How to convert a photo or image into a pencil drawing in Photoshop (example)

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You are one of the people who loves to draw both people and objects in pencil and would like capture it in digital format . Well, you find that, if possible, you can convert a photo or image into a pencil drawing in Photoshop in a professional way. With Photoshop, you don't have to limit yourself, anything you can imagine can be created with this ideal image editor for you.

Therefore, if you want to know what steps you should take to convert a photograph or image into a pencil drawing in Photoshop, read on.

How to get a professional pencil drawing with Photoshop

In this section of this guide, we will explain what the first steps are for get a professional pencil drawing with Photoshop. Also, you can edit photos in Photoshop, and give your personal touch to the drawing, following the following steps that we will indicate:

  • The first step will be to choose the photograph or image you want to convert into a drawing.
  • The second thing is to open the Adobe Photoshop application.
  • Once inside, open the photo you have chosen in Photoshop.
  • Going to the right column, you can find the level that the photograph has.
  • If it's partially locked, you'll find a padlock next to the photograph's name.
  • Next, you will need to unlock the image by clicking on the lock.
  • Now, you need to duplicate the image layer; you have two options:
    1. Right-click and choose the duplicate layer option.
  • Pulsar CTRL + J.
  • Desaturate, Invert, Dodge Color and Blur the image

    Next, we will have to desaturate, invert, overexpose color and blur the copy we created of our photograph and take the following steps.

    • First we will have to desaturate the image .
    1. Go to the top menu and select, Image> Adjustment> Desaturation.
    2. You can also use the Shift + CTRL + U keyboard trick.
    3. Next, we proceed to duplicate the layer that we have already desaturated.
    4. We hold down the layer and at the same time type CTRL + J again.
    • Now let's reverse the last copy that we created.
    1. We select the menu at the top and then image> settings> invert.
    2. If you want, you can use the CTRL + I trick.
    • Subsequently, we will switch from blending mode to Color Dodge .
    1. Select the menu that opens above the layers, which you will find in normal mode.
    2. Among the drop-down options, we have to choose to dodge the color.
    • Now let's move on to converting the layer to a smart object .
    1. We right-click on the layer and choose the alternative "Convert to smart object".
    • After these steps, we must apply Gaussian blur at the level.
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    1. Let's go to the top menu and select Filters> Blur> Gaussian Blur.
    2. Then the Gaussian blur tab will appear on the screen.
    3. At the same time, the "Preview" box must be activated to observe the changes made to the photo.
    4. The radius is modified, adjusting it to our liking, this can be an average of 22 the value of the correct radius.
    5. Finally, we select "Ok" and we will get our photograph with the appearance of a drawing.
    6. Important fact: Did you know that with the Photoshop application you can restore a faded, old and stained photo in just a few steps. why don't you try it?

      Use a grid with Photoshop

      This is a trick, which will allow you to give the your design a look da pencil drawing adding a grid sheet.

      • First let's open the document where the grid sheet is located.
      • Now, let's press the "Move" tool and direct the grid on our drawing.
        • Next, we select CTRL + T to change the size of the grid to that of the drawing.
      • So we will have to unify the grid with the drawing .
      • We select the "multiply fusion" mode by entering the "Blending mode" drop-down menu and pressing "Multiply".
      • Finally, let's lower the opacity of the grid layer, so that it looks smoother.
      • Opacity can be as high as 46% and we were able to make a photograph look like a drawing.
      • We hope these steps are helpful for you te e create excellent designs with Photoshop , you could even create a photo collage with this application.

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