Paint Shop Pro: Pencil Sketch Look

Paint Shop Pro Tutorial can teach you how to do any number of things. You can alter a photo with several different kinds of effects. A pencil sketch can add an artistic edge to any photo. Knowing the right steps on how to use this tool will help you to make any photograph look like it was drawn by hand. Below are the required steps you will need to take in order to successfully achieve a pencil sketch look.

Step 1: Choose Your Photo

When you are picking a photograph for this effect, it is best to choose one that will benefit from it. Not all pictures will look good with this effect. The lighting has to be right as well. If one is too dark or too light, you will not be able to make out the lines (and shadowing) very well. It is best to start off with a simple picture of just one subject that is easy to make out. Once you have gotten the hang of this tool, then you can practice with more challenging pictures.

Step 2: Colorize Filter

Once you have successfully chosen a picture that will work for this effect, you will need to apply the 'colorize' filter. You will do this by pushing both your shift button and 'L'. Be sure that your saturation and hue are both set at zero when you do this.

Step 3: Duplicate Background Layer

After this has been done, you will need to get the background layer duplicated for your image. In order to do this, you will need to select the 'layers' option at the top of the screen. In the drop down box, you will choose the 'duplicate' option.

Step 4: Apply Blur

A blur is going to need to be applied to successfully achieve the pencil sketch effect. In order to do this, you will need to go to the 'effects' option at the top of the screen. From there, you will choose the 'blur' feature in the drop down box. You will be provided with an option to 'blur more'. You may need to 'blur more' a couple of times. You are going to want to have your subject blurred quite a bit, but not to the point where you cannot tell what it is anymore.

Step 5: Negative Image

Once you have gotten your picture blurred to your liking, you are going to need to get it converted into a negative image. In order to do this task, you are going to need to go to the 'colors' option at the top of the screen. From there, you will choose the 'negative image' selection in the drop down box. Once you have chosen this, your picture will take on the same image as a picture from a negative roll of film.

Step 6: Dodge

The blend mode on your copied layer needs to be changed to 'dodge'. In order to do this, you will need to go to the 'layers' selection on your screen. In the drop down box that appears, you will choose the 'dodge' option.

Step 7 - Adjustment Curve Layer

Your adjustment curve layer will be added by going to the 'layers' section and choosing the 'new adjustment layer' option. You will choose 'curves'. Enjoy your pencil sketch look!

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