Monday, February 2nd, 2009...12:30 am
5 Minute Sketch / Working with Stock.Xchnge
One of the most popular Photoshop tricks around is turning a photograph into a black and white pencil sketch. If you look around the internet you will find more than a dozen tutorials on "the best method" to achieve this look. However, some of those tutorials can get pretty involved and with the new Black and White feature in version CS3 we can now obtain this look much quicker and come out with a more realistic effect. In this tutorial, I will show you how to obtain this look in approximately five minutes or less. PLEASE NOTE! You must have version CS3 or Higher to complete this tutorial!
Ok! Let’s get started!
Now that you have your hand image open in Photoshop the first thing you are going to do is duplicate the image two times. To do this, click and drag your background layer to the "New Layer" icon at the bottom of your layers pallet.
Your layers pallete should look like this.
Next up – Turn off the top layer (Background copy 2) by clicking the "eye" icon associated with it to the left of the layer thumbnail. Then select the "Background copy" layer by clicking on it to make it active. It should now be highlighted in blue. Form here, we are going to really mess it up but trust me, it will be ok when we are done.
Go to your Image menu and select Adjustments > Black and White to bring up the Black and White pallet.
Now, when the B&W pallet comes up, you are going to select "High Contrast Blue Filter" from the drop down Preset menu. This is going to make it look as if someone took your hand and covered it in charcoal and ash. But that’s OK – this is what we want.
Next up, turn on the top layer again (Background copy 2) by re-clicking the space that once held the "eye" icon. Then make the layer active by clicking once on the name. The layer should be highlighted blue if done correctly. Now, we are going to repeat our last actions by going to Image>Adjustments>Black and White to bring up our Black and White pallet again. Only this time, we are going to select "High Contrast Red Filter" from the Preset menu. This will make our had look as if it’s all blown out and very light. Again, this is OK and what we want.
Now to get that "sketch" look, we need to change the blending mode of our top layer (Background copy 2) to "Color Dodge". Here is where we will begin to see some sketch like quality.
To give it more sketch like quality – we’re going to do something a little nuts. We are going to burn the darker layer. Trust me. Click your "Background copy" layer again to make it active, then select your burn tool and with a large soft brush and your exposure set to a low level (like 30%) – see below.
Now, making sure that your "Background copy" layer is active – burn in the areas that are missing the most details. Do the same to your "Background copy 2" layer. Don’t forget the edges! Pretty soon, you’re going to see your sketch appear right before your eyes like magic.
To take it a step further – Try adding a Levels Adjustment Layer to lighten things up a bit and really give it a "pencil" look. Or ad a blank layer and paint white over the really dark areas and then lower the opacity to about 20 percent. Or if you feel you may have burned an area too much – go back over that area with your Dodge tool, found in the fly out menu associated with your burn tool.
That’s it! Thumbs-up and High Fives all around!