How to do a Photoshop Sketch Effect Tutorial – Create an Antique Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop

Hi I’m George Peirson and this is a tutorial video for Adobe’s Photoshop program. You’ll find links in the description for any materials used in this video and of course don’t forget to Subscribe, Like, and also Share this video, I really appreciate that. Okay, let’s go ahead and get into the video. In this video I’m going to show you how to do my old fashioned sketch technique inside of Photoshop. Now it’s very easy to do actually, very very fast and I think it has a really great look. There’s a lot of possibilities in here and I’ll point out where you can make variations if you want to, to extend this but we’ll stick primarily here with the straightforward stuff. OK, let me show you where this all comes from it’s just a photo manipulation and we’re working with this image as our base in let me just close out this back one here get that out of the way there we go so here’s our base image and we’ll start with this the first thing we need to do is to bring in our paper background and I have that over here there we go now the file is available free online you can get the link for this on my video support page and link for that is of course in the description I’ll just take this and just drag it over here there we go and we can then close this file out so you should have a like to cite the original picture as the background and the paper at the top now the paper is just a little bit larger than the picture so I choose a spot that you like on this one I went down to the bottom down here I use the bottom part of this picture it’s kind of like all this stuff in here so there we go there is the basic picture now we need to put in our sketch images of the person take the man picture down here we’ll make a new layer out of this just drag it down to the new layer button there we go drag that above the paper image they have one below we’ll come back to that later on and we have one let’s now start our sketch technique on this will be using filters and two of these layers for this filters so let’s make one more copy of that there’s our two ok hide the top one come back down to the bottom one there we are and let’s apply our first effect on this layer so go to filter and filter gallery and then in here let’s come down to stylize right there and choose glowing edges it’s a real interesting technique all by itself you can see this come interesting strange stuff and I’ve used this numerous times for other different kinds of things but using this a little bit different this time so there’s the stylize now I’m going to use this one just for these lines I want the line effect I don’t want the coloration in here I don’t want this negative style image we’ll fix all that in just a second so set the settings appear to edge width of two edge brightness of six and smoothness of five this is one of those places that you can adjust the quality of this by just in these settings at this point she’s okay there we go obviously again I don’t want that negative so let’s make this into a positive and I don’t want the color so give her that as well go up to image and adjustments the first thing we’ll do is just to desaturate this neck gets rid of the color there just a black and white image now let’s invert that image adjustments and invert and there we go so we have our black and white line drawing basically of our person we now need to blend this into our paper and that’s by using a blending mode on that layer again this our black and white sketch layer so normal and the blending mode that I’m using on this one is linear burn which is right there it just gives us that kind of a ain’t drawn effect on that paper now I want to limit how much of this is showing I don’t want to have it clear you know full resolution you have full values all the way around the outside edge I want to limit the outside edge a little bit and we’ll do that by using a layer masks so make a layer mask for this I’ll just click on the layer mask button there we go go over here to the black color mishear foreground color is set to black if it’s not just quickly default colors and reverse those and there you go and then paint brush in front of my size paintbrush and get rid of our special effects brush we’ll get back to that in a bit as well just grab a soft brush and I’ll set mine at 200 pixels in here which is pretty good and painting on the mask side look for that outline on the math side with black just come in here and just carefully tap in a little bit you don’t want to get rid of too much just a little light tap and it will fade it out hold it a little longer and I’ll actually erase it clearly just kind of take it away a little bit around the outside edges across the top there too and that gives the effect that’s been drawn into the paper better if it’s not going to close kind of fading off like that okay so there’s our first step well now do a similar thing to our next layer up here but because we’re putting layers on top of each other we’re going to have to use a different effect for this one this time we’ll go up to the filter and filter gallery and instead of stylized we’ll go up to artistic and use colored pencil and let’s just take a look at that there’s our colored pencil effect now notice that the color pencil effect has some nice drawing lines built into it so it looks like the sketch that’s what I’m going for here so I use the colored pencil these settings in here pencil with that 3 stroke pressure at 3 and then paper brightness clear to the top and NECA does that white background which is what you want so put a clear to the top and she’s okay there we are let’s now blend this in with everything else and because we’re doing a layer that would be blending through our sketch there and down to that layer we need to again use a different blending mode in this case the one that I’m going to be using is multiply so normal and come down to multiply and that actually burns that image into our background image now there’s again too much I want to limit the amount of this on the outside so we’ll do another layer right here another layer mask rather an earlier mask in there it is make sure you’re still on black and paintbrush and in same things come in and can remove some of this stuff on the outside that’s leaving the pencil part showing and then coming in and showing just part of this color section in this area here so we’re showing kind of the left looks out of the picture of the face right here it’s actually his right side of the face I’m leaving that with our top layer and I’m taking it off everywhere else leaving a little bit up here just for some accent okay that’s the second stage I notice with these two we’ve lost the eye in there the eyes kind of gone away so we’re going to fix that with these layer masks so on the top one top layer masks were right now look at the outline just tap that once in there it’s come down one layer tap that once and you should have just paper behind there we go let’s now do a layer mask down here on the paper level so a new layer mask and then just tap on that a couple shots in here and that brings back in the eye from the actual photograph now that needs a little bit of adjustment – it’s too dark when we do that because the blending modes that are happening in here so we need to lighten this one up a bit and we’ll then put some texture on top of that as our last step so come down to the background layer and we’ll do a layer adjustment layer right here and levels there’s our a levels adjustment layer and we’ll use this to adjust the values of vasa blends into the picture better now the settings that I used for this were 13 on the black 1.42 on the mid-tones and 173 on the highlights and that brings that yet again so it kind of matches the overall image just close that downstairs our layers there is before and there is after that layer adjustment okay last thing we need now is to put our texture in now I’ll be using a special brush for that and we’ll put some texture around here to give us some brushstroke effects and do a little bit on top of the eye make sure that it looks like it’s actually drawn and not just a photograph well I’ll do that at the top of our stack make a new layer here we go in emphasis we’re using a custom brush and the download link for that custom brush is on my video support page again the link for that page is in the description so let’s go up here to our brushes and I’ve already opened this up and then right down here I’m going to show you how you do that I’ll set this back to the default brushes I’ll just reset my brushes to the default settings there we go and then simply navigate to where you have that brush click on load brushes mine happens to be in here you say I have this in a folder called Photoshop brushes and there’s the actual brush it has the ABR extension on it yes you can find our invert box here we go click on load and that loads those brushes in at the bottom of your brush list there they are and the one you want is right here now those are these all have 2500 as their starting size so these are large large brushes so double click on that you can see there’s the size of that brush it’s huge so we need to bring that brush size down and I have mine set at 200 pixels which is a better size there we go and it’s still black as you can see there now I’m just going to come in here just kind of tap around the outer edge just a few times and put in some basic texture out here and I’ll put a couple in the middle in here and I’ll build one right on top of the eye like that and a couple down below just a little bit just around the outside edge because it’s got kind of a some lines happening out we now need to blend this in with the picture so I’ll change back over here to our move tool and we’ll adjust the blending of this layer now on this one we’re using a soft light blending mode there is a soft light that just kind of blends it back in like that just so it looks like like they’re just kind of part of the sketch process we have some detail now over the eye which is good I don’t want to have so much of this when I bring this down just a little bit so again we’ll do another layer mask there it is back to our paint brush and make sure you’re on black and it’s changed back to one of our default brushes at the top up here I’ll just choose the first one which in this case is a 200 soft round 200 pixels soft round and we have black and it’s going to come in just kind of tap a little bit on the outside there on the inside leaving most of these sketch lines around the perimeter and take it out above his eye right there and below the aisle a little bit and leave it kind of on the eye and just take out some of that so it’s not quite so much and there we go that’s all there is to it as you can see there’s a lot of places in here for variability you can control the settings on these two different layers and you can control how much of each effect is showing through with the layer mask but there it is that’s how to do this old-fashioned pencil sketch ink sketch technique taking it right from as you can see down here right from a photograph just like that and then building in those techniques so it’s fast easy to do and I think it has a great finish to it there it is that’s my custom old fashioned pencil sketch and sketch technique thank you for watching this a special Photoshop photography project video don’t forget to subscribe so that you will get first notice of new project videos in the future just click on this link right here where it says subscribe here you can get all 12 project videos in the series along with 26 special videos demonstrating 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  • MrMoonpie001

    Neet thing is you do not really know how it will turn out till you get finished. You get the idea in your head and just start working at it till it is something you are satisfied with. Much room for creativity and effect with this technique

    Thanks George!

  • Erth Walkur

    Thank you, that was a great learning. Definitely, more steps/tools/adjustments.

  • Valerie Young

    Thanks for not going fast. This tutorial was comprehensive and easy to follow🤓

  • Boghrat Sadeghan

    Thank you sir for this fantastic tutorial .You are an amazing artist and the way you described it, was perfect I have seen many sketching t but yours is far above of all… 5*** just loved it..,my hat off to you .

  • Deb Schwalm

    I'm sorry, but I don't see a link to the file for the background old age paper…

  • Immortal

    Your instruction is so eidetic ,thx teacher

  • How To Gurus

    Here are some more great Photoshop Art projects


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