Photo Effects

How to transform an image to a pencil sketch using Photoshop.


In this Photoshop tutorial we are going to apply a pencil sketch effect to a image.

Tutorial Resources:

First open the image you would like to use.

Change the name of the image layer to Main.


Now create a new Fill Layer. Click Layer > Select New Fill Layer >
click Solid Color.

Name the Layer Paper then click OK.

Select a light gray color from the Color Picker, then click OK.


Now we are going to add a Texture Layer. Click Layer > Select New Fill Layer >Then click Pattern.

Name the New Layer Texture and click OK.

From the Pattern fill options select the Gray Granite then click OK. The new Texture layer should be above the Paper layer.

The new Texture layer should be above the Paper layer.

Make sure the Texture layer is selected and change the Opacity to 50% then change the Blend Mode to Multiply. The texture layer will blend into the paper layer.

Now Make a copy of the Main Image Layer. Select the Main Layer, Click Layer > Then Click Duplicate Layer.

Name this Layer Outline, then click Ok.

Move the Outline Layer to the top of all the Layers.

We now need an outline reference for when we start sketching. Click Filter > Then Click Gallery Filter.

Select the Glowing Edges option. Then Click Ok

The image should now be mostly black, with just the basic features of the imaging showing.

We are now going to Invert the image.Make sure the Outline layer is selected. Click Image >Select Adjustments > Then Click Invert.

Now the image will have some details on a white background.

Now we need to remove the colour from the image. Click Image >Select Adjustments > Then Click Desaturate.

With the Outline Layer still selected, change the Opacity to 50%and set the Blend Mode to Multiply.

The Outline layer will now blend into the texture layer.

 

Like we did before we need to duplicate the Main Image Layer. Select the Main Image Layer Click Layer > Then click Duplicate Layer.

Name this Layer Sketch Then Click Ok. Move the Sketch Layer to the top of all the Layers.

We now need to change the image to black and white. Click Image > Select Adjustments > Click Black and White > From the Preset options select High Contrast Blue Filter.

 

Now we need to add a Layer Mask. With the Sketch Layer Select Click the Add Layer Mask from the bottom of the Layers Panel.

If the layer mask is white, Press Ctrl+I for Windows, Cmd + I for Mac to invert it to black.

The image should now be hidden and only the outline showing. Select the brush tool. Change the brush size to 300px. Then Select the Flat Curve Bush.


Make sure the Foreground color is set to white. If the Foreground color is not set to white press D. To reset it to white.

Now make sure the Sketch Layer is active and the Layer Mask is selected. Now is time for us to start sketching the image. Click and Hold the left mouse
button and drag the brush across the image with broad strokes.

Do not just move the brush in one direction move the brush in different directions.Before, moving the brush in a different direction releasing mouse button, Press and hold the mouse button again and move the brush in a new direction.

If you make a mistake. Press X to change the brush to black and paint over the brush strokes out. To switch back to the white brush press x again.

You can expose as much or as little of the black and white image as you would like just do not bush over one section to much because you will loose the sketch effect.

Once you are finished applying the brush strokes and is happy with the how the image looksThe final step is to Change the Opacity of the Outline Layer, 20 % this will reduce the impact of the hard outlines.

 

 

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