Drawing from a Photograph in Photoshop or Elements

By Matthew Bamberg / Jun 17, 2013

Drawing from photo in Photoshop or Elements
After making a photograph look like a painting, the next best project for your art is to tweak it into a drawing. They’re a myriad ways that you can do this in Photoshop and Elements. The following procedure is only one way and a pretty good one at that:
Open an image
Make that image into a normal layer that is not locked. Layer>New>Layer from Background (you can also double click on the Background Layer in the Layers palette).
Now, duplicate the layer so you have a copy of the original in case if you’re tweaking gets out of hand.  Layer>Duplicate Layer…  Name the layer “Original”
Select the top-most layer in the Layers palette by clicking on it.
At the top of the Layers palette, click on the Blending mode. On the drop down menu bar click on Color Dodge.
Click on Image>Invert
Click on Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur
Change Radius to reflect detail in the Gaussian Blur dialog box. Choose any value you want according to how much blur you want. Click OK
In the Layers palette, click on Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer (the black and white circle) and then click on Hue/Saturation bringing the Saturation down to zero with slider that appears.
To darken, click on the New Fill or Adjustment Layer again, this time choosing levels.
Adjust the Levels as you see fit.
About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).