Make a Photo into a Line Drawing

If you want to make a photo into a line drawing here’s an easy and effective way to do it.  (Just hold on…  why would ANYONE want to do that?  Lots of reasons, like making a colouring page for children, or creating artwork for a website…)

Here’s how I do it:-

Start with a photograph.  Here’s a photo of St Patrick’s Church in Coleraine.

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Open your photo in Photoshop. Make sure it is properly exposed using the levels adjustment.

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When the levels are satisfactory duplicate the layer. (Cmd/J Or Ctr/J). Select the top layer and desaturate it. (Cmd/U Or Ctr/U). Correct the levels again if needed.

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Duplicate the new layer, so you now have two desaturated layers and a colour background. With the top layer selected, invert the image (Cmd/I Or Ctr/I).

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From the layers drop down menu select ‘Colour Dodge’  – this should leave the top layer white. From the filter menu select Blur/Gaussian Blur. In the dialogue box set the radius to 3 pixels.

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Finally, darken (or lighten) the pencil lines using the Dodge and Burn tools. Dodge makes the lighter and burn makes them darker.

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Have a go!

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