Turning a Baseball Photo into a Color Drawing
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Changing a Baseball Photo into a Color Drawing

 

The author of the article Danny Raphael is a moderator of Photo-based Art forum at www.RetouchPRO.com. Look at the AKVIS Sketch Evaluation and Gallery by Danny.

Source baseball photo Result: color drawing
Source baseball photo Result: color drawing

  • Step 1. Lets open the photo of the junior baseball players in Adobe Photoshop editor.

    Junior baseball players
    Click the image to open a larger size image in a new window

  • Step 2. Create a copy of background layer. To do it just drag the background layer to the Create a New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette.
    Layers palette - creating a new background layer
  • Step 3. In the Layers palette go to Background copy layer and open AKVIS Sketch plugin. In the plugin window press button. The original photo will be transformed into a pencil drawing with default parameters.
    Results of plugin application. Deafault settings

    Apply the result by pressing button in the plugin window. Now we have two layers in the Layers palette: the lower layer - original photo, the upper layer - resulted black and white pencil drawing.

  • Step 4. Create another background copy and put it over all other layers.
    Layers palette - creating a background layer copy
  • Step 5. After this change the upper layer blending mode from Normal to Color. As a result hue and saturation are taken from the active layer and brightness - from the lower layer (the one with the pencil drawing in this case). As a result colors will retain their saturation and all the lines will stay as distinct and bright as they were in the pencil drawing.
    Pencil drawing after changing the layer blending mode
    Click the image to open the pencil drawing in a new larger window
  • Step 6. Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer increase image color saturation by a little bit.
    Layers palette - Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

    Few simple steps gave the photo a completely different look. Now it is "handicraft". You can do the same with any photo - wonderful results guaranteed.

    Junior baseball players - color pencil drawing
 
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