Create a pencil sketch effect on photos in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create an action with a pencil sketch for Adobe Photoshop with an unusual chip.

This effect is part of a pencil sketch action that can be purchased on the Envato Market.

1. Add a photo of girls

Create a new document sized 850 by 636 pixels. Of course, you can choose a different size for the PSD document, but you will have to proportionally resize everything that is in this lesson. In the document, place the image of girls.

2. Add torn paper

Step 1

I attached a PNG image of paper that you can use. But if you want to make your torn paper texture, then this is quite simple. You can take a piece of heavy paper or cardboard and slob it up to get a piece of the shape you want. Then place it on a flat surface, preferably in a contrasting color (for example, black if the paper is white).

Take a picture of a piece of paper with a camera or phone. The picture should be made clearly above the piece of paper, so that as a result we get the perspective we need.

Step 2

Download the picture to your computer and open it in Photoshop. With the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand) highlight a piece of paper and remove the background.

Step 3

Download a scrap of paper image and place it on a new layer.

Step 4

Press Ctrl + T to rotate a piece of paper. Place it over the area you want to turn into a pencil sketch.

Step 5

Double-click Ctrl + J to create two copies of the layer with a piece of paper. Call them torn paper 1 » and “Torn paper 2” (“Torn Paper 1” and “Torn Paper 2”).

Step 6

Add a layer style Drop shadow (Shadow) to the original layer with a piece of paper. The shadow color is # 000000.

Drop shadow (Shadow):

  • Opacity: 43%;
  • Angle: 120 degrees;
  • Bias: 7 pixels;
  • The size: 5 pixels.

3. Create four copies of the girls layer.

Step 1

Press Ctrl + J four times to create four copies of the layer with girls, name them Girls 1, Girls 2, Girls 3 and Girls 4 (Girls 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Step 2

Hold down the Ctrl key and select all the layers with the girls in the layers panel. Place them above the layer with a piece of paper.

4. Use the Blur in Motion and Mascara filters.

Step 1

Turn off the visibility of all copy layers except the Girls 1 layer.

As the main color, select white and background color – black.

Step 2

Now, select the Girls 1 layer, click Filter> Sketch> Graphic Pen (Filter> Filter Gallery> Sketch> Ink). Filter settings, as in the image below, but if you use another photo, you may need to change the settings.

Filter settings on the screenshot:

  • Stroke Length: 7;
  • Tone balance: 21;
  • Stroke direction: diagonally to the right.

Step 3

Click Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Bias: 1 pixel.

5. Use the Mascara and Noise filters.

Step 1

Turn on the visibility of the Girls 2 layer, change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication) opacity by 30%.

Step 2

Click Filter> Sketch> Graphic Pen (Filter> Filter Gallery> Sketch> Ink). Filter settings, as in the image below, but if you use another photo, you may need to change the settings.

Filter settings on the screenshot:

  • Stroke Length: 15;
  • Tone balance: 51;
  • Stroke Direction: diagonally to the right.

Step 3

Click Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Effect: 43%

6. Use the Photocopy filter

Step 1

Turn on the visibility of the Girls 3 layer, change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication), opacity 100%.

Step 2

Click Filter> Sketch> Photocopy (Filter> Filter Gallery> Sketch> Photocopy).

Filter settings on the screenshot:

  • Detailing: one;
  • Dimness: 50

7. Use the Watercolor filter

Step 1

Turn on the visibility of the Girls 4 layer, change the blending mode to Color (Chromaticity), opacity 100%.

Step 2

Click Filter> Artistic> Watercolor (Filter> Filter Gallery> Imitation> Watercolor). For now, you can hide the visibility of the Girls 4 layer.

Filter settings on the screenshot:

  • Detailing: four;
  • Shadow depth: 0;
  • Texture: one

8. Create a slice of the outline using a clipping mask.

Hold down the Ctrl key and select the Girls 1, Girls 2, Girls 3 and Girls 4 layers. Right-click on the selected layers and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask).

9. Create a torn paper edge.

Step 1

Turn on the visibility of the Torn Paper 1 layer, change the overlay mode to Multiply (Multiplication), opacity – by 57%

Step 2

Turn on the visibility of the Torn Paper 2 layer. Click on the add layer mask button on the layers panel to add a mask to the Torn Paper 2 layer.

Step 3

Create a new layer under the Torn Paper 2 layer and fill it with white.

Step 4

Click on the thumbnail of the Torn Paper layer layer mask 2. Click Image> Apply Image (Image> External Channel).

Step 5

Click Image> Adjustments> Levels (Image> Correction> Levels) and change the settings to the same as in the screenshot below. Input Values: 56, 1.81, 67

Using a brush, you can paint in white inside the Torn paper 2 layer if you want to enhance the effect of a torn edge.

Step 6

Remove the layer with a white background to see the effect.

Step 7

With the Ctrl key pressed, click on the Torn paper 1 and Torn paper 2 layers. Then, right-click on the selected layers and click Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask).

10. Move the sketch effect easily.

If you want to turn another part of your design into a sketch, simply hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the layers Torn paper 1, Torn paper 2 and Torn paper.

With the tool Move (Move) Change the position of the piece of paper.

Congratulations! That’s all!

In this lesson, you learned how to create a sketch effect on photos in Photoshop with your shots in just a few steps.

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