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February '16

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36 a-e-mag.com • A&E FEBRUARY 2016 Y ou may be wondering, why do I want to create a pencil sketch from a photo? Why would my customer want something like this? A pencil sketch drawing of a family member is a unique way to show a portrait or image and get away from bad lighting, yellow teeth, skin blemishes, etc. This is also a popular trend in gift items right now and can show your customers that you have more to offer than what they are aware of at your shop. There are a handful of ways to turn a photo into a pencil sketch using Adobe Photoshop. I'll go over some of the built- in filters in Photoshop as well as take you through a step-by-step tutorial (only five steps!) to show you some various styles and ways to create this stylized look. We will be using Photoshop Cre- ative Cloud (CC) 2015 for this tutorial but many of these features are available in version CS6. In addition, the step- by-step tutorial doesn't require any new filter functions or bells and whistles that older versions of Photoshop don't have included. High-contrast images are prefer- able with photo conversion but not neces- sary. You can also adjust the contrast of your image before beginning to make sure you start off on the right foot. There are a handful of pre-programmed filters in Photoshop under Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch. Feel free to experiment with them to understand some of the bells and whistles Photoshop provides. However, none of these look similar to the results of the short tutorial below. STEP-BY-STEP There are various ways to create this style. I chose this method as it provides the least amount of steps and produces the most appealing results that could be used for a sublimated photo gift. Step One. Start with your image open in Photoshop and save the file in PSD format (a layered Photoshop file) with a different name than the original file. Copy the main layer by using the Layer palette option, Duplicate layer. We want to now desatu- rate this new layer: (from the top menu bar) Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Step Two. Then we want to duplicate this new, desaturated layer. At this time, you should have three total layers, one in color and two that are desaturated. Next, we want to invert the image: Image > Adjustments > Invert. Then within the Layers palette menu, adjust the Layer mode to Color Dodge from the drop down menu options in the Layers palette. Step Three. Now, let's add a Gaussian blur to this layer. From the top menu bar, select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and start with 20 for a pixel radius amount. You will need to visually judge what seems USE PHOTOSHOP TO TURN AN IMAGE INTO A PENCIL SKETCH By Jennifer Foy The original, full-color photograph that we start this project with. One of our first steps is to duplicate our Layer. ALL IMAGES COURTESY JENNIFER FOY Sketch Photos with a Twist

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