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Photoshop: How to Quickly Transform a Photo into a Woodcut!

January 14, 2020

This tutorial is sponsored by my friends at Storyblocks has the largest library of high-resolution,
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link in my video’s description below the title of this video to get your FREE 7-day subscription! Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to quickly create the look of woodcut portraits from photos. This is an update of tutorials I’ve in the past. This version is quicker and more flexible. I provided this wood texture that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description or project files below. You can find hundreds of fantastic, high-resolution
wood textures at Open a photo of someone or some thing that
you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this photo and the other again,
from Storyblocks. The first step is to make a selection around our subject, so we can separate it from its background. For this example, I’ll make a selection just around his face, since that’s what I’d like the portrait to be. I’ll zoom into his face by pressing the “z”
key on my keyboard to open the Zoom Tool and drag it over the face. I’ll open the Quick Selection Tool to make
the selection. If you’re using this tool, as well, drag it
over your subject’s head to select it. If you want to remove areas outside your subject,
press Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. To check the selection, press “Q” to make
it into a quick mask. Press “Q” again to revert it back into a selection. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut it out and copy it. To place your subject onto the wood texture,
press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag your subject onto the tab of the wood texture. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. Drag it to the middle. To resize it, open your Transform Tool by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. If you don’t see the Transform’s entire bounding box, press
Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. To re-position it, go inside the bounding box and drag it. Then, press Enter or Return. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Black White”. Presently, the Adjustment layer is affecting
all the layers below it, however, we want to restrict it to just our subject. To do this, either click the Clipping Mask
icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. We’ll convert our black and white subject
into a Smart Object, so we can continue to add filters to it non-destructively and be
able to adjust those filters at any time. To do this, Shift-click our subject to make
it active, as well, and click the icon at the upper, right. Click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the “Sketch” folder and click “Photocopy”. Make the Detail: 11 and the Darkness:46. Go to Select and “Color Range”. Choose “Shadows”. Make the Fuzziness: 0% and the Range: 90. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to your subject. If you want to remove unwanted spots on your
subject, first, we’ll invert our foreground and background colors by press “x” on our keyboard. Now, black is our foreground color. Open your Pencil Tool and Pencil Picker. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make the Hardness and Opacity, both: 100%. To adjust your the Size of your Pencil,
first, make sure your CapLock key is off and then, press the left or right Bracket key
on your keyboard. Brush over the unwanted spots to mask them out. Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Click the “fx” icon and click “Bevel Emboss”. The Style is Inner Bevel, the Technique is Smooth and the Depth is 100%. The Direction is Down and the Size: 4 pixels. The Angle is 120 degrees and the Altitude
is 30 degrees. The Highlight Mode is Linear Dodge, the color
is white and the Opacity is 35%. The Shadow Mode is Linear Burn, the color
is black and its opacity is also 35%. To make our portrait easier to see, make a
copy of the layer and reduce its opacity to 30%. Lastly, we’ll increase the overall contrast of our woodcut. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click Levels. In the Input Shadow field, type in 26 and
in the Input Highlight field, type in 242. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Mayuresh Pitale November 6, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Nice one

  • Reply Olivera November 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Amazing !!!

  • Reply Eric November 6, 2017 at 2:15 am


  • Reply Sajid Ayub November 6, 2017 at 2:48 am


  • Reply MΔBE November 6, 2017 at 3:12 am

    You're great! Thanks for this. Love enjoying time with photoshop.

  • Reply Jahangir Traders November 6, 2017 at 3:43 am

    very nice

  • Reply AJ Sharf November 6, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Very impressive tutorial with emphasis on finishing quality.

  • Reply Muhammad saadullah November 6, 2017 at 3:54 am

    which software you used for photo editing?

  • Reply Genius Writer November 6, 2017 at 4:19 am

    could you please make a tutorial how to cartoon pictures

  • Reply Abhishek Katoch November 6, 2017 at 5:34 am

    for all the essentials tutorials

  • Reply psd Digo November 6, 2017 at 5:44 am

    thank you

  • Reply clifford moyo November 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    hie ,thanks for the tutorial so when i select color range and then shadows the settings sliders for fuzziness and range are grayed out . is there any other way besides color range ?

  • Reply barni freak November 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Wider mal ein Top Viedeo von dir Super THK

  • Reply Cristiano Silva November 6, 2017 at 10:13 am


  • Reply anuj mathur November 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

    where is the wood photo?

  • Reply Javier Saa November 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Help.. when I apply the filter, the effect turns red, how i fix it pleaseeee. nice video by the way

  • Reply Keith Lloyd November 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    When I get to 4.15 after clicking on sketch/photocopy my image dos`nt change to a pencil image. can you advise me please Marty.

  • Reply Xiomara Moreno November 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Very Nice..

  • Reply JE Hoyes November 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Serendipity! I need to produce some portraits like this for a project that came in today. Thanks!

  • Reply Amjad Graphics Designer November 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Thanks Sir we will wait a next amazing tutorial.

  • Reply طارق العراب November 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    شرحك حلو ، لكن احنه ما نفهم انگليزي ، عاشت إيدك

  • Reply Filipa Biggi November 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Marty! You're the best! You have been my best friend since the last couple of months! Thank you so much!

  • Reply RapStar Sandy November 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    what should be the actual resolution of that wood texture

  • Reply Joaquín Arroyo Damiano November 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks a lot.

  • Reply DMX aman November 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    When i select photocopy the picture becomes white , help please

  • Reply ThatsTheWayWeRoll November 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Hey, wait a minute…I think I just saw this guy's photo on my local Post Office's "FBI's Most Wanted List"! (ONLY KIDDING, FOLKS!!! IT'S A JOKE!!!) But, does anybody else out there also remember the pre-computer/internet days and actually flipping through the "FBI's Most Wanted List"  in your local post office, because you had nothing better to do while you were standing in line? (In the little town we once lived in, you anxiously awaited the moment when you could finally move up far enough so you could finally look through it yourself, and just when you thought you MAYBE recognized someone….you heard the word "Next!") How times have changed!

  • Reply stofesexpandylenxx November 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    In color range it is not only the picture of the face that got marked, even the wood it self get marked (with marching ants on its black areas.) How do I get the marks on the face only??

  • Reply Naini barlaas February 4, 2018 at 7:51 am

    thank you soo mch sir u r such a great teacher ….hat's off to u

  • Reply Magdalena J February 25, 2018 at 1:52 am

    That's super cool. Thank you!

  • Reply Solo Marco March 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for the help, i appreciate it. You deserve to get subscribe

  • Reply mst beauti akhter April 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Really so Excellent …. Thanks.

  • Reply nana fadzil May 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..good…good…very good…

  • Reply suji priya June 8, 2018 at 5:14 am

    really,great,adhuvoom,explanation,is too good?.it is very helpful,thank yoou,so much,sir?…

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  • Reply Mustafa Tanki March 17, 2019 at 11:31 am

    When i choose photocopy filter.. the face is getting black instead of white just like urs in the video.. what is wrong i am doing?

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  • Reply darkracer125 May 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    this is probbably the clearest instruction video made in over 15 years

  • Reply darkracer125 May 15, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    verry clear video. but the end came with a twist.
    here i am with a laser engraving machine watching the video to find out how to turn a picture into a wood engraving. and you just faked it XD (method works btw. i just need to stop a couple steps early and then i have a file to use for laser engraving)

  • Reply darkracer125 May 25, 2019 at 7:49 am

    when i select the photocopy filter (and most of the scetch filters other then chrome) my image just becomes a uniform gray and messing with the value's changes nothing

  • Reply Tamil Ver September 22, 2019 at 4:23 am

    u my teacher thank u sir

  • Reply Lee Fuller October 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I am intrigued..

  • Reply Dan Eilers November 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Would I be able to export a copy of this into Inkscape?

  • Reply Antonis Theriakis December 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Awesome !!!

  • Reply Moyuri chy December 9, 2019 at 8:09 am

    well done😍

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