Pastel Drawing out of a Photo with AKVIS Sketch
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Pastel Drawing Technique

 

Pastel crayon is a kind of chalk. One usually draws with chalk or pastel on textured paper, but unlike chalk, pastel forms velvety strokes with soft porous edges and looks more intense in color.

In this example we will show you how to make a pastel drawing out of a digital photo. You can achieve this result by using our files: just download the source image and the preset we used in the file pastel.zip.

    A portrait of a girl A pastel out of a photo
    Original photo and pastel drawing
  • Step 1. Run AKVIS Sketch and open the photo:

    A portrait of a girl
    Source portrait of a girl
  • Step 2. Using the Preview Window adjust the settings of photo-to-sketch conversion.

    Default photo-to-drawing parameters Adjusting settings: color drawing
    Default settings Adjusting settings

    We made moderate changes to the parameters to reduce hatching. Then we added color to make the strokes intense and bright.

    Coloration = 20;
    Original Colors = 81;
    Stroke Thickness = 9;
    Midtones Intensity = 4;
    Midtones Hatching = 80;
    Edge Strength = 90.

    Click on to convert the whole image.

    Color sketch in the program window
  • Step 3. To add the effect of drawing on rough paper we can use a texture: switch to the Canvas tab, make the Use Canvas option active, select a texture from the Library and adjust parameters as shown on the screenshot below.

    Click on to process the image. The texture totally changes the image: strokes become more blurred and shaded, edges are more soft and friable. That's exactly what we need from pastel.

    Change canvas by adding rough paper effect
  • Only three simple steps — and the pastel drawing is ready!

    The reduced images do not let us see the effect well, so please click on the image to open a larger copy in a new window.

    Pastel drawing made out of photo
    A pastel out of a photo
    (click on the image to open a larger copy in a new window)
 
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