Turn a photo into a pencil sketch in Photoshop tutorial

Turn a photo into a pencil sketch in Photoshop tutorial

Turn a Photo Into a Pencil Sketch in PhotoshopTutorial Hey guys, Colin Smith here from PhotoshopCAFE.


This week, I'm going to show you how to takea photograph and turn it into a pencil sketch in Photoshop.

All right, here's a fun effect that I've actuallybeen doing for years.

I actually have a written tutorial about thisat PhotoshopCAFE.

Com, so if you want to follow along with the steps, just check out the stepsunderneath; there's a link there.

But what I'm going to do is I'm going to showyou in a video right now how to take a photograph and make it look like a pencil sketch.

Then, at the end, I'm going to do a coupleof fun little creative touches to it.

So, without further ado, let's just jump rightin and get started right now.

All right, so what you want to do is you wantto start with an image.

Notice I'm viewing this image at 100% view,which is full size.

You really want to do that when you're doingthis effect.

Now this is an image I grabbed from AdobeStock.

You can see up here, beautifulyoungwomanwithRedRose.

Just do a research on there and you'll beable to find it, or just use one of your own photos.

This technique works for any photo.

So the first thing we're going to do is I'mjust going to duplicate this.

So I'm just going to grab it here and justclick and drag to the New Layer icon and this creates a copy.

Now the reason I'm doing that is just to preservethe color one and the background.

We didn't actually need to do that, but we'regoing to do our effect up here.

So the first thing we want to do is get allthe color out of here, so we just need to desaturate it.

You could hit Command Shift U or Ctrl ShiftU to desaturate, or just go up under the Menu here, and you can just go under Image, Adjustments,and then, just go down to Desaturate.

And if you click there, what we've done iswe've just desaturated it.

So what we have right now is we have a blackand white layer here.

So what I want to do now is I want to duplicatethis, I want to copy it, so I can hit Ctrl J, or just click and drag down here to makea copy, so, now, we have two copies of it.

We want to take our first copy at the topand we want to invert this.

So I want to have the exact opposite of whatwe're looking at, so we can just hit Ctrl I, that would be Command I on Mac, and, now,we've created an inverted copy.

So what we have now is the black and whitein regular and inverted.

So we're just going to use the Blend Mode,which is where all the magic happens.

So we're going up to the Blend Mode here andwe're going to change this to Color Dodge.

And we can see when we do that, pretty muchall the details are gone.

Quite often, you're going to see a completelywhite canvas, and don't worry.

Don't be alarmed because we make the magichappen by going under here, under Filter, Blur, now we're going to go down to the GaussianBlur.

Well, now, you see, we start to get this sketch.

So we can really decide how thin we want it.

So if we go all the way down to a very, verynarrow radius, notice we can get a very pencil-looking sketch, with very, very thin lines, and, youknow, as we increase it, we start to see more detail, so you can get it, you know, almostjust like a black and white version right there.

So you want to find about where you like it.

I'm kind of digging it about here, it's lookingpretty good.

I'm liking the lips and the eyes here, inparticular, and the hair, so we just click OK, and then, essentially, what we've doneis we've created from that, a pencil sketch.

Now, what we want to do, though, is do somecool coloring effects, so I'm going to show you a couple of different techniques rightnow.

One, if I want to actually grab the colorfrom the original, this is how I would do it.

I'll just click and drag down here to duplicateit, drag it to the top, and, now, what I'm going to do is change the blend mode herebecause I don't want to show all the luminosity.

All I want to show is the color, so I'm goingto change this to Color Blend Mode, and notice now, we get that effect there where we'reshowing the color.

Now we could desaturate that just by grabbingOpacity, pull it down, just put a little bit of color in there, and I think that createsa really nice effect.

Now, here's another option.

I'm going to turn this off, and I'm goingto show you an option that I've seen in different movie posters and stuff like that.

It's been quite a popular technique.

I'm just going to create a new layer.

Actually, rather than just create a layerthough, I'm going to go over and I'm going to create a layer style, actually, an adjustmentlayer, and I want a gradient.

So we're going to click and we're going toapply a Gradient Adjustment Layer.

Okay, so what we're going to do is we're goingto change this gradient to, I don't know, a rainbow colored gradient? And we're just going to click here and I'mgoing to change the angle of that, so we've got a nice kind of an angle effect, and I'mjust going to click OK.

Right now, you just see the rainbow.

You don't see anything on there, it's notthat exciting.

Change it to Color Blend Mode, and now itstarts to look quite interesting.

We get this really cool effect.

Now I'm going to show you something whichis really awesome.

If you double click on here, you might notknow this about layer styles.

You know, you can scale them, you probablyknew that.

But if we got our gradient, if we want tochange the color, we can just simply click and drag, and, notice, as we're dragging,we're actually dragging the different colors of that gradient.

So we can go backwards and forwards untilwe find the colors that we like, and I'm kind of just going through these different colorshere, and I kind of like about there.

I think that's a pretty neat effect, so, youknow, you can see you can do that, and then, just click OK to apply it.

Now you could blend the two together if youwant to, you'd have to drop this color down a little bit, and blend that a little bitwith the original color.

Now, I'm going to show you one last variation,where we can make this look a little bit more like pencil or even charcoal kind of an effect.

So I'm just hiding that top layer and I'mgoing to create a Curves Adjustment, so let's just grab the Curves, and then, with the CurvesAdjustment, what we're going to do is we're actually going to roll off on the blacks alittle bit.

So we're going to grab that point, just pullit up a little bit, and what we're doing is reducing the contrast there, and the blacks,making a softer image.

And, now, what we want to do is go up in thehighlights a little bit and we'll just pull it down, bring it a little bit more detailhere, see that some of that detail is coming out, just be careful not to overdo it.

We'll just grab that curve there so we don'tlose too much there.

And you can see this is another variation.

So if I go here and we look at the beforeand after, you can see I was able to take that and just sculpt some of that informationout there.

The other thing I could do is that I coulddrag it down.

I could turn I could turn on the color, andI can do a combination here.

Let me bring that down a little bit, makesure I grab the colored layer, reduce that color even more, and just give it, just alittle touch of color, and now we have, you know, another variation.

So you can see, there's a ton of differentthings you can do with this effect.

There's a lot of different things you cando with it just by experimenting and applying different color effects on top of it.

So, as you can see, it was really easy toachieve this effect, and if you want the steps, just check out the written tutorial.

I have the link underneath there, so justclick on that, and check it out.

So, anyway, if you enjoyed this, hit the Subscribebutton so I can give you a new episode because we're making regular episodes all the timeand I'll get that out to you.

And the other thing, hit the Like button andadd a comment, you know, tell me, hey, you know, are you having fun with this? Post a, you know, final result in here, ifyou like.

I'd love to see what you're doing with thiseffect.

I'd also like to know what you'd like to learn.

So, once again, thanks for checking us outhere at PhotoshopCAFE and don't forget to check at our main site, PhotoshopCAFE.

Comwhere we got hundreds of tutorials.

Until next time, I'll see you at the CAFE.

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