Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing out of a Photo

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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing out of a Photo


The author is Alexey Pasko. The example is made by means of Adobe Photoshop CS with the plugins AKVIS Enhancer and AKVIS Sketch.

Alexey decided to change one of his photos made on a motorshow into a pencil drawing.

Source image Result
Source image Result

  • Step 1. First of all we should reveal as many details as possible, because the more detail are on the photo, the more detailed will be the pencil drawing.

    Let's create a background layer copy and call AKVIS Enhancer plug-in on this layer. The plug-in will help us to increase details in the photo's shadows. This can be done by increasing the Shadows parameter to the maximum.

    AKVIS Enhancer window with the parameters

    Now by using Unsharp Mask filter we increase sharpness of the photo to enhance details even more. Apply Unsharp Mask filter with the following settings: Amount - 70%, Radius - 0.5 pixels, Threshold - 0 levels.

    After AKVIS Enhancer correction and application of Unsharp Mask filter the photo looks like this:

    Photo after application of AKVIS Enhancer and Unsharp Mask
  • Step 2. Lets make a copy of the edited photo layer, just for a case. Being in the new layer call AKVIS Sketch.

    Change settings: decrease Midtones Intensity down to 4 and increase Sharpen up to 70. All other settings remain default.

    Pencil drawing

    The square in the photo is tiled and AKVIS Sketch draw it thoroughly. But too many strokes make the drawing dirty and divert attention from the subject. We could of course blur the tiles before applying AKVIS Sketch, but chose another way.

    Apply modifications by pressing in the upper right corner of the plug-in window.

  • Step 3. Add a new Levels Adjustment layer with a mask and lighten the tiles and the remaining background.
    Levels dialogue window

    There has become fewer strokes, but the sharpness of the tiles is left intact to a large degree.

    The drawing after background lightening
  • Step 4. Lets merge the Levels Adjustment layer and the layer containing our drawing into a single upper layer and apply the Photoshop Rough Pastels filter. This is made for the drawing not to be too "slick" and to add paper texture.
    Rough Pastels filter settings
  • Step 5. The last stroke - a little bit more Levels for better contrast.

    The Layers palette at this stage looks like this:

    Layers palette

    And here is the resulted pencil drawing:

    Pencil drawing on textered paper
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