Introduction: Photoshop: Turn Your Photos Into Pencil Sketches
Take any old photograph and make it look like a pencil drawing in a just few easy steps!
Choose a picture and open it in Photoshop.
Press Control+J. This will copy the photo into a new layer.
Click on the Adjust Layer button (it may be right at the bottom of the layer box or at the bottom of the page). Then select "Hue/Saturation" from the pop-up list.
The Hue/ Saturation dialog box will appear. Reduce saturation to -100 by sliding the arrow to the left.
Click layer 1 to activate.
Where it says "Normal" on the layer editor box, click the drop down and select "Color Dodge."
Press Ctrl + I to invert the picture. Don't freak out if your image disappears and it turns all white; that is what you should expect from this step.
Go to the "Filter" tab. Select "Blur" then "Gaussian Blur" from the drop down menu.
Slide the radius bar to your liking. We recommend somewhere around 40 pixels.
Click the layer adjustment button again and select "Levels."
The 'Levels' dialog box will open. Slide the arrows to your liking; this time you are in control of three different arrows, so you can just play around with them until you get your preferred look.
Open the brush tool by clicking on the icon on the left side of your window. Change the Brush Size to large (recommend 400) and hardness to 0 and opacity to 40.
Note: make sure the foreground color is black. You can switch the foreground colors by clicking on the arrow next to the color swatches.
Brush over dark areas to make it look less dense by dragging the brush tool over your image.
And now you have a really cool pencil sketch of your photo!