Turning photos into colored pencil sketch

In this tutorial we will show you how you can make a colored pencil sketch from a photograph with your photoshop or photoshop elements.

Here’s the before and after picture:

color pencil sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1: Open your file (file>open or ctrl +o)

Step 2: Make a duplicate of your backgound layer (layer>duplicate layer or by dragging your background layer to create new layer button in your layer pallete).

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 3: Turn that layer to Black & White (Image>Image Adjustments>Desaturate)

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 4: Now copy your background copy layer (layer>duplicate layer or by dragging your background layer to create new layer button in your layer pallete).

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5: Invert the background copy 2 layer (ctrl +i)

Step 6: Change the layer mode to color dodge, and you should be hardly to see anything on your image.

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 7: Now apply gaussian blur to that layer. Play around with it until you get the desired look. Here’s mine with 20.5 pixel

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

Step 8: You’ve got yourself a b&w pencil sketch. Now for some colors, click your ‘background copy’ layer and expriment with the opacity for the desired look. I like it mine with 65%

Colored Pencil Sketch Photoshop Tutorial

That’s it!

color pencil sketch Photoshop Tutorial

25 Responses to “Turning photos into colored pencil sketch”

  1. Laura says:

    AWESOME tutorial… i might use this as the theme for my site

  2. Thank u for your kind words Laura..
    All the best with your new site.. 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    Great tutorial! This is come in handy 🙂

  4. Sy says:

    Great tut keep up the good work

  5. Alex says:

    That chick is gorgeous

  6. rapha says:

    vcs sao mto cabecudos pq fazer um site desses sem prma e sem cabeca

  7. Akasha says:

    Whaoo!
    It’s great! Thanks! Very much! It looks like a real drawing!!!!
    It’s very useful!

  8. muralidhar says:

    very useful site for beginners like me who quest for techniques
    Thanks for this site

  9. BerkayBB says:

    Nice Tutorial, only the girl is not nice 😛

  10. farahdoll says:

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i’ve been looking for this kind of effect and i finally found yours!!!!! yoiu dont know how much i needed it! thanks!

  11. patrick says:

    nice… it’s a better tutorial than the others i saw

  12. Ajan says:

    that was short and sweet tutorial! loved it!

  13. Angela says:

    Great tutorial– It worked great and only took a few minutes!!

  14. Teguh says:

    great tutorial… nice, many thanks 🙂 …

  15. Mandy says:

    Thanks for this tutorial I have always wondered how this was done, and it seems quite easy to do.

    I will have to give it a go to find out!

  16. Kruthika says:

    A wonderful tutorial !!! Was searching for one of this kind for quite a long time… !!! Good Work !!!

  17. vincent says:

    thnx for the tutorial… 😀

  18. zozo says:

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    اتسمحون لي بذلك

  19. Bacon says:

    Thanks awesome tut!

  20. spiker26 says:

    something is not working for me between step 6 and 7. Step 6: Change the layer mode to color dodge, and you should be hardly to see anything on your image.

    colour dodge leaves my picture unchanged, can’t get the pencil sketch.
    what am I doing wrong?
    Thanks for a helping tip.

  21. Reon says:

    hi… u also luk nice nd ur tutorial rocks..

  22. vikas says:

    There is a website where you can simply convert your photo to sketch or painting with maintaining actual size and that is totally free……
    http://www.pixelstouch.com/

  23. jaz says:

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Narasimha says:

    hi,

    this very awesome work

    thank u it will help me a lot

  25. ronald says:

    wow thats so much easier then blending and sketching fasster too can already draw like that but people cant wait for several hours lol great job

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