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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform PHOTOS into Gorgeous, Pencil DRAWINGS

October 17, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to transform a photograph into the look of a beautiful, pencil drawing. This is an update of a tutorial I did on an earlier version of Photoshop. Open a photo you’d like to use. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com. The first step is to make 2 copies of your photo. Press Ctrl + J on Windows or Cmd + J on a Mac, twice. We’ll remove all the color from the top copy by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Adjust its brightness and contrast by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L to invoke Autotone. Since we’ll be adding filters to the image, we’ll convert it into a Smart Object, so we’ll be
able to adjust or modify the filters at any time. Click the icon at the upper, right of
the Layers panel and click, “Convert to Smart Object”. You know it’s a Smart Object when
this icon is at the lower, right corner of its thumbnail. Rename it, “Glowing Edges”. Make a copy of it and rename the copy, “Charcoal”. Click off the eyeballs next to the top 2 layers
to temporarily hide them. Make Layer 1 active. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
“Hue/Saturation”. Slide the Saturation all the way to the left to remove all its color. Make Layer 1 active again and invert it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Convert it into
a Smart Object and change its Blend Mode to “Color Dodge”. At this point, your image will
look almost completely white. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll make the Radius:
7 pixels, but you may want to adjust these settings depending on the size and resolution
of your image. Slide the Radius until your image has approximately this much detail.
If you want to adjust the blur later, just double-click the Gaussian Blur smart filter
and the Blur window will open again. You can adjust it as often as you want and whenever
you want because the layer that you applied the blur filter to is a Smart Object. Make
the “Glowing Edges” layer visible and active. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the
“Stylize” folder and click “Glowing Edges”. I’ll make the Width: 1, the Brightness: 20
and the Smoothness: 7. Feel free to experiment with the settings if you’d like. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click, “Invert”. Click the Clipping Mask icon to restrict the adjustment
layer to effect only the “Glowing Edges” layer, otherwise, it would effect all the layers
below it in the Layers panel. To see through this layer, make the “Glowing Edges” layer
active and change its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Make the “Charcoal” layer visible and active.
Make sure your foreground and background colors are black and white, respectively. If they
aren’t press “D” on your keyboard. Go back to Filter and Filter Gallery. This time,
open the “Sketch” folder and click “Charcoal”. I’ll make the Thickness: 2, the Detail: 5
and the Light/Dark Balance: 80, but again, feel free to experiment with these settings. To see through the layer, as before, change its Blend Mode to ” Multiply”. Double-click this icon to edit the Smart Filter blending options. Change the Blending Option from Normal
to “Linear Dodge”. Then, click OK. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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