Photoshop

How to Turn a Picture into a Drawing in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to turn a picture into a drawing in a few simple and easy steps.

photo into drawing picture

You’ll need:

Step 1

Open the picture.

 photo into drawing woman

Now, crop the picture as shown below. Then, using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, cut out the lady’s silhouette.

 photo into drawing polygonal lasso tool

Step 2

Choose some suitable colors like orange (#69360e) and black (#6d0000). Now, create a new layer below the current layer and select Filter > Render > Clouds.

 photo into drawing black orange clouds

Now, go back to the layer with the picture of the woman. Select the Eraser Tool and using a soft round brush with a small diameter, erase some parts of her hair to make the border between the background and the lady softer.

 photo into drawing eraser tool

Let’s reduce the red hue now. Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the current layer, go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and use the settings shown below.

 photo into drawing color balance

 photo into drawing color balance result

We’ll now reduce the blue color on the photo by using the Eraser Tool.

 photo into drawing reduce blue color

 photo into drawing reduce blue color result

Step 3

Merge all layers except for the background layer. Now, duplicate the background layer and place it above all the other layers.

 photo into drawing duplicate

Flip this layer by selecting Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical.

 photo into drawing flip

Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to lower the saturation of this layer.

 photo into drawing desaturate

Select the Eraser Tool and using a soft round brush, erase parts of the background as shown below.

 photo into drawing erase background

Change the layer blending mode of the current layer to Hard Light.

 photo into drawing hard light

Step 4

Create a new layer and using a soft round brush of 20-30% opacity, make a few strokes with white and black to increase the contrast between the light and dark areas.

 photo into drawing brush

Now, change the layer blending mode of the current layer to Overlay.

 photo into drawing brush overlay

Duplicate this layer and change the new layer’s blending mode to Soft Light and keep its opacity at 30%.

 photo into drawing soft light

Step 5

Create a new layer, press D to set default colors and select Filter > Render > Clouds.

 photo into drawing clouds

Let’s add some noise by going to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

 photo into drawing noise

 photo into drawing noise result

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and apply a blur with the following settings.

 photo into drawing motion blur

 photo into drawing motion blur result

Now, go to Filter > Blur > Smart Blur and use the values shown below.

 photo into drawing smart blur

photo into drawing smart blur result

To remove the sharp edges, go to Edit > Transform > Scale and increase the size of the canvas.

 photo into drawing scale

Change the layer blending mode of the current layer to Overlay.

 photo into drawing overlay

Step 6

We’ll now reduce the strong contrast by creating an adjustment layer. Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and use the values shown below.

 photo into drawing hue/saturation

 photo into drawing hue/saturation result

Now, create a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer and use the settings shown below.

 photo into drawing channel mixe

 photo into drawing channel mixer result

Finally, create an Exposure Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure and use the settings shown below.

 photo into drawing exposure

And we’re done!

 photo into drawing picture

About the author

Tabish Shaikh

Website designer, website developer, blogger and a writer. These are the things I like, love and live for. Having years of experience in each field. Developing sites since childhood. Getting the most complicated things done is my specialty. Providing each and everything of top most quality to each and every client.

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