Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into the Look of Pencil Drawings – Style #1

Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into the Look of Pencil Drawings – Style #1


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Quite awhile ago, I did a tutorial showing how to transform photos into the look of pencil
drawings. Now, I’ll show you how to streamline it and how you can quickly apply the effects
to other photos. Before we begin, to get 20% off the newest versions of Photoshop & Lightroom,
click the link in my video’s description. Open an image you’d like to use for this project.
I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. To check its size and resolution, go to Image
and Image Size. This document is 963 pixels wide and 888 pixels high. It’s resolution is 150
pixels per inch. Your image can be any size, but to ensure that the final result will look
similar to mine, make its resolution 150 pixels per inch, as well. Then, click OK. Click the icon at
the upper, right corner of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. This
will allow us to modify our image non-destructively, as well, as replace it without having to re-do
all the effects. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Click the Adjustment Layer
icon and click “Hue/Saturation”. Drag the saturation to minus 100. Click the thumbnail of the top photo to make it active and change its Blend Mode to “Color Dodge”. Then, Invert the layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. At this point, most of your image should look
white. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Slide the Radius to an amount that makes you
image look more like a pencil drawing then a photograph. Then, click OK. We’re ready to give our image texture. First, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard or click this icon. Make the top adjustment layer active layer active and click the New Layer icon to make a new layer above it. We’ll fill the empty layer with white and since white is our background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Change its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Texture folder and click “Texturizer”. Make the texture: “Sandstone”, the Scaling: 100%, the Relief: 4 and the Light from the Top Left. Then, click OK. To replace your
image with a different photo, double-click on any Smart Object to open its source image.
If you’re working on version CC, go to File and “Place Embedded”. If you’re working on
an earlier version of Photoshop, I’ll tell you what to do in a few minute. Locate another
image you’d like to use and click “Place”. “Place Embedded” automatically places the
image onto your other document as a Smart Object. To re size it, 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. Then, click the check-mark at the top. To update the Smart Object, close
its tab. When you see this message, click “Yes” to save the changes. The Smart Object
instantly updated itself with the new photo. For earlier versions of Photoshop, go to File
and Open. Find your image and click “Open”. Drag the new photo onto the tab of the Smart
Object and without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release. Open
your Transform Tool to re-position and re-size it. As before, click the check-mark and close
the tab of the Smart Object. When you see this message, click “Yes” to save the changes.
Open the tab of your Pencil drawing. You’ll instantly seee that the Smart Object updated itself with your new photo. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

37 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into the Look of Pencil Drawings – Style #1”

  1. why not just right click in the smart object, and click "replace image" then find the image you want to put in there…and you don't have to resize it, it will fit it right in that image.

  2. Hi. I'm fourteen years old and I love watching your videos. You are so amazing. Can you please do more planet and space tutorials?

  3. Nice tutorial, recently I had to do some transitions from a video to a draw like animation in AE with the same style 🙂

  4. In version CC 2015, Smart Objects can be inverted. However, to invert Smart Objects in earlier versions, click the adjustment layer icon and click "Invert". 🙂

  5. Hi Marty. I am wondering how you blended the photo and the "pencil drawing" together in the still shot announcing the tutorial.

  6. Hi Marty, thanks for the great tutorials. Q: I use Photoshop CC but I can't open the Filter Gallery. What do I do wrong?
    Thanks

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