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Create a Pencil Photo Sketch in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Effects 38251 Views July 3rd, 2016

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Change the blend mode of the Girl 4 Layer to Multiply

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.

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.

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.

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

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

mydavdoad
mydavdoad
10:27 AM Friday, June 28, 2013
This looks like a black and white photo but definitely a true pencil drawing.pencil sketch photo
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John
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
BKV
BKV
9:33 AM Thursday, July 04, 2013
i have one Q, when i add pattern overlay, nothing happens :( ..this photo still black reply
John
9:37 AM Thursday, July 04, 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
Aleksey
Aleksey
9:48 AM Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Great job here! It does look like a pencil drawing. Thanks for sharing. reply
springswinds
springswinds
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
John
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
Samaneh
Samaneh
4:57 AM Sunday, November 08, 2015
i do this... but still doesnt show the pattern... it is all black :\ reply
Bella
Bella
6:21 AM Sunday, July 03, 2016
Thank you for this sketch portrait PS tutorial. reply
PSDDude
3:58 AM Monday, August 08, 2016
Pencil Sketch Photo Effect made by Macaquinho following this lesson reply
Carla
Carla
10:58 AM Saturday, October 01, 2016
Beautiful tutorial, thanks!!
reply
Carla
Carla
3:18 AM Monday, November 07, 2016
I like this tutorial, it's clear? reply

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