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How to turn a photo into a drawing in Photoshop | Publishers

Transforming a photo into a drawing in Photoshop is a simple task. The effect, which gives a new aspect to the image, is initially done as a black and white sketch until the painting with the colors of the original photo. Before starting to work on your image, it is worth mentioning that photos of objects isolated on a white background work best for this technique.

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In addition, it is important to select a photo with good lighting, so that the applied effects are more visible. Next, see how to turn your photos into drawings in Photoshop. As not all photos are the same, you should adjust filters, smudges and opacity of the layers according to what you think is best.

Tutorial teaches how to transform photos into drawings by Photoshop Photo: Joo Pedro Voltarelli / TechTudoTutorial teaches how to transform photos into drawings by Photoshop Photo: Joo Pedro Voltarelli / TechTudo

Tutorial teaches how to transform photos into drawings by Photoshop Photo: Joo Pedro Voltarelli / TechTudo

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Step 1. To import an image into Photoshop, go to the top screen tab in the left corner and click on File. Then go to Open to select the desired photo;

Click "Open" to choose the photo Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliClick "Open" to choose the photo Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Click "Open" to choose the photo Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 2. When an image is imported into Photoshop, it becomes the Background. To apply the effects, it is necessary to make a copy of that layer. To do this, drag it to the bottom of the layers panel, under Create a new layer and release;

Drag the Background to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliDrag the Background to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Drag the Background to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 3. A new layer will be created with the name Background Copy above the original. It is necessary, then, to remove its saturation, that is, to leave it without color. With the Background copy layer selected, go to the upper left corner of the screen, under Image, click Settings and click Remove Saturation;

Remove the saturation of the image Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliRemove the saturation of the image Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Remove the saturation of the image Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 4. Repeat the same layer copy process (step 2), but this time with the Background Copy layer, which is in black and white. Drag it down to the bottom of the layers panel, under Create a new layer and release. A new layer will be created, with the name Background Copy 2;

Drag the Background Copy to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliDrag the Background Copy to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Drag the Background Copy to where the arrow points Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 5. With the new copy layer selected, go to the top left corner of the screen, under Image, then Settings, and then click Invert.

Click "Invert" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliClick "Invert" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Click "Invert" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 6. In the layer menu, there is a box for Set the layer blending mode. The selected option is normal, click on it and change to Color underexposure. This leaves the photo white, with some parts left in black;

Add the Color Subexposure to the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro VoltarelliAdd the Color Subexposure to the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Add the Color Subexposure to the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 7. Now, it is necessary to blur the last layer added, using Photoshop's smart filters. However, first I need to make it a smart object. With the layer selected, click on the menu cone in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Then, select Convert to smart object;

To use smart filters, we need to transform the layer into a smart object Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliTo use smart filters, we need to transform the layer into a smart object Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

To use smart filters, we need to transform the layer into a smart object Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 8. After converted, the smart object will have a symbol in the lower right corner of the layer. That done, go to the top bar of Photoshop, click on Filter, Blur and Motion Blur;

The layer that becomes a smart object will have a symbol in the lower right corner Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliThe layer that becomes a smart object will have a symbol in the lower right corner Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

The layer that becomes a smart object will have a symbol in the lower right corner Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 9. The option will open a window to control the amount of effect present in the image. The further to the right the pixel distance, the greater the blur added, making the photo more like a drawing. Click "Ok" when you are satisfied with the result. If you want to modify the effect, just select it in the box, just below the smart object;

You can change the amount of blur in the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro VoltarelliYou can change the amount of blur in the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

You can change the amount of blur in the photo Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 10. It is still possible to make changes to light and contrast. To do this, click on "Create new fill or adjustment layer" at the bottom of the layers panel. This option will cause Photoshop to add an adjustment layer on top of the other layers;

The levels will help to make the image look more like a sketch. Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro VoltarelliThe levels will help to make the image look more like a sketch. Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

The levels will help to make the image look more like a sketch. Photo: Reproduction / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 11. To darken the image, I need to change the option Set the blending mode of the layer. The selected option is normal, click on it and change to Multiplication. The process automatically darkens the image. If the effect becomes too strong, you can change it to Opacity;

Select the "Multiplication" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliSelect the "Multiplication" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Select the "Multiplication" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 12. If you want to recolor the image, the original photo is still available in the layers panel. You will need to create a copy, as in step 2. Click on the new copy and drag it on top of all others. Thus, it will be the only visible layer;

Drag the "Background copy 3" layer to the top Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliDrag the "Background copy 3" layer to the top Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Drag the "Background copy 3" layer to the top Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Step 13. I just need to mix the color of the image with the outline, in the box Set the blending mode of the layer. The selected option is Normal, click on it and change it to Color. Once again, it is possible to modify the color intensity in Opacity. Finally, save the photo transformed into a drawing in Photoshop.

Finally, select the option "Color" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro VoltarelliFinally, select the option "Color" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

Finally, select the option "Color" Photo: Reproduo / Joo Pedro Voltarelli

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