How to Turn a Photo Into a Sketch in Photoshop Cs3

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How to Turn a Photo Into a Sketch in Photoshop Cs3
With Photoshop CS3, you can easily convert a photo to a sketch. (courtisane 1 image by Nathalie P from

If you have a favourite photo you would like to transform into a sketch and have Photoshop CS3 installed on your computer, you can create an outline of the photo with a few mouse clicks. After you create the sketch, you can recolor it, add gradients to create a cool effect, or even print it out and give it to a child for him to colour.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop CS3. Click the "File/Open" option on the menu bar, then browse to the folder that contains the photo you want to convert into a sketch. Highlight the photo file and click the "Open" button.

  2. 2

    Press the "Ctrl" and "J" keys at the same time to create a duplicate layer for the photograph. Photoshop will create a duplicate layer and list it underneath the original in the "Layers" console. Photoshop names the duplicate layer "Layer 1."

  3. 3

    Click and highlight "Layer 1" in the Layers console, then press the "Shift, Ctrl and U" keys simultaneously. Photoshop "desaturates" the layer and removes the colours in the photo.

  4. 4

    Create a duplicate layer of the desaturated "Layer 1." Again, press the "Ctrl" and "J" keys at the same time. Photoshop creates a new layer named "Layer 1 copy."

  5. 5

    Click and highlight "Layer 1 copy" in the Layers console, then press the "Ctrl" and "I" keys at the same time. Photoshop inverts the layer image so that the image is black with white outlines.

  6. 6

    Highlight the "Layer 1 copy," then click the "Layers" tab. Scroll down to the "Color Dodge" option and click it. The image layer will turn white temporarily.

  7. 7

    Click the "Filter" option on the file menu, then scroll down to and click the "Blur/Gaussian Blur" effect link on the filter list. After the "Gaussian Blur" window appears, drag the "Radius" slider to the left until the setting is about 1.0 to 3.0 in the "Radius pixels" box.

  8. 8

    Preview the layer in the window above the slider to determine the most appropriate slider number setting. Click the "OK" button.

  9. 9

    Click the "File/Save As" option on the menu bar. Choose a photo format to save the new sketch file, enter a descriptive file name, and then click the "Save" button.

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