Incredibly Simple Sketch Effect

Started by rajoe, May 21, 2009, 04:16 PM

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Incredibly Simple Sketch Effect

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create an extremely simple sketch effect. You can apply this effect to any digital image. The greatest thing about this effect is its simplicity.
Final Image Incredibly Simple, Sketch Effect

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The image used in the tutorial was provided by elisafox from Deviantart. You can download the starting image here

Step 1: Preparation

Open the image to which you want to apply the sketch effect. Duplicate the layer by pressing ctrl (command) + j on the keyboard. Select image > adjustments > desaturate from the menu. Duplicate this layer by pressing ctrl (command) + j on the keyboard. Invert the layer by pressing ctrl (command) + i on the keyboard. Set the blend mode to color dodge.

Color Dodge

Step 2: Apply Sketch Effect

Select filter > other > minimum from the menu, and set the radius to 1 or 2 pixels. The larger the radius the darker the lines will be.

Minimum filter set to 2

Step 3: Adding Color (Optional)

You can now add color by simply duplicating your original image layer by selecting it in the layers palette, then pressing ctrl (command) + j on the keyboard. Move the duplicate to the top of the layer stack, and set the blend mode to color.


That's all there is to it.