B&W Pencil Sketch from an Old Sepia Photo
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.
STAGE ONE: PREPARED PHOTO FOR AKVIS SKETCH CONVERSION
STAGE TWO: APPLIED AKVIS SKETCH
- Step 8. Called AKVIS Sketch: Effects - Plugins - AKVIS - Sketch.
- Step 9. You can see the result of its default settings in the Preview Window.
- Step 10. After inputting a few different parameter values and clicking Sketch's Run button to view the results, the following settings were found to produce the intended effect.
- Step 11. Left clicked Sketch's Apply button . This closed Sketch to reveal PSP9's workspace containing the finished black and white pencil sketch.
- Step 12. Used PSP9's Eraser tool to tidy up the sky area.
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.
- Step 13. Added a light grey border; Image - Add Borders. Entered the relevant values into the Add Borders box then left clicked OK. See final pencil sketch below, Image 04.
|Image 04, the completed black and white pencil sketch|
- Step 14. Named and saved the finished sketch as a non-lossy Tiff image file.
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.