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Graphics back after a nice break over the holidays with my first tutorial for 2017.
Today we’re going to have fun in Adobe Photoshop and create a pencil sketch effect that quickly
converts a photograph into a realistic drawing. The effect works best with studio type photographs
with a nice clean background with good lighting and focus. Images with minimal texture also
generate the best results. This is an image from Shutterstock that I’ll be using in this
tutorial. Begin by opening your chosen image in Photoshop.
Make a copy the background by right clicking and selecting Duplicate Layer. This will keep
the original background layer unedited. Go to Image>Adjustments and Invert to flip
the image into a quite a scary looking negative version! Right click on the layer and select Convert
to Smart Object. Head to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and
enter 40px as a good starting point. Because we made the layer a smart object we can find
tune this figure later. Change the blending mode drop down menu to
Color Dodge to see this first step of the effect in action. It already has some nice
pencil crayon like sketch lines as if it has been coloured in by hand. Add a Levels adjustment layer and move the
midtones and shadows sliders slightly towards the right to boost the contrast. Next add a Black and White adjustment layer,
which gives the effect more of a traditional graphite pencil appearance. Head to Select>All, followed by Edit>Copy
Merged. Go to Edit and Paste to make a snapshot of the effect so far at the top of the layer
stack. Go to Filter and select Filter Gallery, then
navigate to Stylize>Glowing Edges, Configure the sliders to minimum Edge Width, then Max
Edge Brightness and Smoothness. After Okaying the effect, go to Image>Adjustments
>Invert, then change the blending mode to Multiply to render the white background transparent. Reduce the opacity to around 60% to produce
some subtle outlining sketch lines to add more authenticity to the effect, making it
look like it has been drawn by hand. Add a new layer, then use the CMD, or CTRL
on Windows, and Backspace key to fill the layer with white. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery again, making
sure not to select the top option because that will repeat the Glowing Edges effect. This time navigate to the Texturizer and select
Sandstone from the drop down menu. We are creating a paper like texture and despite
there being a Canvas option, I think the Sandstone option looks more realistic. Change this layer’s blending mode to Multiply
and reduce the opacity to around 70% to finish off the sketch effect. It’s up to you whether you stick with the
traditional pencil look, or toggle off the visibility of the Black and white adjustment
layer to leave a coloured pencil crayon type effect. Each one has realistic looking sketch
lines and shading, along with a subtle paper texture which makes the effect much more believable.
Head back and alter the amount of Guassuian Blur applied to the Smart Object to test out
different results. If you enjoyed this tutorial don’t forget
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