Create a pencil drawing from a photo in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a pencil drawing from a photo in Photoshop using simple filters. Thus, you can create your own pencil drawing in just a few minutes. If you want to use a faster way, then you can try my action ‘pencil drawing’. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and apply this effect to your photos.

The final result:

Step 1

I will start by creating a background for a pencil drawing, for this I selected a beautiful paper texture. You can select any Old Paper texture from the link at the beginning of this tutorial. Next, you need to discolor the texture.

Step 2

It’s time to add a photo. I used the image of a girl that you can download from the link at the beginning of this lesson, you can also use any other image that you like, the only thing you may have to do is make a small correction to the original image. Set the foreground color to black and the background color to white. Duplicate the original image with the girl three times, so you only get 4 layers with the image of a girl. Go to layer Girl 2 (Girl 2 Layer). Next, go Filter – Sketch – Linocut (Filter> Sketch> Stamp).

Step 3

Now go to layer Girl 3 (Girl 3 Layer) to apply the same filter Linocut (Stamp), the only thing this time will be other settings.

Step 4

Go back to the layer Girl 2 (Girl 2 Layer). Open the window Layer styles (layer style), hide the white color.

Step 5

Right click on the layer Girl 2 (Girl 2 Layer) and in the menu that appears, select the option Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object); For more information about smart objects, you can read here (http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/resources/create-smart-object-photoshop-tutorials.aspx). Repeat process for layer Girl 3 (Girl 3 Layer).

Step 6

Next, we use the pencil pattern I created. We will apply this pattern to the layer Girl 2 (Girl 2 Layer) using layer style Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay). As you can see, this is not a solid pattern, but we will fix this in the following steps. Download the pattern from the link at the beginning of this tutorial or create your own pattern.

Step 7

Do the same with the layer Girl 3 (Girl 3 Layer), only this time, slightly reduce the scale of the pattern, and also displace the pattern so that the texture of the pencil line does not look monotonous.

Step 8

Go to layer Girl 4 (Girl 4 Layer), and then we go Filter – Filter Gallery – Sketch – Photocopy (Filter> Filter Gallery> Sketch> Photocopy).

Step 9

Change the blending mode for the layer Girl 4 (Girl 4 Layer) on Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 10

Move layer Girl 1 (Girl 1 Layer) upstairs, placing on top of all other layers. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen). Next, to this layer Girl 1 (Girl 1 Layer), add adjustment layers Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask.

Step 11

As a final touch, duplicate the paper texture layer. Place a duplicate paper texture layer on top of all other layers. Bleach the texture and then change the blending mode for the paper texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply). You can correct the pressure of the pencil, as well as the intensity of the color using the adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), adding it on top of all other layers.

Step 12

So, you can see the final result of the pencil drawing in the screenshot below, which we created in a few simple steps, using the finished pencil stroke pattern. If you want, you can use the pencil pencil strokes instead of the pencil pattern. Or you can use both options to get the best result.

Step 13

Hint! If not discolour the layer Girl 1 (Girl 1 Layer), then you get the effect of color pencil drawing, which also looks great. Or you can add a correction. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and using the option toning (colorize) add color effect.

The final result:

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