Turn Your Photo into Sketch Easily in Photoshop!

Unmesh Dinda 0:02
Hi there, this is Unmesh from PiXimperfect. And today I’m going to share with you a quick
and easy way to convert your photos to a simple sketch in Photoshop. You’re going to be using the good old ingredients
– Blend Modes, Blend If and filters. But, you know what? The only thing that makes a recipe great is
the right combination. And what is it? Let’s find out. So, without any further ado, let’s get started. This video is made possible by the support
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actions just for checking it out. Back in the magical world of Photoshop. And if you wanna go ahead and download any
of the photos shown in the tutorial, check the links in the description. So, here we have our surface image open, the
surface on which we’re going to place the pencil sketch. So, let’s go to our Finder or Explorer and
drag and drop in the subject over the canvas, right. Over the canvas, not here, over the canvas. Now it’s time for us to adjust it. Let’s rotate it a little bit. Let’s make it a little smaller and place it
over the notebook, just like this. Now when it’s time for us to mask out the
areas which we do not want in the pencil sketch. With the Subject layer selected, click on
the Mask button right there. Now, take the brush, make sure the foreground
color is black, because black hides, make the brush a little bigger, with a soft brush
just erase the areas which you do not want. I want to decrease the flow to about 20% because
I want to fade the bottom of the subject just like that. You might as well want to go even lower to
maybe 10% when you’re working on the subject. Now, when you’re not working on the subject,
you can always go higher, maybe 40% and just erase the areas which you do not need. Now let us adjust the subject again. With the Subject layer selected, press Ctrl
or Command + T, and now, let’s make it a little smaller, place it right over here, that seems
to be nice. And this looks all right. Now, once you’re ready with this, hit Enter
or Return. Because we want to have the fading of the
subject, have a look here, the fading of the subject needs to be a part of the filter,
not just a normal fading. And for that we need to add a white background. So, with the Background selected, click on
the Adjustment layer icon and choose a Solid Color and choose the color White. Now, don’t worry about it. It will be hidden because we’re going to change
the Blend Mode to Multiply. Now, as we can see, there’s a little bit area
left over here. So select the Subject Mask, take the brush,
black as the foreground color and just paint black on it. It’s fine. Now, we need to select both, the Subject and
the color Fill layer. So, select the Subject layer, hold the Ctrl
or Command, select the Color Fill layer. Right click on it and choose Convert to Smart
Object. Now it’s all one. Now, if you want to access the Mask or any
of the Properties, you can always double click on the thumbnail, a new document will show
up with the Mask and everything, the background layer as well. And if you want to change anything, change
it right here and go to File – Save and it will update the original document. I don’t want to do anything. So I’m just going to simply close this down. Now, let’s change the Blend Mode from Normal
to Multiply because Multiply is the Blend Mode which darkens stuff. And the Blend Mode – Multiply hides everything
which is 100% white. Have a look at it, it’s already giving you
a nice effect. Now it’s time for us to apply the Pencil Sketch
Filter. So let’s go to Filter – Filter Gallery. Now inside of that, just make sure this just
one filter right there. If there are more, you’re going to select
them and click on the Delete button right there. So we’re going to go under Sketch, and under
Sketch, you’re going to find Graphic Pen, and it automatically gives your image very
nice sketch effect. Let’s zoom in. And there are values that you can control. You can control the Stroke Length, whatever
you want, but, I’m going to keep it at 9. 9 works fine for me, and Light/Dark Balance,
I’m going to leave it at 57. You can play with it. See what works for your image. Stroke Direction can be anything you want. You can keep it Horizontal, you can keep it
Left Diagonal. Let’s leave it at Right Diagonal for this
example, and just hit OK. It’s wonderful, isn’t it? But if you zoom in, there’s one problem. When we sketch with a pen or a pencil on a
piece of paper, it’s never 100% black. So, to add a little bit of realism, we need
to include the texture of the paper into the subject, into the sketch. And how do we do that? Simple. Blend If. So, with the Subject layer selected, double
click on the right hand side of the layer, this opens up the Layer Style dialog box. Now, take the slider of the underlying layer
from right to left. This takes away the bright areas of the layers
which are underneath it from the current layer. But right now when we take it away, it’s very,
very harsh, right? So we need to soften it up a little bit. So, hold the Alt or Option, click on the slider
to break it apart, and just take it apart. As easy as that. And have a look at it, the texture of the
paper is showing up in here. Pretty nice, isn’t it? You can take it even further if you want to. But I’m going to leave it at about 228, that’s
fine for this example and hit OK once you’re satisfied. Also, it’s too dark on the left hand side. What to do? Let’s decrease the Opacity. So, let’s set it to about 75%. See how it is. Maybe 77%. Let’s zoom out and have a look. Wow, that is much more, way more realistic. But there’s, again, one more problem. If you zoom in, have a look at the sketch,
it’s very sharp. We never do such sharp sketches. It’s pixel sharp. So, we need to add a little bit of blur to
it. And how do we add blur? You already know that. Go to Filter – Blur and then Gaussian Blur. Let’s add 0.4 or point 0.5. 0.4 is kind of too much blur. Let’s zoom in. It’s kind of too much. Let’s go for 0.3. What do you think? 0.3 is something acceptable. Hit OK and zoom out. Wow, that is way better. Now, here comes an optional step. You can leave it at that if you want to. However, if you want to take it a step further,
if you want to add some realism to it, we need to do something real. So, let’s create a new layer and in this layer,
we’re going to take a realistic pencil brush and just add some outlines to the image. On the new layer. You can just name it Pencil Outline, zoom
in to the image. With the brush selected, make sure the foreground
color is black, and now change the brush to, I’m going to choose Dry Media brushes. Select the first one – KYLE Ultimate Pencil
Hard. If you’re CC member, you can always download
these brushes for free from Adobe’s website. Adobe already comes preloaded with these brushes. Now, what we have to do is to just zoom in
and draw the outlines. But, if I draw the outlines in here, it’s
going to be darker than the sketch. We don’t want that to happen. So, here is what we do. Let’s go back and then, before you sketch
anything, hold the Alt or Option, click on the line between these two layers – Pencil
Outline and the Subject. Now this is clipped. Now, whenever you paint something on it, it’s
never going to be darker than the subject sketch. So, let’s zoom in and just simply add some
outlines to it. Nothing difficult here. You can increase the Flow if you want to. I’m going to keep the Flow at somewhere about,
let’s try 100%. Let’s see what kind of effect it yeilds. 100 is nice. Let’s make the brush a little smaller. If you’re wondering how did I rotate it, just
hold the ‘R’ key, rotate it. Then when you release the ‘R’ key, it gets
back to the Brush. If it doesn’t get back to the Brush, you can
always press the ‘B’ key for the brush tool. If you’re having difficulties drawing the
lines, you can also do this, you can temporarily turn off the Gaussian Blur and the Filter
Gallery. And then you can just follow along and now
you can get back to the pencil outline, and then just draw the outline accordingly. Now, let’s turn on the Gaussian Blur and the
Filter Gallery and see how that Looks. Wow, that looks wonderful, doesn’t it? Now, let’s do the other areas which are left
out at the bottom. I’m going to turn them off again to see the
lines and get back to the pencil outline layer. I think you don’t have to do that so far. So let’s take the eraser and erase this. It’s kind of too much. We don’t need it. Up to this point, I guess, up to this point,
it’s fine. And it’s okay. Now let’s take the Brush back again and just
draw that as if it was drawn with a real pencil. This is fantastic. Now, let’s just complete these outlines. Now, I think it looks pretty okay. We can totally stop at that. But, you can take all the time in the world
to sketch all the intricacies of this picture. But if you zoom in, have a look at this, some
of the lines outside are going outside the page. No problem at all. We are going to the select the Subject layer,
click on the Mask button and take the Brush, take a soft brush in the General Brushes,
just take a soft round brush and erase those off. With black as the foreground color, you can
just erase them off. Leave some, you don’t have to erase them all. Just the ones that are out of the page. So, erase them and we are good to go. Have a look at this. Isn’t this looking wonderful? So there you go, a quick and easy way to convert
your photos to a simple pencil sketch in Photoshop. Just a quick little recap. We used two concepts here. Number 1, the Blend Mode – Multiply. The Multiply Blend Mode hides everything which
is 100% white and only darkens. With the help of the Multiply Blend Mode,
we were able to bring the texture of the paper in the white areas. Now, to bring the texture in the dark areas,
we used Blend If. The second thing that we used in here, the
second major thing, was the Graphic Pen filter. So, simply go to Filter Gallery and Graphic
Pens. Do check out the other filters as well. There are some really cool filters. I hope this video helped you and if it did,
make sure to give us a like and also don’t forget to subscribe and not just subscribe,
ring the bell so that you don’t miss any other future tip, trick or tutorial. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you guys in my next until then stay
tuned and make sure that you keep creating. Transcribed by https://otter.ai


  1. PiXimperfect May 13, 2019 at 3:02 am

    NOTE: If the colors are showing up opposite after applying the graphic pen filter, make sure the foreground color is black and background color is white before applying the filter.

  2. Veselin Vasilev May 13, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Thank you!

  3. Clark Barrow May 13, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I love your videos. You present the information clearly and precisely. It's obvious you are extremely smart. Thanks for the great information!

  4. Christopher Lee May 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you ?….for you record you have nice voice

  5. Sandeep Sunny May 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Action share karo bhai plz.

  6. Sidrah Jamil May 13, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Please please do a tutorial on the way butnaturalphotography do the editing. I really want to learn it

  7. Unais PK May 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Your moustache is just awesome

  8. esku75 May 13, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    This is insane ?? THK U

  9. Sujay Hiremath May 13, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Hey Unmesh!
    I really appreciate your tutorial as they a very lucid and easy to understand but I this tutorial you had the portrait of the kid with a creamy kind of background which blended well with the paper Color… But if i wanted to create the same kind of effect with some other pictures having a background what would be your suggestions?

  10. CJ Majesty May 14, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Seems faster than usual this time.

  11. Orion May 14, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Very nice ? thank You ?

  12. Prosper Astro May 14, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Rwandy come watch this

  13. Shraddha_143 May 14, 2019 at 9:17 am

    please indian hokr ek HINDI me bhi video bana dijiye ji

  14. mr.arshah May 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

    bro plz make a video on adding patterns to clothings.

  15. kulthoom Malik May 14, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Pencil drawing plzz make a video

  16. Abdullah S. K. May 14, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I do not know why once I try the first way I finalize with GREEN color sketch paint !! anybody know why ?

  17. Frank Cich May 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent special effect, Unmesh. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Rob L May 15, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Wow thanks for showing us how to make art with no skill,no talent, and no effort. Seriously digital art is lamer then our current PUTOS. Get a real job loser..

  19. Andhika Zanuar May 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    great video.. thankyou!

  20. Andhika Zanuar May 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    great video.. thankyou!

  21. Andhika Zanuar May 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    great video.. thankyou!

  22. OoJoshioO May 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm


  23. Promise Das May 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Amazing Tutorial. Thanks a lot!

  24. Your Fine Art By Stevey May 16, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Love your Vids, been great for me – however, On this one I'm struggling to understand why, when I take an image (any image) and apply the 'Sketch' filter – the image just appears to look like the old black & white negative (or a pile of ash)? no matter where I slide the sliders? Any ideas?

  25. DeadBoyEdits May 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I have to thank you for making all these helpful tutorials, you've saved me so many headaches

  26. J Cozad May 17, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Slow down

  27. YOY May 17, 2019 at 8:58 am

    오빠사랑해 ♥

  28. Muhammad Aarif vlogs May 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

    outstanding sir

  29. Ludacris Leon May 19, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I have learned so much from your channel. You make it look easy. Thank you

  30. MIFTA JERE May 20, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Suscr back me

  31. Swapan Bauri May 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Sir aap to hindu ho to hindi me vhi video banao taki hum log vi kuch shik shaky… please sir hindi me ak channel kholiye

  32. piciek008 May 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    How to add KYLE brushes into older version PS, any advice manual fix?

  33. Online Trading May 21, 2019 at 3:48 am


  34. OutLawNinga6 May 21, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Is that a girl or a boy in the photo????

  35. Rushdi Latiff May 21, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    My god in the heaven, I’m speechless. I’m going to start watching all your videos from the beginning.

  36. John Mav May 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Really thank you!

  37. karcheng lai May 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    So good,so thank you.

  38. Muhammad Aarif vlogs May 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    KYLE ultimate pencil hard ……Please link of this brush i need !!!

  39. Webcrawler May 27, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Your voice is lit mahn?

  40. Majd Melhem June 1, 2019 at 1:43 am

    those brows…….

  41. Dovev June 4, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Best teacher in youtube.

  42. AH Imaging June 7, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Never subscribed and rang the bell so fast. Amazing channel. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  43. ShoelehFilm شعله فیلم June 15, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Hello dear professor.
    If possible, enable Persian subtitles.
    I sincerely thank you.

  44. Anh Huynh June 15, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Thanks so much

  45. الرياضيات للكل June 16, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Thank good job from morroco i love your videos

  46. SWARAJ ADHIKARI June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Hey Unmesh I am your new subscriber and IAM into graphic designing and just wanted to know that which is the best laptop for Graphic designing and video editing. Suggest me the laptop which work buttery smooth with these softwares like Adobe ps, illustrator and after effects and other UI designing softwares.

  47. fuad ramada June 20, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I don't get graphic pen as u show

  48. Reut Ahdut June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    what should i do if the filter gallery isnt avaiable for me?

  49. pawnoir June 29, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Tu te fouts de la gueule du monde ! Un truc aussi ringard… 10min pour expliquer ce qu'1 filtre fait pour toi. Minable.

  50. Vaia Daldis Fine Arts July 1, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Talented both in Photoshop and on camera.

  51. Simon Rolfe July 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Hi there. I saw your tutorial on Blend modes. Really good. Will have to show you my tutorial in my book on how to use photoshop on using blend modes. Coloured in black and white images, used it for cosmetics; the list is endless.

  52. Neil Hunter July 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Fantastic videos, awesome channel. So happy I found it!!

  53. Vicky As venky July 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm


  54. Anshuman Thakur July 17, 2019 at 7:20 am

    When I try to rotate the canvas it shows rotation is available only in open gl documents please help

  55. Mahesh Designs July 18, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Superrrrrrr Anna

  56. Nikko Alcala July 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm


  57. Divya Radhika - August 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Effects are not working what should I do??? Pencil effect and all…it is faded out

  58. THE AMANA August 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    what happened with his mustache

  59. Foo Windsor August 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    hi, I had a problem on applying the graphic pen into the image, I had follow the same step as this video show. But the effect could change the background to purple and the foreground to black. Can u help me answer this question?

  60. 8D REVOLUTION August 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Please do the cartoonify ourselves

  61. KitCat Krafts n Kpop August 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I want to try this for my new kitten to make cards! Thanks

  62. Chilli and Bean August 28, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    you're awesome

  63. Nenea Me August 29, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Hey… PIXI… if "Turn Your Photo into Sketch" is "Easily in Photoshop!" let's show us how easy is to turn a Sketch into a Photo 😉

    Can you try?

  64. Robert Visser August 30, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    In the space of 3 months I have learned so much about Photoshop just by watching your channel. Excellent work

  65. Mँ Rabins September 1, 2019 at 8:08 am

    please make videos on making simpson character of yourself…..please !

  66. Anna Vahtera September 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Turn your photo into sketch. Step 2 is to sketch it by hand 😛

  67. Taste_is_Sweet September 6, 2019 at 12:19 am

    What if you can't draw well enough to do the outlining? 🙁 (I should also add that I love your tutorials! But I'm learning Photoshop because I can't draw.)

  68. chirag parmar September 11, 2019 at 10:56 am

    How to Draw colour ful Painting like a Painter creat a Sketch

  69. Fidelity September 15, 2019 at 1:56 am

    dude subscribed i like the straight forwardness

  70. Jimmy Le September 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Hi! I really love your work! Is there any chance that you can create a photoshop photo for me?i am happy to pay as long as it not super crazy

  71. SURAJ NEGI September 24, 2019 at 8:49 am

    sir my sketch is coming in black and white color i dont know why?

  72. Dragnmastralex September 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    not a fan of that pencil sketch filter as it puts the lines all in 1 direction and it doesn't make it look like it was drawn because no artist draws like a printer and does perfect lines from top to bottom.

  73. Leandro Grião Barbosa September 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing as ever. You are the god of Photoshop. 🙂

  74. Tarin Vernon September 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    what a nice gift for a friend. Will try this

  75. Tan Choon Hong September 28, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Crystal clear.

  76. TheBasicYoutuber October 1, 2019 at 5:22 am

    i use cs6 and when i apply the filter the whole image goes black but with the white sketches

  77. Fortuna October 1, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Anyone elses graphic pen filter not working? The other filters show me what they do but when I try and use graphic pen, i just get a blank canvas.

  78. ZENOIST2 October 1, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    This guy is a briliant presenter that some big company should snap up. He explains things really well , has very good english and is great using his face and expressions and hands.
    He also smiles a lot to put people at ease , he's a born presenter, skill level 100. He might be good looking ish to women but I'm a man and wouldn't know.

  79. Tiger Roar October 6, 2019 at 1:18 am

    have you ever played with scribble texture using channel mask?

  80. Agney sunish October 7, 2019 at 10:21 am

    My drawing is very dark plz help

  81. Ashish Yadav October 11, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Hindi bol ne Mai sharam aati hai kya

  82. Rasraj Arts & Calligraphy October 14, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Beautiful…easy syeps to follow to work on it. Thank you 🙂

  83. Rich October 27, 2019 at 7:45 am

    sick brows homie, keep it up

  84. Grayve Rose November 1, 2019 at 6:19 am

    My wanky is a secret key to the universe via the black lodge

  85. Davor Dakić November 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    When I click on the graphic pen, only black color appears over the photo. What did I do wrong?

  86. OC-Craft by Olive Cena November 5, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this tips ? Big help.

  87. Daltira November 6, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Intro music wayyy to loud

  88. The real'z SugarBaby November 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    what if u broke and cant afford a pen

  89. Gumnaam Gamer November 10, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    bhai tu kamaal h yr ???

  90. Design Ustad November 16, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I love the image you select ………. awesome skills

  91. Anthony Hazlewood November 23, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Great, thanks, that's now on my to do list…

  92. Vardim&Gauss November 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Cool! I like it.

  93. Sport Champion December 3, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Sir, what tools you use to connect to computer to draw by using pen?

  94. ali ali December 4, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Great Job Brother:)

  95. Quick lovely December 12, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    How do i quit out of the art gallery? it is not working and now my photoshop is stuck.

    (Edit: never mind i fixed it by restarting my computer.

  96. Martin A. December 19, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Im from Germany and your videos are helping me so much in my daily job. Thanks for this!

  97. OTRUTA December 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

    look! I'm beardead, I'm youtubing and got a fancy mic!

  98. Roronoa Zoro December 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    your mustache is like hitler's. proud to see people still supporting him

  99. lieven maselis December 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    oh HELL no…… this absolutely disgusts me…..people work years on the craft of knowing how to draw. And now you just basically diss on that by showing an easy way to just show a nice pensil drawing. Its so disrespectful. want to make a good sketch? Learn to draw maybe?

  100. Amdan Graphic Studio December 25, 2019 at 8:43 am

    great, thanks for sharing

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