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  • Sketch from a Photo.

    I've search hundreds of tutorials for converting photos to sketch and they all seem to lack one thing. They don't create the shadows correctly.
    This is my method for producing a better look to the dark shadows.

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    Create your Black and White SKETCH

    1. Duplicate your Background image (Control/Command + J).
    2. De-saturate Layer-1 (Control/Command + Shift + U).
    3. Go up to the Select menu in the Menu Bar and choose Color Range.
    4. In the Color Range dialog box, Select: "Sampled Colors" and Uncheck "Localized Color Clusters".
    5. Using the Default Eye Dropper, click ONCE on the darkest area of the image.
    6. Adjust the Fuzziness Slider to show as much of the dark shadows as you wish - between 20 and 35 is usually OK.
    7. Click OK when you're happy with the selection.
    8. Copy the selection to a new Layer-2 (Control/Command + J).

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    9. Click on Layer-1 to make it active.
    10. Go up to the Filter Menu and select Stylize then click Find Edges.
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    All done!
    You should now see your sketch which includes realistic shadows.
    You can adjust the layers to suit, with sharpening, levels and curves etc.

    Have a play and feedback is always welcome.
    Thanks for looking.

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  • #2
    Interesting, thanks.
    It's the little things!

    Cheers, Greg C.