Photoshop: Etch-A-Sketch! How to Create the Retro Look of Etch-A-Sketch Drawings.


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform photos
into the retro look of the lineographic, mechanical drawings that were created on the classic
toy of the early 1960s: Etch-A-Sketch. This is an update of a tutorial I did many
years ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. I provided a Photoshop template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description below
or project files. It includes an image of the Etch-A-Sketch
toy and the inside shape of the Etch-A-Sketch screen. Open a photo that you’d like to use for this
project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. We’ll convert it into a Smart Object, so we
can modify it non-destructively and allow us to replace it with a different photo without
having to redo most of the effects. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. We’ll place our photo onto the Etch-A-Sketch template. Make sure your Move Tool is active and drag
the photo onto the tab of the template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. We’ll resize and position it in a moment,
but before we do, open your Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the inside shape to
make a selection of it. Open back the Layers panel and click the Layer
Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the photo. Click the chain-link icon to unlink the layer
and the layer mask. This allow us to resize and reposition either
of them independently of the other. Make the photo active and open your Transform
Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-
arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift if you’re using a version earlier than CC
2019. Then, drag it in or out. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and drag the photo. Then, press enter or Return. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. We want only our photo to be black and white,
however, because adjustment layers affect all the layers below them in the Layers panel, we’ll need to clip it or restrict to affect just the photo. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or
press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Make the photo active and go to Filter, Pixelate
and Mosaic. Make the cell size: 4. Go back to Filter, Stylize and “Find Edges”. Let’s save some space in the Layers panel
by collapsing the Smart Filters. Change the Blend Mode to “Multiply” and reduce its opacity to 80%. Lastly, we’ll adjust the Levels to brighten the tones. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again and
click “Levels”. I already know the amounts that work best
for the shadows, midtones and highlights, however, since every photo has its own tonal
ranges, feel free to adjust them for your image. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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