Tips and tricks for creating better pencil sketches.
Try these additional techniques to add more depth and texture to sketch conversions.
Add in some flourishes.
One way to make a sketch drawing look more natural is to add in some linework or doodles yourself. Use any of the drawing tools available in Photoshop to draw additional lines and rough up the drawing a bit. The more you do this, the more natural the artwork will look.
Add in colours.
You can adjust the blending mode of the layers in your drawing to add in or highlight a specific colour. Try adding an adjustment layer with a specific colour or changing the blend mode to Colour instead of Normal and see how the drawing changes to look more like a coloured-pencil sketch. Adjusting these elements can emulate a drawing with a blue pen, for example. See if you can create the look of an oil painting or watercolour instead.
Don’t fear mistakes.
Part of the joy of design is experimentation. Most of the tools used and described here are non-destructive, meaning they don’t change the actual data of the tiny picture elements (pixels) of your image. On top of that, you always have the Undo button to remove any changes you dislike. Start experimenting with Photoshop today with tutorials and guides and you’ll be creating interesting sketches in no time.
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