How to make a cartoon avatar from a photo

Many social media websites allow their users to create avatars, cartoon-like images of the person or the user. Avatars are widely used on all kinds of websites including Facebook and Bitmoji. Your online cartoon counterpart can have a lot of adventures on a variety of sites, and a lot of people like to create new avatars for their different 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 making a cartoon avatar for yourself, both from a photograph and from scratch.

How to make a cartoon from a photo on Android

Making a cartoon version of your favorite photo is very easy on Android device. You will have to use a third-party app because the native photo editor, while it has a lot of great options, does not offer the ability to create cartoons.

We searched the Google Play Store for a high quality free app and found 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 a cartoon:

  1. Open the app and tap “Photos”.
  2. Select a photo from your phone’s gallery. Then scroll down 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 to your gallery, ready to share with anyone. There are a lot of apps available on the Google Play Store, so if you want more features, definitely look for other apps. Keep in mind that most of the apps you 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. Fortunately, there are third-party apps for iOS users as well.

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

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

  1. Open the ToonMe app and tap the ToonMe icon in the lower left corner.
  2. Tap to upload the desired photo. If this is your first time using the app, you will need to press “Allow” before you can upload photos.
  3. The app will automatically do all the work to make your photo a cartoon. Then you can tap the download icon to add the image 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 like a cartoon. If you want to do more than ToonMe’s offerings, a simple search in the App Store will surely give you other great options.

How to make a cartoon from a photo on PC

PC users have so many options for photo editing that it is difficult to narrow down your options. You can use apps, websites and software. For the purposes of our article, we were looking for simple, free solutions. A quick internet search will reveal many up-to-date websites and applications.

We love It’s easy to use, free, and doesn’t require any 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 on “Download”.

The cartoon version of your photo will appear in the file you select. Like the Android app we highlighted above, you can use any image you like; this site doesn’t limit you to selfies.

Other options

With so many apps available, finding the right one can be difficult. Type “cartoon avatar photo maker” into the search bar of the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to see a list of all available apps.

Your choice will depend on the cartoon character style you are 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 from Game Brain and a cartoon photo from 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 Creator by VicMan LLC
  2. Clip2Comic & Caricature Maker by 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 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 any 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.

One-click converter BeFunky

BeFunky is an online graphics service with a lot of different features and options, and one of the options they have is one click cartoon photo maker. This is an upgrade to 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 to the previous cartoon, so you might want to play around with various 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 that you might want to check out is a cartoon avatar maker. These apps don’t require photo or artistic ability and let you choose the features that best represent you.

There are character creators for different art styles. Try Cartoon Maker – Avatar Creator from Picfix Art Studio for generic cartoon avatars that kind of reminds us of Wii-moji. If you prefer anime characters, you can check out Avatar Maker: Anime by Avatars Makers Factory. Of course, apps like Bitmoji have an in-house cartoon creator.

Cartoon avatar makers come in 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 some websites that you can use to turn your photo into a cartoon. We have written 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 is the difference between a Bitmoji and a cartoon avatar?

Bitmojis have become extremely popular on social media platforms over the past few years. These are cartoon versions of yourself, but with a big difference; they don’t convert your existing photo to cartoon. Instead, you go to the Bitmoji site or app, create an account, and create your doppelganger from scratch. Bitmojis allow you to choose your hair color, skin tone, eye color, and even your 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 cell phone editing tools have become much better than before, they do not yet allow us to convert a photo to a cartoon avatar. Maybe we’ll see this native feature soon.

Final 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 are 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 original camera, you still have options. Just check out recommended apps or try new ones. Most are free from your app store, so try a few until you find the right one for you.

Jack C. Nugent