Design Challenge Day 11: Pencil Sketch Drawing Effect in Photoshop

Pencil Sketch Drawing Effect in Photoshop

Similarly to the last week when I needed to finish two tutorials in one day, I looked for a quick video that would teach me something I hadn't tried before. Spoon Graphics came to the rescue with a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a pencil sketch drawing effect in under four minutes!

The Process

The first step is creating a copy of the background layer and clicking on Image>Adjustments>Invert. This layer is converted to a Smart Object, then a Gaussian Blur is added and the blending mode is changed to Color Dodge. A Levels adjustment layer and Black & White adjustment layer are added. After adding a layer snapshot, it's time to play with the Glowing Edges filter. A final layer filled with white is added and a Sandstone texturizer is added before this layer's blending mode is changed to Multiply.

The original and edited versions of the project (original 📷:  Public Domain Pictures / Pexels )

The original and edited versions of the project (original 📷: Public Domain Pictures / Pexels)

The Presentation

This was a straightforward presentation, explained clearly. However, you need to begin the process with a studio-style portrait on a solid white background. (I found one fairly quickly on Pixabay.) I attempted it with a non-white background and it didn't turn out very well, though the effect is something I'd like to try with different types of images.

Takeaways

I'm starting to get a better feel on how various blending modes impact an image. (This particular tutorial uses Color Dodge and Multiply.) I also love being able to hide a layer or an effect to see how the image looks as a result. I've done that before in Photoshop, but in the course of a tutorial, it really helps me see what each step does to change the final result.