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Tutorial (link): Sketch Effect by David Cole (DavidC)

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Old 08-29-2005, 10:13 PM
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Tutorial (link): Sketch Effect by David Cole (DavidC)

Check this out for a really neat effect...

It was crafted by RetouchPRO member David Cole (DavidC).

Note: If you don't have Buzz and assuming you have Photoshop or Elements...

For the simplified effect...
* Blur / Smart Blur (normal)
* You might have to Sharpen a bit

Then, for the edges - Option 1
* Find Edges
* Image > Adjustment > Desaturate
* Image > Adjustment > Levels (move left and middle sliders left to get rid of some of the midtone noise). You may have to paint white over unwanted areas.
* Change blend mode to Darken, which will neutralize the white.

Then, for the edges - Option 2
* Glowing Edges
* Image > Adjustment > Invert
* The rest of the steps are the same as Option 1

Then, for the edges - Option 3
* Blur / Smart Blur (edge only). Experiment with settings.
* Image > Adjustment > Invert
* Photoshop only: Stylize > Diffuse > Anisotropic
(Elements: Try a little Gaussian Blur, followed by a little Unsharp Mask to soften the edges, then make them a little crisper)
* Optional - Edit > Fade to back off the edge smoothing
* Change blend mode to Darken, which will neutralize the white

If you don't have Painter, you can try the Art History Brush to generate some interesting colors.

On mine (attached) I used a custom Impressionist plugin style for the color, but Charcoal > Default with Brush Size = 125 would work, too. I also added Trimoon's "Art Paper 101" texture available at (downloads).

The method can be used to render a charcoal-like effect, too (see 2nd attachment).

Anyway, thanks, David, for the wonderful illustration of your technique.

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File Type: jpg David Cole sketch djr.jpg (94.7 KB, 122 views)
File Type: jpg David Cole sketch charcoal djr.jpg (86.0 KB, 134 views)
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:52 AM
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Thanks for link Danny ( i think ) looks like i am going to be busy again,
this looks really great

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