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Creating a pencil sketch

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Creating a pencil sketch

With this movie, I'd like to show you how to convert a photograph of a person into a simulated pencil sketch using the Filter Gallery. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I'd like to do is scroll down in the Content panel, double-click on the Chapter 15 folder in order to open it up, and then double-click on the pencil sketch folder. Select both of these images by Shift-clicking, and double-click to open them up inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. You can see we have them available to us down here in the Project bin. I'm going to work with this image first. We'll go ahead and close the Project bin by clicking this arrow. All right, so what we want to do is create a simulated pencil sketch using the filters available in the Filter Gallery.

Creating a pencil sketch

With this movie, I'd like to show you how to convert a photograph of a person into a simulated pencil sketch using the Filter Gallery. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I'd like to do is scroll down in the Content panel, double-click on the Chapter 15 folder in order to open it up, and then double-click on the pencil sketch folder. Select both of these images by Shift-clicking, and double-click to open them up inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. You can see we have them available to us down here in the Project bin. I'm going to work with this image first. We'll go ahead and close the Project bin by clicking this arrow. All right, so what we want to do is create a simulated pencil sketch using the filters available in the Filter Gallery.

Great thing about the Filter Gallery is it allows you to combine different filters together in order to create a special effect. That's what we're going to do here. Now, these types of effects are generally kind of hard to create inside of the Filter Gallery. So I'm going to show you a little recipe that I have, that I think works pretty well. Let's go under the Filter menu, and choose Filter Gallery to open up that dialog box. All right, it's going to show us the last used settings. It's defaulting to Palette Knife. You always have to have at least one filter visible here in the Filter Gallery dialog box. When you first open it, you can't delete it. So you have to have at least one. So let's go ahead and change it.

We're going to actually add some different filter effects. Before we do, let's change our view percentage. I'm going to go ahead and just click on the menu here, and choose 25%. So we can see Palette Knife doesn't look very good. We want to change that. Palette Knife not looking very good on this particular image. We're going to change it actually to Poster Edges from within the Artistic set. Click on that, and now we have some different settings over here. What I would like to do is increase the Edge Thickness up to about 5. That's looking good. For Edge Intensity, I'm going to increase that as well up to about 3, and for Posterization, we're going to leave that to 2. So this is basically a posterized effect. We're getting this sort of vector artwork type of look, and it looks pretty good. I actually like the starts of this. The way it's changing, the contrast, the edges are starting to look, sort of like ink or a pencil. However, this is still in color, so it's not quite there yet. We still have ways to go.

We have to add more filters in order to create this simulated pencil sketch. So let's go ahead and click on the button down here, which adds a new filter layer. That's going to duplicate the existing filter, which is Poster Edges. Next thing we want to do is go into our Brush Stroke sets. Let's close up the Artistic set. Open up Brush Strokes, and we're going to choose Ink Outlines. When we click on that, the dynamic area of the dialog box over here changes. We now have control specific to Ink Outlines, and we can change our settings.

I'm going to keep Stroke Length at 4. Dark Intensity though is a little too dark. So I'm going to drag that down to about 4 as well, and for Light Intensity, I'm going to make it much lighter. So we will bring it up to about 20. So what we're doing here is lessening the posterized effect, because Ink Outlines is now combining with the filter underneath, which is Poster Edges. So the next thing we want to do is create another filter layer. We'll click on that button again. That duplicates Ink Outlines, places it above and we now want to access a filter from the sketch set. We'll open that up, and that's Graphic Pen. Let's go ahead and click on Graphic Pen. And now we're getting a lot closer to this looking like a pencil sketch. As you can see here, we've stripped the color out. And this is looking a lot more like a natural media pencil sketch.

Let's go ahead and change some settings in here. Stroke Length 15, I actually like that. For Light/Dark Balance, I think I'm just going to reduce that a little bit. This is a very touchy control. Notice just a couple of points lower, and things are really getting lighter. Okay, we only went about 8 points lower than the default setting. Look at how much lighter it is. But that looks good to me. This looks like shading like you'd see from a pencil. That was actually drawn with a pencil. I think that's looking really good. Even though it's supposed to be Graphic Pen, I think this looks more like pencil, and that looks good to me. So the next thing we're going to do is add another filter layer. This will be our final filter layer. It duplicates Graphic Pen of course. I'm going to close up Sketch, open up Texture, and we're going to select Texturizer.

In here, we have the Texture Options. It's defaulting to Canvas, which is good for when you're trying to create a painting. But since this is a pencil sketch, we want to simulate a type of Graphic Paper, and Sandstone actually does a really good job of that. It looks a little bit like texturized paper. If we zoom in some, we can see it better as we change our settings. Let's go ahead and zoom in to let's say 50% and change some of our settings in here. The scaling is currently at 100%. I want to bring that up to probably about 180% or so, and make it more apparent. We can start to see it a little bit better now. For Relief, let's bring that up as well so we can really see it, maybe around 7. We don't want to get too crazy with it. I want it to look like paper, and not really like sandstone. We're kind of faking it here with these controls, but that's okay. That's what we want to do with the Filter Gallery.

Just because something says Graphic Pen doesn't mean you can't make it look like pencil. Filter Gallery can totally be manipulated. That's the whole idea here, is to combine these guys and get the results that you want. I'm going to keep the Light Source at top. Well, you have other options in here but I'm going to keep it at top. That looks good to me. I don't need to invert it. So I'm just going to go ahead and click OK. So here we have it. Let's go ahead and zoom in some because when you're viewing at these off percentages like 18.6 or something like that. They generally don't look as well when you're previewing in the document window. We want it to be a number like 25 or 50, 75 or 100. That's looking pretty good to me. I'm actually liking that a lot.

If you want to play with this further, what you can do is duplicate the background. We can do that by choosing Duplicate Layer from the palette menu. When this comes up, you can name it or you can choose Background Copy. I think I'm going to name this Overlay. The reason, I'm going to name it that is because I'm actually going to change its blend mode to Overlay. Here is the Blend Mode list. We can click on the arrow to reveal, and then click Overlay. That's actually making it look even more like a pencil sketch. If you think it's a bit much, and it's looking a little too contrast, then you can lower the Opacity of it in order to get it right where you want it. Maybe you bring it down to 50%, somewhere around there. So you can see, there is the regular pencil sketch which can look a little muddy, if you actually duplicate the layer and apply the Overlay blend mode, you can clean that up a bit. It's actually looking good. See now we're losing some of the dots inside of his face, and it's looking a little cleaner. We're also getting these higher contrast edges, and I like that. I think that's looking really good.

Again, as it is with any Filter Gallery effect, after you apply it and you get the settings the way you want, if you have another image that you want to apply it to, what you can do, is open up that image, go on to the Filter menu, and just choose the first instance of Filter Gallery, which applies the last used settings. This only applies the last used settings. You'll want to do this right away after you set it up. We can press Command+F to apply it or choose it from the menu, and we will go through and there we have it. You can go ahead and zoom in. We have a nice pencil sketch here. We can duplicate this layer as well if we would like. Say OK, change this to Overlay, and we have got the same sort of effect going.

So we can keep doing this now with as many images that we might like to apply this effect to. Once you're done, you can do a Save As, save it in whatever file format you like, and then you will have it saved in your collection of photographs.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

84 video lessons · 5473 viewers

Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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