The Fad of Sketch Pad
Portraiture is a documentation of an individual’s look and personality using different kinds of medium, may it be through a painting or photograph made possible by the artist’s insight, style and skill and by the portrait subject’s present status. It becomes more customized and classy if it appears to be sketched by an artist. With a grayscale effect in addition, the photo becomes more dramatic. In this tutorial we shall then learn how give a sketch effect to a photo and later on give it a grayscale color.
Finished image of Sketch Effect to a Portraiture
CTRL+O or OPEN the photo from your file, preferably a close-up shot.
CTRL+L to open the CURVES option box to brighten the picture a little bit. Click the middle of the diagonal line and drag it up until you reach the OUTPUT of 145 and INPUT of 117.
Duplicate the BACKGROUND LAYER by hitting RIGHT CLICK over the said layer and select DUPLICATE from the dropdown.
Select the Duplicate Layer. Then click FILTER> SKETCH > CHALK CHARCOAL
Upon the display of CHALK and CHARCOAL options, change the values of CHARCOAL AREA to 8, CHALK AREA to 18 and STROKE PRESSURE to 2 then hit OK.
Now work on the BACKGROUND layer ONLY by hiding Layer 1. To do this, click the EYE ICON at the said layer.
Click FILTER> SKETCH> CHARCOAL
From the options of CHARCOAL, change the values of CHARCOAL THICKNESS to 3, DETAIL to 4 and LIGHT/DARK BALANCE to 40 and hit OK
UNHIDE layer 1 by clicking the eye icon box then change OPACITY of this layer to 88%.
RIGHT CLICK on either BACKGROUND LAYER or LAYER 1 then select FLATTEN IMAGE.
Click IMAGE> ADJUSTMENTS> LEVELS
Upon the display of LEVELS option box, change the value of the middle box to 1.35 to lighten the new image.
Click IMAGE> MODE> GRAYSCALE to give the photo a more dramatic appearance
Now save your file. You have now an image with a sketch finish.