Pencil Sketch Drawing Effect Photoshop Tutorial

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Start your free trial today at Squarespacecom and enter offer code SPOONER to get 10% off your first purchase How's it going everyone, Chris here from Spoon 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

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