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Create a Pencil Photo Sketch in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Effects 42142 July 3rd, 2018

Learn how to create a realistic photo sketch in Photoshop using some simple filters; you cab create your own digital sketch drawing in just a few minutes. If you want an even faster method you can try my sketch Photoshop action; I hope you will enjoy this new tutorial and practice it on your own photos.

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Let's take a quick look at the final result of the pencil sketch drawing Photoshop tutorial. This tutorial is for intermediate Photoshop users and it will take you abot 20 minute to make.

Pencil Sketch Photoshop

I will start with a background image choosing this beautiful rough paper texture; you can also use another old paper texture from this list. You have to desaturate the paper texture.

Time to add the photo. I will use this beautiful girl stock image but you can use whatever image you like but you might have to make small adjustments. Set the Foreground color balck and Background Color white. Duplicate the Girl Layer three times so in total you have to have 4 girl layers. Select the Girl 2 Layer and Go to Filter>Sketch and choose Stamp.

Photoshop Stamp Filter

Select the Girl 3 Layer and use the same Stamp Filter but with different settings.

Photoshop Stamp Filter

Return to the Girl 2 Layer, open the layer style window and hide the white color.

Photoshop Blend If

Right click on the Girl 2 Layer and choose Convert to Smart Object; read more about Smart Objects in Photoshop. Reapeat this process with the Girl 3 Layer.

Photoshop Smart Object

I will now use a simple pencil sketch pattern that I have made and add it as Pattern Overlay for the Girl 2 Layer. This is not a seamless pattern as you can see but we'll fix it in the next steps. Download the sketch pattern or create one yourself. Alternatively, you can use this free pencil texture Photoshop image.

Do the same thisng for the Girl 3 Layer but resize the pattern a little bit and also drag the pattern to obtain a non repetitive result.

Photoshop Pencil Sketch Pattern

Select the Girl 4 Layer and Go to Filter>Sketch and choose Photocopy.

Photoshop Photocopy Filter

Change the blend mode of the Girl 4 Layer to Multiply

Photoshop Pencil Sketch

Place the Girl 1 Layer above all the other layers and change its blend mode to Screen. Also add a Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers only to this layer.

Photoshop Adjustment Layers

As a final touch use a copy of the Rough Paper Texture and place it above all the other layers. Desaturate the texture and change its blend mode to Multiply. You can adjust the pencil pressure and color intensity by adding a Brightness/Contrast adjustment for all the layers.

Photoshop Pencil Sketch Effect

So here is the final result for our sketch drawing Photoshop effect that you can make in just a few simple steps using a premade pencil sketch pattern. If you want you can use some pencil brushes instead of the sketch pattern. Or you can use both for a better result.

Pencil Sketch Photoshop

TIP! If you do not desaturate the Girl 1 Layer you will obtain a colored pencil sketch effect that looks just as cool. Or you can add a Hue/Saturation adjustment and use colorize to add a color effect. (pencil used in the preview link

Pencil Photo Sketch

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12 comment(s) for "Create a Pencil Photo Sketch in Photoshop"

10:27 AM Friday, June 28, 2013
This looks like a black and white photo but definitely a true pencil drawing.pencil sketch photo
10:29 AM Friday, June 28, 2013
Thanks, the sketch effect looks indeed very realistic ... too bad I couldn't achieve to make a seamless pencil sketch pattern :( reply
9:33 AM Thursday, July 4, 2013
i have one Q, when i add pattern overlay, nothing happens :( ..this photo still black reply
9:37 AM Thursday, July 4, 2013
I guess I forgot to mention that you need to set the Fill to 0% for the layers with the sketch pattern overlay reply
9:48 AM Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Great job here! It does look like a pencil drawing. Thanks for sharing. reply
12:11 AM Saturday, May 17, 2014
i have a question!
i had a different result..
i tried to follow the instructions again and again...
but still....

when i applied the sketch pattern to the layers..
it doesn't appear...
the picture became black colored..
and i dont see any sketch patterns in the picture...
i dont think its abt the picture i chose,
maybe i did sth wrong..or...i missed sth ..
but i tried many times... ?? reply
12:15 AM Saturday, May 17, 2014
I think you have missed to hide the :white color" for the Girl 2 Layer. In the Layer Style Window, at the Blending Options you have a section called Blend If; drag the white closer to the black like shown in the preview. reply
4:57 AM Sunday, November 8, 2015
i do this... but still doesnt show the pattern... it is all black :\ reply
6:21 AM Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thank you for this sketch portrait PS tutorial. reply
3:58 AM Monday, August 8, 2016
Pencil Sketch Photo Effect made by Macaquinho following this lesson reply
10:58 AM Saturday, October 1, 2016
Beautiful tutorial, thanks!!
3:18 AM Monday, November 7, 2016
I like this tutorial, it's clear? reply

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