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Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 11th October 2018
For this tutorial, we will use an image or portrait to apply the “Sketch Effect” to.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose to work with and create a “Duplicate” (Command/Control + J).

2 - Head to the “Adjustments Panel”, create a “New Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer” and lower the “Saturation” to -100.

3 - Select your Duplicate image, change the “Blending Options” to “Color Dodge”.

4 - Invert your Portrait. To do so, go to Image > Invert (Command/Control + I).

5 - To apply filters to it and be able to modify them later on, right-click on top of it and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now, if you want to change something after applying the Filters, just double-click on their Thumbnail.

6 - Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and use a value of 30 Pixels.

7 - Select your “Smart Object” Layer, go to the “Adjustments Panel” and create a “New Curves Adjustment Layer” on top of it (under the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer). Select a point in the middle of the Curve and pull it down and right to increase the contrast.

8 - Working on the “Mask” of the “Curves 1” Layer, select the “Brush Tool” (B), use a medium, soft brush (about 60 px and 0% “Hardness”), lower the “Opacity” to 40% and choose Black as “Foreground” color. Then, make the Blacks less intense.

9 - Select the “Smart Object” Layer and both the “Adjustment Layers” (use the “Shift” key) and “Group” them together by clicking on the small Folder icon at the bottom of the Panel (Command/Control + G).

10 - Select your “Folder” and add a “Layer Mask” by clicking on the “Add Layer Mask” button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

11 - Create another “Duplicate of your “Background” Image (Command/Control + J).

12 - Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Colored Pencil… and use the following values: Pencil Width: 4, Stroke Pressure: 15 and Paper Brightness: 50.

13 - Change the “Blending Options” of the Layer to “Multiply” and lower the “Opacity” to 45%.

14 - Open the “Folder” to show its contents and drag the “Background Copy” Layer into it, keeping it at the bottom.

15 - Create another “Background Duplicate”, go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Sprayed Strokes… Use a “Stroke Length” of 12, a “Spray Radius” of 7 and use “Right Diagonal” as “Stroke Direction”.

16 - Drag this “Layer” into the “Folder” too and place it at the bottom.

17 - Change its “Blending Options” of the Layer to “Soft Light” and lower the “Opacity” to 60%.

18 - Select the Thumbnail of the “Folder Mask” you created earlier and using a small, soft brush (29 px and 0% “Hardness”) with a 50% “Opacity” erase some spots like the eyes and lips to bring out the color.

19 - Check out your work.

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