Turn a Photo into Pencil Sketch in Photoshop

Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop Tutorial, you will learn to Turn a Photo into Pencil Sketch. With this quick Pencil Sketch Effect tutorial, you can convert an image into a sketch in just a few clicks.

Instead of creating a black and white pencil sketch effect, you can also turn this effect into a Colored Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop. At the end of this tutorial, I will show you how you can turn a photo into coloured sketch.

Pencil sketch effect
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Let’s begin with the tutorial. First, select a photo with some decent lights and edges. Then launch Adobe Photoshop and open the image as a new document.

Now follow the steps to create Pencil Sketch in Photoshop

Step 1

Open a colored photo in Adobe Photoshop.

Pencil Sketch Effect
Step 2

Press Shift + Ctrl + U to Desaturate the image. This will convert your colored image into a black and white image.

Desaturate the image
Step 3

Hit Ctrl + J to duplicate the photo. A copied layer will be created in the Layers Panel. Select the copied layer and press Ctrl + I to inverse the Desaturation effect. Then set the Blending Mode to Color Dodge.

Create duplicate copy
Inverse the effect
Change the Blending Mode
Step 4

Let the copied layer be selected and click on Filter in the Menu Bar. Hover the cursor on Blur and select Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur dialogue box, put checkmark on Preview and set the Radius.

Select Gaussian Blur
Set the radius of Gaussian Blur
Step 5

In this step, we will adjust the contrast of the Pencil Sketch Effect. Click on Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers Panel. Then select Levels from the options list. Set the Shadow, Midtone and Highlight values for the photo.

select create new fill or adjustment layer
Select Levels
Pencil Sketch Effect
Step 6

Now we will see how we can convert this black and white Pencil Sketch into Color Pencil Sketch. Again select the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers Panel and select Solid Color from the options list. Pick a color from the Color Picker and then change the Blending Mode to Color.

Pencil Sketch Effect

This is how you can Turn a Photo into Sketch in Photoshop.

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