Turn a photo into a pencil drawing in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to turn a photo into a pencil sketch using Photoshop’s filters, blending modes, and brush. We’ll also duplicate the layers and make adjustments to certain layers, and we’ll have what looks like a pencil sketch when we’re done.

Content
  1. Make a pencil sketch in Photoshop
  2. Rename and save file
  3. Duplicate and Saturate Layer
  4. Double unsaturated layer
  5. Change blending mode
  6. reverse image
  7. Create Gaussian Blur
  8. brighten up
  9. Add detail
  10. Double Merged Layers
  11. unsharp mask

Create a pencil sketch in Photoshop

You will need Photoshop CS6 or a later version of Photoshop and the practice file below. Right-click the file to save it to your computer, then open it in Photoshop.

ST_PSPencil-practice_file.jpg (practice file)

Rename and save file

Select File > Save As when a color photo is open in Photoshop. Enter “ cat ‘ for a new name, then choose where to save the file. Select Photoshop for the file format and click Save

Duplicate and Saturate Layer

Open the Layers panel by selecting Window > Layers † Right click on the background layer and select “ Double layer † You can also use the keyboard shortcut: Command J on Mac or Control J on Windows. Select with the duplicated layer selected Image > Adjustments > Saturation

Double unsaturated layer

Duplicate the layer you just created with the keyboard shortcut Command J or Control J † This will give you two unsaturated layers.

Change blending mode

Change the blending mode from “Normal” to “ dodging colors » with the top layer selected.

reverse image

Select Image > Preferences > Invert † The image will disappear.

Create Gaussian Blur

Select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur † Move the check box next to Preview until the image looks like it was drawn with a pencil. Install for Ray meaning 20.0 pixels , which fits well with the image we’re using here. Then click Okay

brighten up

It looks good, but we can make some adjustments to make it even better. With the top layer selected, click the layer button Create a new fill or adjustment at the bottom of the Layers panel. Select Levels and then move the middle slider slightly to the left. This will brighten up the image a bit.

Add detail

You can fix this if the image loses too much detail. Select the layer directly below the “Levels” layer and then click the tool Brush in the Tools panel. Select airbrush on the options panel. Specify what you want it to be soft and round. Install for opacity meaning 15 percent and change the value flow on the 100 percent † Then, by setting the foreground color to black in the Tools panel, you only go around the areas where you want to see more detail.

You can quickly change the brush size by clicking the left or right bracket. If you make the mistake of going over an area you didn’t want to darken, change your foreground to white and stroke the area again to make it lighter.

Double Merged Layers

Select Image > Duplicate after parts restoration. Check the box that says you only want to duplicate the merged layers, then click Okay † This flattens the copy while preserving the original.

unsharp mask

We can leave the image as it is or add some texture. Leaving it alone will give you an image that looks like it was drawn on smooth paper and blended in parts. Adding texture makes it look like it was drawn on paper with a rough surface.

Select Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask if you want to change the texture, change the value to 185 percent † Set the coefficient 2.4 pixels and put on Threshold meaning 4 † You don’t need to use these exact values ​​- they depend on your preferences. You can play around with it a bit to find the effect you like best. Checkmark next to “ Example you can see what the image will look like before you confirm it.

Click Okay when you are satisfied with the selected values. Choose File > Save and you’re done! You now have what looks like a pencil sketch.

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