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Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges

Here's a very simple and effective technique where essentially we are going use the lines of the image as its texture. We will also see some of the original texture in the background as well. This originally began looking like this, nice picture of a flower, but I think it's much more interesting like this. I got from this to the finish state, in this way we applied a Find Edges filter, turned it to black and white, so we just have the black line and then on top that, we put a copy of the layer and then paint it through on a layer Mask and the overall effect is that one.

Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges

Here's a very simple and effective technique where essentially we are going use the lines of the image as its texture. We will also see some of the original texture in the background as well. This originally began looking like this, nice picture of a flower, but I think it's much more interesting like this. I got from this to the finish state, in this way we applied a Find Edges filter, turned it to black and white, so we just have the black line and then on top that, we put a copy of the layer and then paint it through on a layer Mask and the overall effect is that one.

I am using I bristled brush when painting through, but you can use any kind of the brush you like, vary the opacity, vary the size of your brush, vary the length of your strokes and you can get some really interesting and very unique results. I am going to switch now to the starting file which is in the Exercise folders, if you are a premium subscriber. This is just the image by itself. I am going to begin by converting this for Smart Filters. I am then going to come down to Stylized and choose Find Edges, no options for that filter, it just finds the edges.

Next, I'm going to make it black and white using a Black & White adjustment layer and next, I'm going to copy the original image layer, select it, press Command+J or Ctrl+J, put that copy at the top of a layer stack, throw away the Smart Filter that came with it and now add a layer Mask to it and then on that layer Mask, choose your Brush tool. I'm going to be painting in white. Make sure that white is your foreground color.

So I am first of all going to fill the mask with black. Black is currently my background color, which means that if I Press Command+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace key that will fill the layer Mask with Black. White is my foreground color now, my Brush tool and I am going to come and choose a Bristled Brush and I am using this first one here and now when I pick up the stylus of my tablet, we can see we get the bristled brush preview thing over here.

If you want to get rid of it, you can just click on that X right there. I will leave it there for the moment and now I am just going to so paint in and as I do this, I will be varying my Brush Opacity, I am currently at 60%, but let's go down to say 30. I am also possibly going to be varying my Brush Size, right bracket. More important than making nice pictures of pretty flowers is the essential component that we see here of painting through a layer to reveal the texture and the color of layers beneath and you can apply this technique to any filter whatsoever and it's incredibly powerful when you've got an infinite range of options for what you can do with it.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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