Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform PHOTOS into Gorgeous, Pencil DRAWINGS


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. A year ago I did a tutorial on how to make a
pencil drawing from a photo using an earlier version of Photoshop. Now, I’m going to show you a faster
and easier way to do it. This document is approximately 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches with a
Resolution of 150 pixels per inch. Open a photo and make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl + J on a PC or Cmd + J on a Mac.
Click on the Adjustment layer button and choose Hue / Saturation.
Reduce the Saturation to -100. Click on the thumbnail of Layer 1 to make it active
and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Invert it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I.
At this point, your image should look white. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Slide the Radius to an
amount that looks good to you. Your image should have the look and feel
more of a pencil drawing than a photograph. To make the overall image look denser, click on the Adjustment Layer button again and this time choose Levels.
Slide the Input darks to the right until the face is just the right amount
of density. If other areas are too dense like the dress in this example, open your Brush Tool,
make the Brush Size relatively large, the Hardness 0% and the Opacity, 40%. Make sure the foreground color is black and then brush over areas you’d like to
make less dense. To clean up some areas,
make a “composite snapshot” by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on a PC or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Invert the foreground and background colors by
clicking on the curved, double-arrow icon or pry pressing “x”. on your keyboard. Make the Brush Size small to medium and the Opacity, 100%. Now, simply brush over
the areas you want to clean up. Using these quick, simple techniques, you can transform any photo into a
beautiful pencil drawing. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!

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