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Tutorial: Lisa's Pencil Sketch (grayscale or pastel-like)
This is a summary of the steps Lisa shared:
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1. Background: Duplicate image ("A. Desaturated")
2. "A": Desaturate
3. "A": Duplicate image ("B. Color Dodge")
4. "B": Set blend mode to Color Dodge and Invert (CTRL + I). Don't panic. Screen will go almost (or completely) white.
4a. Optional step: Some methods suggest setting the opacity to 95%. Your call.
5. "B": Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur - blur to taste.
6. Create a new Levels adjustment layer ("C. Levels")
7. "C": Adjust the contrast by moving the Left slider toward the right. Might have to move the R slider towards the left a bit. Experiment. (Note: Some people prefer to use a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer here instead.)
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Optonal steps to add kind of a pastel-like look:
8. If/when you like what you see, create a new layer "D. Base".
9. Cool Trick. "D.": ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + E (this merges all visible layers into layer D without collapsing the individual layers in case you need them again later.
10. Create a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer above layer D. Make no adjustments at this time. Name it "E. B/C"
11. Click the Background layer and duplicate it.
12. ALT +CTRL + SHIFT + ] (Right bracket) - to move the duplicated Background layer to the top of the layer stack.
13. New layer name: "F. Color"
14. "F": Set blend mode to Color.
15. "E": Open the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer; start by moving the Contrast slider to the left. See the soft color appear? Tweak the Brightness / Contrast sliders to suit.
* Adjust opacity of layer F
* Turn off layer E
Steps 8-15 applied
The pastel look...
Granted this look may not be optimal for "people," but try it on flowers or scenery.
And a little color...
The remaining steps... plus I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment later at the top of the layer stack and boosted the saturation to + 65.
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Hi, Ms. Janet. It's getting cooler here in the hills, isn't it?
Very interesting results, and I'm glad you bumped this thread back up. I had never seen it, and thanks, Danny for sharing this technique. I tried it on a lotus blossom. Looks sorta like a chalk drawing.
Hey, Ms. Cat. Not only cooler, but we FINALLY got some of that rain we need so badly.
I can see you added back some of the color. I really like the soft, almost romantic feel in the way it turned out. GGoing.
My favorite non-filter pencil sketch technique.
eScrappers Pencil Sketch. I did sharpen the eyes a bit.
For the colored version, I placed the sketch above as the base layer with duplicate copies of the original color photo. Set the Top layer to Hue and the Middle layer to Saturation. I did whiten certain areas (i.e., teeth and eye whites) a bit.
Last edited by lkroll; 12-21-2005 at 08:24 PM.
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