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    making a pencil sketch from colored image in PS

    You might enjoy this method of turning a painting or photo into a pencil sketch in Photoshop:
    take a color painting or photo. here I used Khalid's beautiful color painting.
    duplicate the colored layer. now perform an image>adjustment>desaturate on the new layer. it will be black and white now.
    then duplicate the black and white layer and choose image>adjustment>invert then set the blend mode of the newest layer to color dodge. The canvas should appear almost white.
    now go to filter>blur>motion blur
    adjust the slider and direction until you get something you like that looks most like a pencil sketch.
    I usually use the burn tool set at about 50% to darken a few areas and add some contrast.
    enjoy!
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    Hi gzairborne,

    Splendid sketch !

    It is exactly what I need but I am not sure to be able to do it, I have only Photoshop Essentials for the moment. Is this possible to do that whit Painter ?
    Thank you.

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    Wonderful results! Thanks for sharing the technique.

    As for Dany´s question, I believe that something similar should be possible with a number of graphics programs.
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    Ohh. That's a fine recipe there GZ. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany51 View Post
    Hi gzairborne,

    Splendid sketch !

    It is exactly what I need but I am not sure to be able to do it, I have only Photoshop Essentials for the moment. Is this possible to do that whit Painter ?
    Thank you.
    sorry it is not my sketch. It is a painting by our own Khalid.
    I was able to duplilcate in Photoshop Elements. So maybe can do in Photoshop Essentials too. Here is how I did it in Photoshop Elements:

    right click on color layer and choose duplicate layer
    go to enhance> adjust color>remove color
    now duplicate that layer (black & white now)
    filter>adjustments>invert on the new layer
    set blend mode to color dodge
    filter>blur>gaussian blur
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    Last edited by screenpainter; 06-22-2008 at 05:12 AM.

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    Glad you put the link in. I missed this one before.

    Nice technique!

    What's it like working from a photo as opposed to art? Since art already is edited, these have a hand done look. For changing from a painting to a drawing look it seems to work great.

    Nice find or invention!
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    sorry it is not my sketch. It is a painting by our own Khalid.
    I was able to duplilcate in Photoshop Elements. So maybe can do in Photoshop Essentials too.
    Indeed It's about Photoshop Elements that I was speaking,
    thank you very much for the explications .
    I can see that is Khalid painting but you did the sketch and the result is excellent.
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    Thanks Dany. I am glad you liked this technique.

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