Hi CAFE Crew, here is a brand new tut for you all. This is an old favorite of mine. How to turn a photo into a pencil sketch in photoshop. This is actually really easy to do and it gets quite good results too. As usual, I’ll provide a few creative jump off points at the end for your own experimentation.
Start with a Photo that has some decent edge detail, here is one I got from Adobe Stock
Covert the photo to grayscale (Ctrl+Shift+D / Cmd+Shift+D)
Duplicate the layer by dragging into the new layer icon, or press Ctrl/Cmd+J
Invert the layer Cmd/Ctrl+I
Change to Linear Dodge blend mode and you should see a perfectly white image (Use Color Dodge for sharper edges)
(You could actually use any filter, as long as it creates a difference between the 2 layers)
As you adjust the blur you will get a different result.
Here are some variations using Color Dodge, you will notice that Linear Dodge produces a softer result that Color Dodge. Try different blending Modes for different results.
Here is the result on a different image
Once you have your perfect pencil sketch, why not try adding some color for a nice variation.
In this first example, I added a solid color Fill adjustment layer. Change the blend mode to color, so only the color shows through. Adjust the opacity to suit your tastes.
Color Dodge result
Also try running a gradient through a new blank layer at the top and change that to color blend mode.
As you can see, the effect itself is quite simple and there are a number of variations that you can try to get very different looking results. Add a comment at let me know how you are using this effect.
Thanks for checking out this tutorial. If you like these kinds of effects, check out my Photographic Effects video course, it’s 27 different effects like this and its only $7
See you next week with another new tutorial!
We are excited to now offer our premium content as streaming video! We are committed to making our content available to you however you want it. To celebrate, we are offering Photoshop Secrets: Photographic Effects by Colin Smith, away for a measly $7
This is one of out premium training courses, it’s $49.99 but for a very short time, you can get it for $7! No strings attached, login and watch right now!(Grab it while you can).
All the CS6 information and more is available as a PDF magazine called the CS6 Superguide. If you’re on our list, you will receive it free by email as soon as it’s available. If not, sign up now and get the CS6 Superguide for free. Or click the image below.
New in Photoshop CC 2015 release is the ability to merge bracketed photos together in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). ...
Here is a tutorial that will show you the easiest way to create see through glass text in Photoshop using...