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  • Tutorial: Colored chalk (Lisa Peters inspired)

    The thread Lisa Peters (aka: OhThatGirl2001) started way back in about March 2002 describing a pencil sketch method she discovered at About.com was probably the one that resulted in the creation of the Photo-based Art forum, something for which many (including myself) will always be grateful.

    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.

    VARIATIONS
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    * Adjust opacity of layer F
    * Turn off layer E
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    Black and white

    Layers A, B, C, D...
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    • #3
      Steps 8-15 applied

      The pastel look...

      Granted this look may not be optimal for "people," but try it on flowers or scenery.
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      • #4
        Method using a sunflower

        Base image
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        • #5
          Sunflower - sketch (BW)

          Steps 1-7...
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          • #6
            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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            Have fun!

            ~DannyR~
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            • #7
              Using the technique described above, I found that setting the gaussian blur all the way to the right, usually makes a more detailed, pencil like sketch.

              Janet
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              • #8
                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.
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                • #9
                  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.

                  Janet

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                  • #10
                    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.
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                    • #11
                      Here's one of Kate using my old pencil portrait method.
                      Alan
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                      • #12
                        Had to give this a try. This is "Lisa's pencil sketch", basically, but with angled strokes run on the desaturated layer and 2 duplicates of the original on top, one in color mode, one in linear burn. I think.

                        dc
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                        • #13
                          Re: Tutorial: Colored chalk (Lisa Peters inspired)

                          Followed most of the steps, but painted out a few lines and softened others.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Tutorial: Colored chalk (Lisa Peters inspired)

                            You people have inspired me to try this one also. I did it last night and was tired so can't recall what I used to arrive at it. Darn it, means I can't dupe it myself if I wanted to.

                            It's a sort of sketch I think.

                            However I do have OnOne Photo Tools 2, Filter Forge, and Topaz, and as couple of other tools to play with.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Tutorial: Colored chalk (Lisa Peters inspired)

                              It may not meet the original criteria but this is how I see it.

                              Peter
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