Half Sketch Effect

This tutorial will show you how to make an image look like it’s half-sketched. It’s a really easy effect that I’ve been seeing around lately. Reminds me of that A-Ha video.

We’re obviously going to start with our object. I used another image from PhotoSpin
(PhotoSpin # PS008088).

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Select your object and extract it to its own layer with [Ctrl + Shift + J].

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Duplicate that layer again with [Ctrl + J].

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Go to [Filter > Stylize > Find Edges]. Press [Ctrl + Shift + U] to desaturate the layer.

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Bring up the Levels dialog with [Ctrl + L] and adjust the sliders until you get the detail you want.

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Add a Layer Mask with the button at the bottom of the Layers palette, or with [Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All]. With the Layer Mask selected, choose the Gradient Tool [G].

Drag the gradient over your image to make some parts of the mask visible.

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You can repeat the gradient until you get the effect you want.

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That’s about it. You can get creative with the Layer Masks to create some differing effects.

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Comments Spill 7 Comments »

  1. September 30, 2008 4:48 amDaniel

    I love this one. I see pictures like this all the time and use photoshop frequently, and still didn’t know how to do this! Thank you!

  2. February 23, 2009 2:22 amBarry Jackson

    I have adobe CS2 . I cannot find “Gradient tool” in my tool box . When I press (G) as instructed I get paint bucket .
    Could you please point me to “Gradient tool ” on CS2.
    Thanks

  3. March 7, 2009 11:41 ambindlov

    Barry, try to press (G) one more time

  4. March 9, 2009 2:20 amTeesaa

    Hold the mouse button on the paintbucket(button) and when the option appear, select the gradient tool

  5. March 10, 2009 5:32 amTom

    To get to gradient tool, press and hold the paint bucket and you should get the option to change to gradient tool.

  6. March 10, 2009 9:08 amGemma

    This is amazing!
    Thank you so much! Now my amature photos looks more or less professional!

  7. October 6, 2009 4:24 pmemily

    To get gradient by keyboard, and to cycle through any of a tool’s incarnations (aka freehand lasso, polygonal lasso, and magnetic lasso), press Shift+G (or L, S, etc).

 
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