartoons. The site also offers a wide variety of other editing tools. The image above is the default cartoon filter.

Create an avatar without a photo

Another option you might want to check out is a cartoon avatar maker. These apps don't require a photo or artistic ability and let you choose the features that best represent you.

There are character designers for different art styles. Try Cartoon Creator – Avatar Maker by Picfix Art Studio for generic cartoon avatars that remind us a bit of the Wii-moji. If you prefer anime characters, you might want to check out Avatar Maker: Anime by Avatars Makers Factory. Of course, apps like Bitmoji have an internal cartoon maker.

Cartoon avatar makers are handy if you want a simple representation of yourself that isn't really your photo. Avatars like these can come in handy when you need them for public forums or other places online where you want to keep your identity a secret while still wanting to express your true self.

There are also websites you can use to turn your photo into a cartoon. We wrote a tutorial article on websites where you can make yourself a cartoon for free!

Frequently Asked Questions

Photo editing is really fun! If you have more questions on how to turn a photo into a cartoon, keep reading!

What's the difference between a Bitmoji and a cartoon avatar?

Bitmojis have become extremely popular on social media platforms over the past few years. They're cartoon versions of yourself, but with one big difference; they do not convert your existing photo to a cartoon. Instead, you go to the Bitmoji site or app, create an account, and create your lookalike from scratch. Choose hair color, skin tones, eye colors and even clothes.

If you use Snapchat and now Facebook, you can change your Bitmoji at any time to reflect your current mood.

Can I turn my photo into a cartoon without using third-party apps or websites?

Although mobile phone editing tools have become much better than before, they still do not allow us to convert a photo into a cartoon avatar. Maybe we will see this native feature soon.

Latest Thoughts

Many camera apps have "artistic" filters that you can use on existing photos. Rather than downloading another app, you might want to check 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're using your original camera, you still have options. Just check out the recommended apps or try some new ones. Most are free from your app store, so try a few until you find the one that's right for you.

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