Turn a photo into a pencil sketch in Photoshop tutorial

Turn a Photo Into a Pencil Sketch in Photoshop
Tutorial Hey guys, Colin Smith here from PhotoshopCAFE.com. This week, I’m going to show you how to take
a photograph and turn it into a pencil sketch in Photoshop. All right, here’s a fun effect that I’ve actually
been doing for years. I actually have a written tutorial about this
at PhotoshopCAFE.com, so if you want to follow along with the steps, just check out the steps
underneath; there’s a link there. But what I’m going to do is I’m going to show
you 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 couple
of fun little creative touches to it. So, without further ado, let’s just jump right
in and get started right now. All right, so what you want to do is you want
to 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 doing
this effect. Now this is an image I grabbed from Adobe
Stock. You can see up here, beautifulyoungwomanwithRedRose. Just do a research on there and you’ll be
able 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’m
just going to duplicate this. So I’m just going to grab it here and just
click and drag to the New Layer icon and this creates a copy. Now the reason I’m doing that is just to preserve
the color one and the background. We didn’t actually need to do that, but we’re
going to do our effect up here. So the first thing we want to do is get all
the color out of here, so we just need to desaturate it. You could hit Command Shift U or Ctrl Shift
U 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 is
we’ve just desaturated it. So what we have right now is we have a black
and white layer here. So what I want to do now is I want to duplicate
this, I want to copy it, so I can hit Ctrl J, or just click and drag down here to make
a copy, so, now, we have two copies of it. We want to take our first copy at the top
and we want to invert this. So I want to have the exact opposite of what
we’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 white
in 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 and
we’re going to change this to Color Dodge. And we can see when we do that, pretty much
all the details are gone. Quite often, you’re going to see a completely
white canvas, and don’t worry. Don’t be alarmed because we make the magic
happen by going under here, under Filter, Blur, now we’re going to go down to the Gaussian
Blur. 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, very
narrow radius, notice we can get a very pencil-looking sketch, with very, very thin lines, and, you
know, as we increase it, we start to see more detail, so you can get it, you know, almost
just 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 looking
pretty good. I’m liking the lips and the eyes here, in
particular, and the hair, so we just click OK, and then, essentially, what we’ve done
is we’ve created from that, a pencil sketch. Now, what we want to do, though, is do some
cool coloring effects, so I’m going to show you a couple of different techniques right
now. One, if I want to actually grab the color
from the original, this is how I would do it. I’ll just click and drag down here to duplicate
it, drag it to the top, and, now, what I’m going to do is change the blend mode here
because I don’t want to show all the luminosity. All I want to show is the color, so I’m going
to change this to Color Blend Mode, and notice now, we get that effect there where we’re
showing the color. Now we could desaturate that just by grabbing
Opacity, pull it down, just put a little bit of color in there, and I think that creates
a really nice effect. Now, here’s another option. I’m going to turn this off, and I’m going
to 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 layer
though, I’m going to go over and I’m going to create a layer style, actually, an adjustment
layer, and I want a gradient. So we’re going to click and we’re going to
apply a Gradient Adjustment Layer. Okay, so what we’re going to do is we’re going
to change this gradient to, I don’t know, a rainbow colored gradient? And we’re just going to click here and I’m
going to change the angle of that, so we’ve got a nice kind of an angle effect, and I’m
just going to click OK. Right now, you just see the rainbow. You don’t see anything on there, it’s not
that exciting. Change it to Color Blend Mode, and now it
starts to look quite interesting. We get this really cool effect. Now I’m going to show you something which
is really awesome. If you double click on here, you might not
know this about layer styles. You know, you can scale them, you probably
knew that. But if we got our gradient, if we want to
change 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 until
we find the colors that we like, and I’m kind of just going through these different colors
here, and I kind of like about there. I think that’s a pretty neat effect, so, you
know, you can see you can do that, and then, just click OK to apply it. Now you could blend the two together if you
want to, you’d have to drop this color down a little bit, and blend that a little bit
with 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’m
going to create a Curves Adjustment, so let’s just grab the Curves, and then, with the Curves
Adjustment, what we’re going to do is we’re actually going to roll off on the blacks a
little bit. So we’re going to grab that point, just pull
it 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 the
highlights a little bit and we’ll just pull it down, bring it a little bit more detail
here, 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’t
lose too much there. And you can see this is another variation. So if I go here and we look at the before
and after, you can see I was able to take that and just sculpt some of that information
out there. The other thing I could do is that I could
drag it down. I could turn I could turn on the color, and
I can do a combination here. Let me bring that down a little bit, make
sure I grab the colored layer, reduce that color even more, and just give it, just a
little touch of color, and now we have, you know, another variation. So you can see, there’s a ton of different
things you can do with this effect. There’s a lot of different things you can
do with it just by experimenting and applying different color effects on top of it. So, as you can see, it was really easy to
achieve this effect, and if you want the steps, just check out the written tutorial. I have the link underneath there, so just
click on that, and check it out. So, anyway, if you enjoyed this, hit the Subscribe
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