Pencil Sketch effect in Photoshop

Here is tutorial built in                  that you can use to create a realistic pencil sketch in Photoshop.

Step 1:

Open up Photoshop and choose source photograph in Adobe Photoshop. (You will enjoy the best sketch effect if the photograph have a clean background). { image with background }


Step 2:

Make a duplicate layer of the background layer by right click on Background > Duplicate Layer. Or use shortcut Ctrl + j. { image with duplicate layer of Background}


Step 3:

Go to Image > Adjustments > Invert or Ctrl + i. This will make the colors of the selected layer to their opposites on the color scale. { image with inverted layer, image}


Step 4:

Right click on the same layer i.e. Background copy layer and select Convert to smart object. This will preserve an image’s source content with all it’s original characteristics to enable you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. { image with Convert to Smart Object option}


Step 5:

Go to Filter menu > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Alter the radius around 40pixels > Click OK. { image with Blur effect image}

Change the blending mode of duplicate layer to Color Dodge. { image with color dodge effect}



Step 6:

Click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer from the bottom of the layer panel and select Levels. { image with level option}.

Move the shadows to 11 and midtones to 0.93. This will darken the image little bit. Then click { image with level settings}


Step 7:

Again click on Create new fill or Adjustment layer but this time select Black & White option. Keep the default settings, you will get more pencil sketch effect. { image with Black & White Option with the result}


Step 8:

Go to Select menu > All or use Ctrl + A to select all. Then go to Edit > Copy Merged or use Ctrl + Shift + C. This will merge all the visible layers. Then press Ctrl + V to paste the merged copy On the top of the layer.



Step 9:

Now Filter menu > Filter Gallery > Stylize menu > Glowing Edges. Make the following settings: Edge width to 1, Edge Brightness to 17 and Smoothness to 13. Then click OK. { image with Stylize And changes}


Step 10:

Now we will color from white on black and black on white by inverting the layer. Image > Adjustments > Invert. { image with inverting result}.


Change the blending option to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 54%.{image after changes}




Step 11:

Create a new layer by clicking the New Layer Icon at bottom of the layers panel. Then Ctrl + Backspace to fill the layer with white color. For this your Foreground color must be White.


Step 12 :

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Texurizer. Make the following settings: Texture: Sandstone. , Relief: 4.


Change the blending mode to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 50%.


{ Final image.}