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Tutorial: Sketch, OhThatGirl2001 method

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Old 05-29-2002, 01:28 PM
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Tutorial: Sketch, OhThatGirl2001 method

I have been toying with taking a portrait and turning it into a realistic pencil like sketch. I have tried the technique with smart blur and find edges, poster edge etc., but I'm still not thrilled with the result. I found a nice tutorial using another method I thought I would share with you:

REALISTIC PENCIL SKETCHES
Create realistic pencil sketches from color photographs quick and easy.
Step one: This is an easy method for rendering realistic looking pencil sketches from photographs. It works best on even toned photographs. Open an image file that you want to convert to a pencil sketch. Use your favorite photo or scan an image into Photoshop.

Step two: Make a duplicate layer, then with the copy layer active, select Image/Adjust/inverse. Next select Image/Mode/Grayscale and don’t flatten the image.

Step three: Go to the layers palette and change the Blend Mode of the Copy layer to Color Dodge. The image will disappear. Don’t worry, it’s still there. Let’s bring it back. Select Filter/Blur/ Gaussian Blur and apply a blur radius between 2.5 and 3.5 for a natural looking pencil sketch. Adjust higher or lower for your own taste.
(My comment: you might want to go to Levels to adjust a little.)

I tried the above method out and here is the result. This one looks more like a charcol sketch as I used a level adjustment when I was finished.

Lisa
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I forgot to add the link
http://forums.about.com/ab-graphicss...gnF=y&tid=2662

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Old 05-29-2002, 01:31 PM
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Wow, that looks great Lisa. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 05-29-2002, 01:47 PM
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Thanks - I'm still working on refining it. I just discovered that if you use a lower Gaussian Blurr setting say 3.5 + the image appears to be very light but the outline is just right. So, I just duplicated the layer and chose Mulitply in the blend mode until the image appeared darker without having to change the levels.
*I had to do this twice for a picture I was just working on.

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Old 05-29-2002, 01:59 PM
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thanks for the tip Lisa! I wouldn't have thought of doing it that way, and by your results it looks like it works really well.

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Old 05-29-2002, 02:15 PM
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VERY COOL Lisa!! Thanks for posting this. I have an aunt who prefers pencil and pen & ink over any other type of art, so this will definitely come in handy!!

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Old 05-29-2002, 02:20 PM
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Thanks ... I'm waiting to see a sketch from you now

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Old 05-29-2002, 02:27 PM
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Here's another one that looks more like a pen and ink drawing. It's a picture I took of our inlet.

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Old 05-29-2002, 03:56 PM
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thanks for the tip Lisa - that works wonderfully and is so simple to follow. I tried it on this photo and like the results without doing any more than follow your directions.

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forgot the attachment

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