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


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25 Comments »

Comment by Laura
2006-02-18 06:50:54

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

 
Comment by Dphotojournal com
2006-02-18 06:57:01

Thank u for your kind words Laura..
All the best with your new site.. :)

 
Comment by Katie
2006-02-19 13:34:48

Great tutorial! This is come in handy :)

 
Comment by Sy
2006-02-19 23:20:04

Great tut keep up the good work

 
Comment by Alex
2006-02-28 14:27:02

That chick is gorgeous

 
Comment by rapha
2006-04-05 03:28:30

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

 
Comment by Akasha
2006-05-29 18:08:35

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

 
Comment by muralidhar
2006-07-21 22:58:18

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

 
Comment by BerkayBB
2006-08-26 19:06:47

Nice Tutorial, only the girl is not nice :P

 
Comment by farahdoll
2006-10-20 15:07:48

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!

 
Comment by patrick
2007-05-13 17:28:25

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

 
Comment by Ajan
2007-05-31 06:17:51

that was short and sweet tutorial! loved it!

 
Comment by Angela
2007-06-20 13:50:55

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

 
Comment by Teguh
2008-04-01 20:58:34

great tutorial… nice, many thanks :)

 
Comment by Mandy
2008-04-02 07:26:46

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!

 
Comment by Kruthika
2008-04-07 01:06:45

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

 
Comment by vincent
2008-05-05 21:57:16

thnx for the tutorial… :D

 
Comment by zozo Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-08 11:40:55

جميل جداً ساقوم بشرحه مرة اخرى ووضعه في موقعي

اتسمحون لي بذلك

 
Comment by Bacon
2008-12-07 11:45:15

Thanks awesome tut!

 
Comment by spiker26 Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-16 18:48:33

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.

 
Comment by Reon
2010-01-26 04:59:29

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

 
Comment by vikas
2010-06-21 00:50:53

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/

 
Comment by jaz
2011-03-06 09:02:15

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

 
Comment by Narasimha Subscribed to comments via email
2011-07-02 06:56:17

hi,

this very awesome work

thank u it will help me a lot

 
Comment by ronald
2011-07-11 06:26:41

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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