In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any Photo into a Pencil Drawing Sketch Effect in Photoshop. the final output will have the look of pencil drawings and sketch effect. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll get a sketch mockup, that will enable to re-apply the sketch effect again completely on almost any photo in only a few seconds.

Tutorial Notes

  1. First, start by creating a new document with any values you like.
  2. Go to File > Place Embedded to import the image you want to apply the effect on it.
  3. Right-click the imported image and Convert to Smart Object.
  4. Rename it “Image”. Duplicate it, then Change Blend Mode to Color Dodge.
  5. Create Invert Adjustment Layer above. Right-click it and choose Create Clipping Mask.
  6. Select “Image Copy” Layer, then Go to File> Blur> Gaussian Blur.
  7. By changing Blur Radius, you can control the main sketch details density.
  8. Now add a Black/White Adjustment Layer at the very top.
  9. Select “Image Copy”, then add Levels Adjustment Layer.
  10. This is how to make the main sketch effect.
  11. To add more details you can duplicate the “image” layer multiple times, and apply some filters on each layer (Filter Gallery > Sketch, Charcoal & colored pencil).
  12. Change each layer opacity and blending mode to the proper values.
  13. And finally, add some adjustment layers.

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