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Andy's Workshop > Project 1: Creating a Sketch from Scratch

Project 1: Creating a Sketch from Scratch

Skills and Tools: Multiple Layers, Gaussian Blur, and Blending Modes

Photoshop has a ton of filters. In fact, there are 105 filters located under the Filters menu. Filters perform a wealth of special-effects operations; everything from artistic, distort, and even sketch effects, and while filters are very creative, and fun to use, there is a limit to what they can do. For example, Photoshop has no less than 14 Sketch filters, and while they do creative things to an image they can't do everything. What if you want to create what looks like a sketch effect and none of the sketch filters do what you want? If you don't know how to do things from scratch, you're stuck with the limitations of the filters. The technique you are about to learn will not only let you create an awesome sketch effect, but will give you a better understanding of how blending modes work with multiple layers. There are a lot of steps to this process; however, the end result is more than worth the effort. In addition, if this process seems familiar, they are; many of the steps used in the sharpening workshop are similar to this effect, until you get to the end.

The Project

In this project you'll take a photograph and through the judicious use of multiple layers, and blending modes convert in into a beautiful colorized sketch. There are a lot of steps in this workshop, but the final results are more than worth the journey.


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