The effect of pencil drawing in Photoshop

In this lesson, we will turn an ordinary photo into a pencil drawing (or sketch, as you wish).

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Open the stock image of “Girls”.

Bleach this image with an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation). Move the slider all the way to the left.

Step 2

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Shift the bottom point slightly to the right to enhance the contrast a bit.

Step 3

Create a merged layer from all visible layers by pressing the keys (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E).

Next, apply the filter Edge selection (Find Edges) to the merged layer, let’s go Filter – Stylization – Edge selection (Filter> Stylize> Find Edges).

Step 4

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to the layer to which we applied the filter Edge selection (Find Edges). Move the lower and upper point to the center. This action will hide the scary gray shades and enhance the contrast.

Step 5

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N), fill it with the color shade #eaeaea. Place this layer below the layer with the selected edges. In the next step you will find out why.

Step 6

Now reduce the opacity of the layer with the selected edges. In my case, I reduced it to 22%, but you can play with the opacity value and choose a more suitable value for your photo. Now you can see the meaning of the filled layer that we created in Step 5.

Step 7

We come to the most difficult part of the lesson. Create a new layer. Now using a soft round brush

, brush color select from the background, hold down the (Alt) key + click on the background. Begin brushing areas of the image, as if creating styling (for example, hair).

Once you have finished, apply black strokes along the edges; you can add your own lines. The idea is to hide the fact that the drawing was done on a computer. In addition, I added a signature to create an additional effect.

Step 8

Our drawing is supposedly made on paper, so let’s add paper texture. Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E). Let’s go Filter – Filter Gallery – Texture (Filter> Filter Gallery> Texture). In the list, select the option Texturizer (Texturizer), and then play with the settings, applying the settings that you like the most. If the effect is too saturated, then lower the layer opacity to 30-40%.

Step 9

The picture already looks great, but let’s add one more little detail for more realism. Open the stock image “Pencil”. Create a selection around the pencil image using any selection tool at your discretion. Copy (Ctrl + C) and then paste the copied pencil image (Ctrl + V) onto our working paper.

Let’s add a shadow to the pencil. Double click on the pencil layer to activate the option. Options overlay (Blending mode). Apply the settings listed below.

Step 10

We have almost completed the lesson. Add a new adjustment layer Curves(Curves). Shift the lower and upper points, as shown in the screenshot below, to enhance the contrast.

And we have completed the lesson!

So, today you learned how to quickly turn an ordinary photo into a black and white pencil drawing.

Final result

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