Pencil Sketch of a Pet: Photo to Sketch Conversion & Blur Background

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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Pencil Sketch of a Pet


This brief tutorial by David Kelly explains how AKVIS Sketch was used in conjunction with Corel Paint Shop Pro to create a realistic looking color sketch from an existing photograph, with a blurred background.

Source image Result
Original Image Result

The author writes: "Although this example was created with AKVIS Sketch plug-in used in conjunction with Corel Paint Shop Pro 9, similar results can be obtained with other compatible image editing software packages. Download the unrestricted AKVIS Sketch ten-day free trial and try Sketch out for yourself. You will not be disappointed!"

    Note: AKVIS Sketch allows achieving such a result without a photo editor. Using the settings of the Background tab you can blur some parts of the image and imitate a blend of the original photo and the drawing. You can work with the standalone edition as well as with the plugin version.

Let's follow the steps David described:

  • Step 1. I opened the original photo in PSP9.
    Original photograph
    Original Photograph
  • Step 2. Then I used PSP9's freehand "point-to-point" selection tool to select the dog.
  • Step 3. Saved the selection to an Alpha channel; Selections - Load/Save Selection - Save Selection to Alpha Channel - name then save. Saving a selection makes it easy to recall without having to redraw the selection if a mistake is made.
  • Step 4. Named and saved image as a Paint Shop Pro image file.
  • Step 5. Inverted the selection, Ctrl+SHIFT+I. This transferred the selection from the dog to the background area enabling it to be edited separately from the foreground image, i.e. the dog. Next a radial blur effect was applied to the background.
    Background selected
  • Step 6. Selected Adjust -> Blur -> Radial Blur, then entered these settings:

    - Blur type = Spin.

    - Blur strength (%) = 21, plus Elliptical selected.

    - Center: Horizontal offset (%) = 0, Vertical offset (%) = 0, Protect center (%) = 19.

    Named and saved the radial blur settings as a preset then clicked OK to apply the radial blur effect to the image's background and to return to PSP9's workspace.

  • Step 7. Removed the selection, Ctrl+D.
    Selection removed
  • Step 8. Called AKVIS Sketch from within PSP9: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> Sketch.
  • Step 9. Left clicked Sketch's Run button to initially apply its default settings.
  • Step 10. Adjusted each of Sketch's Effects and Strokes field's slider controls individually.

    These adjustments produced the final parameter values seen below:

    - Watercolor = 10,

    - Charcoal = 2,

    - Coloration = 100,

    - Angle = 45,

    - Stroke Thickness = 6,

    - Min Length/Max Length = 3/10,

    - Midtones Intensity = 1,

    - Midtones Hatching = 4.

  • Step 11. Once satisfied with the final result left clicked Sketch's Apply button . This closed Sketch to reveal PSP9's workspace containing the finished color sketch image, which can be seen below.
    Color Sketch
    Color Sketch
  • Step 12. Named and saved the completed color sketch as a TIFF image file.
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