The author of the tutorial David Kelly writes to us:
Here you will find out how AKVIS Sketch was used in conjunction with Paint Shop Pro 9 to create a realistic looking black and white sketch from an original 1912 sepia-toned photo showing a section of Westmuir Street, Glasgow, Scotland.
After converting to greyscale, its wide range of detail and tonal differences made it a challenging image for Sketch to successfully convert into a realistic looking black and white pencil sketch.
|Image 02, curves adjusted black and white version|
Tip: Smoother looking black and white pencil sketches can be created from photographs containing lots of fine detail (like the example used here) by adding a minimal amount of blur to the entire image before applying Sketch.
|Image 03, after slight Gaussian blur effect applied|
Note: Although most of the overhead power cables that criss-crossed the original photo were removed, this didn't detract from the final pencil sketch effect, or compromise the image's 1912 period look.
|Image 04, the completed black and white pencil sketch|
Note: Frequent saves were made in Paint Shop Pro's proprietary file format during the editing/conversion process.
Summary: As with any creative software, and AKVIS Sketch is no exception, any artwork created is totally subjective. However, with Sketch there's no reason why, when used in conjunction with a compatible image editing program, you shouldn't be able to quickly and easily create fine colour or black and white sketches suitable for printing, framing, and displaying.
Download the unrestricted AKVIS Sketch ten-day free trial and give those old, and not so old photos a new lease of life by turning them into your very own personal works of art.