How to Create a Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop CS5

A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. The term sketch has most often been applied to graphic work executed in a dry media such as graphite pencil, charcoal or pastel.

So today, I am going to share with you very simple techniques to create a pencil sketch effect in Photoshop CS5. You will definitely appreciate our creation. I’ll be using Photoshop CS5 throughout this tutorial but the steps apply to any recent version of Photoshop. You also can design your own image more batter to follow this tutorial instructions. Enjoy!

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Tutorial details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 Mins

Create a Sketch Effect in Photoshop – Final Preview

Final Preview

Tool and Resource

Tool and Resource

External Resource

Photoshop Tool

  • Polygonal Lasso Tool

Lets start to create our sketch effect in Photoshop.

Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) with 700×1000 of size.

Create a New Document

Step 2

First of all add the Beautiful Girl Picture in Photoshop and name it layer “Girl Picture“.

Add Girl Image

Step 3

Now we take a duplicate of girl picture (Ctrl+J) and name it duplicate layer “Girl Picture Copy“.

Select girl picture copy layer and go to Image > Adjustment > Desaturated.

Image Adjustment

Step 4

After image adjustment now select girl picture copy layer and press (Ctrl+J) to take another duplicate layer, and go to Image > Adjustment > Invert to invert the effect of duplicate girl layer.

Invert Effect

Set Blend Mode to (Color Dodge) of this duplicate adjustment layer.

Set Blend Mode to Color Dodge

Step 5

I am going to applying Gaussian Blur on this duplicate girl layer.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian Blur

After applying Gaussian blur we get a nice effect as like in picture below.

Get Nice Result

Step 6

Here I am going to change the eye color of our sketch. Select Polygonal Lasso Tool and make a selection of left eye as like in preview.

Make Left Eye Selection

Select original girl image layer and press (Ctrl+J) to duplicate selected area and move it to the top of all layers.

Duplicate Image

Step 7

Now again select Polygonal Lasso Tool and make a selection of right eye as like in picture below.

Make Selection

Select original girl image layer and press (Ctrl+J) to duplicate selected area and set it top of all layers as like in preview.

Duplicate Right Eye Layer

Select both duplicate eye layers and merge them (Ctrl+E) now set image color balance.

Go to Image > Adjustment > Color Balance.

Hue Saturation

After set color balance we get awesome effect on duplicate eye layer.

Get Awesome Effect

Set Opacity (40%) of this layer.

Down Opacity

After set opacity we get nice effect on eyes.

Get Nice Effect

After complete all steps we get our sketch effect photo in final preview.

Final Preview

Final Preview

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