Have you ever wanted to turn a photograph into a sketch?
If so, this Instructable is for you!
Step 1: Starting in Illustrator
Adjust the size of the photo on your workspace to your liking.
Here we have a strapping young lad with his banjo.
Rename the picture "Original"
Note: This type of sketching is great when you have a picture that may be slightly blurry or out of focus, but you still want to use.
Step 2: Preparing Your Layers in Illustrator
Create a new layer and situate it on top of "Original".
Name this new layer "Sketch".
Select "Original" and change the opacity (found under the "transparency" tab) from 100% to approximelty 45%.
Lastly, lock the "Original" layer.
Step 3: Starting to Sketch
Be sure to click on the "Sketch" layer to select it, to ensure you're drawing in that layer.
Next select the pencil tool and the colour that you want to trace (in this case, black)
Then, directly above your workspace, there is a bar with options that will allow you to adjust and experiment with the stroke, brush and style of your pencil tool.
Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you can increase the thickness of your stroke, along with the grainy-ness or pattern of the brush.
Note: If you are not given an option of different brushes, you may have to import them from your brushes library, by clicking on the small folder icon at the bottom left hand corner of the brushes menu (indicated in picture).
Step 4: Keep on Sketching!
Try varying the size of the stroke, finer in areas that require more details.
Tip: when you want to start a new vector, do not randomly click in an area of your photo to de-select the pencil tool. This will cause you to have tiny one-pixel dots all over your photo.
Rather, hit ctrl-click to de-select.
Step 5: Double Checking
To check how the sketch is coming along, click on the eyeball for the "Original" layer, making it invisible. This will allow the sketch to stand out, and you can see any areas that need improvement.
Tip: To zoom in quickly, to fix problem areas, hold down ctrl and use the + or - keys (located next to the backspace)
Step 6: Finishing Up
Under the "File" menu hit Export as .jpeg and you're done!
Tip: For added empahasises, you can choose to add strokes of colour, or select various paths and change the brush styles manually!