Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Blend Modes

Lesson 9/9 - Pencil Sketch and Poster Techniques


Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Blend Modes


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Pencil Sketch and Poster Techniques

Colored pencil sketch technique what we have here is best to dio on portrait shot on a white background I will be quite honest with you you will get into big trouble doing this technique on images that are not shot on a white background okay it's not gonna work out quite as well that's what we're gonna do is delete all these layers that I made for you and we're going to start with the original image it is kind of key I had to get thank you. Ok, so we're going to start by duplicating the layer however I will let you get it done. We're going to activate the layered she's layer duplicate layer there we go now we're going to set the blend mode to divide ok, now we're going to run a small gaussian blur. Yes, we're gonna do a small gaussian blur. Okay, so try it to the filter menu choose blur, gaussian blur and we're going to blur it by a small amount. This is pretty isn't really pretty. You could even stop here if you want tio so we're gonna blur this. Oh, somewhere between ten and fifteen ...

pixels but I think that's a pretty effective ok, so maybe we're going to get about fifteen ok getting more of a pencil sketch look the higher the blur, the more of the images, original details we'll be there and we don't want too much of the details okay? Because we're trying to go for a colored pencil sketch effect so we're going to go about fifteen click ok now we can stamp are layers again if we're dealing with a slew of layers or turned into a smart off to this lot this time let's do smart object ok, so we'll try it to the filter menu convert for smart filters now we're going to go back it to the filter menu and we're going to choose poster edges and I believe that one lives in thie filter gallery zem out of my preview just a little bit here and it's either an artistic it is an artistic okay so click the little flippy trying on that's the artistic set and we're going to click poster edges that's not the right one that I want what do I want here I want crosshatch hey, I think my notes have gotten just a little bit next uh which you know add some excitement to what we're doing here okay? I'm gonna roll with it I'm gonna trust this I'm gonna absolutely trust it and just go with it okay? So we're going to dio poster edges all right this's bleeding edge different here we're going to drop all these values to about one k we're introducing uh edge thickness here ok, now we're going to click ok yeah, a little bit of a pencil sketch look going on here now what we're going to do is we're going tio change the blend mode of this blurry smart object with that going on here that we've run that filter on we're going to change its blend mode till linear burn and see what we get because we want to introduce a little bit of the darkening okay, so that affected not work at all at all ok, so we're gonna have another go at that. All right, people, I think what I did is I forgot to duplicate a layer so bear with me here one second oh, ok. Okay. All right. Duplicate the layer changes blend mode to divide ok, now we're going to run a small gaussian blur so filter blur gaussian blur somewhere between ten fifteen pixels I'll drop that'll bits if it makes any difference now we're going tio uh stamp the layers okay servant merging visible rather's what we're doing okay, so shift option command e shift all to control e on a pc this is going to work this time now we're going to run the poster edges filter on this layer right here. I believe now we're gonna try up we're going toe convert this into a smart object so filter convert for smart filters now filter filter gallery there we g o so you were getting somewhere now I just missed duplicating that layer one time too small small mistake, big ramifications alright, so now what we could do is change this blend mode of this layer tio linear burned that's just going dark in it just a little bit more and then what you could do he could drop the layer rapacity of this just a little bit to soften the effect and if there's anywhere you didn't want that colored pencil sketch to kind of show through like say, I've got some odd it looks like dirt down here on the chin you could just use the layer mass that comes along with it that running a filter on a smart object ok, so we'll switch to the brush tool set to paint with black and I could come in here and just hide the areas that I didn't like the effect of ok, so it's anything you don't do it all the time and then you forget some of the steps e so let's do this one more time on another image, so we'll throw all the layers away and this time we're going to use the crosshatch filter. Okay? All right, so here's our original image again works way better on a white background than anything else and we're going to do duplicate the original layer we're going to sit it to the blend mode of divide then we're going to run a gauss simpler filter so filter blur, gaussian blur and we're going to enter a value between ten and fifteen pixels I'll go ahead and leave this set to ten click ok now we're going to stand our layers into another new layer shift option command e shift all control e now we're going to turn that stamped layer into a smart option because we're going to run another filter on it so trot up to the filter menu choose convert for smart filters, trot back up to the filter menu choose the filter gallery I'm going to use those same tools at the bottom left of the filter gallery so we can see her whole image and see which culture we like better we did poster edges last time we can certainly start out with that. Another great tip about what I'm gonna do right now uh is that I'm going to show you how to run several filters within one little operation here, so we've got our poster edges done. What I'm going to do is click this little tiny little piece of paper at the very bottom right of the filter gallery window we're going to click it and that's going to give us another filter layer not really another layer per se but it's a layer within the constructs of this dialogue box, so we're going to give that a click and what happens is now I've got two poster edge layers right here. Well, I've got one of them active if I change that filter layer to something else, I'll be stacking at my filters so now they come over here to the breast stroke category and I could click crosshatch and now I have got two filters going on within one operation okay? So you could experiment with stroke length and sharpness value and strength of the filter the longer the stroke length, the fewer details that you're going to get in your pencil sketch so I like keeping it a rather low there are no magic numbers with this there's no magic math formula that I can give you for these settings right here simply going to be playing with him until you get something that you like. So now we're going to click ok to accept that and there we've got our pencil sketch let's zoom in so we can appreciate the details. This is a super big file um and I made it really big so you can appreciate all the details better going on here, so that is a super super fun effect and I'm going to try really hard to squeeze in another effect here for you rose fast I'm gonna pretend like the moderators aren't there my clock says three fifty five doesn't relieve it she's just lying now I want to show you these so badly, ok, I'll be super super, super super fast. Okay, duplicate the layer. All right said the blame, though, to divide and if you don't even try to write this stuff down this email me, all right? And I'll send you the steps I promise set the duplicate layer to divide. We're going to rent a gaussian blur filter. Okay? We're going to see how big our images forty three hundred pixels. We're going to bring up our calculator again, and we're gonna type in forty, three hundred times this time we want one twenty fifth of a percent, so we're going to multiply. Times point zero zero two five so we have a blur of let's call it eleven filter blur, gosse ambler eleven and now what we're going to do is duplicate that layer, and we're going to blurt again by choosing filter blur, and then we're going to set the blend mode of that layer tow linear burn due to to do, and we've got our poster. If it isn't that pretty, I think it's really pretty, and if you want to drop the capacity of that, you can a little bit for a little bit of a softer poster effect you could use multiply instead of linear burn.

Class Description

Master Adobe® Photoshop® Blend Modes! Lesa Snider is taking a Deep Dive into the various Blend Modes, and will show you everything you need to know about this versatile tool. Overlay, Darken, Color Burn... Lesa will show you the difference between each mode and which mode is most useful for your creative needs.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6