Today, we are going to transform a photo to pastel drawing. Stay with us.
We need to slightly increase the space of the canvas from the left and right to create more space for work. Go to Image—> Canvas Size and apply the settings shown in the image below.
We want to increase the space of the canvas from above. So go back to Image—> Canvas Size and this time, take into account the following settings.
Step 2: Now go to Edit—> Define Brush to turn this texture into brush. Name it Temp_Brush.
Brush and in the Brush tab, enter the settings shown in the image below:
Step 1: Go to Layer—> New Fill Layer—> Solid Color to create a new colored layer. Name it Background color and apply the color #d9d9d9 as shown below.
Step 2: Select the Background layer from the Layers panel, and then press Ctrl + J simultaneously to create a copy of this layer. Drag this layer to the top of the Layers panel.
Step 3: Go to Filter—> Filter Gallery—> Sketch—> Photocopy. In the window that appears, set Detail to 2 and Darkness to 5.
Step 4: Set the Blending Mode (visible in the upper side of the Layers Panel) to Multiply and set Opacity to 50%. Name this layer as a Photo Outlines.
Step 5: Go to Layer—> Layer Mask—> Reveal All to add the mask to the layer.
New—> Layer to create a new layer. Name this layer as Base.
Step 2: Click on the eye icon next to the Photo Outlines and Background Color layers to hide both layers. Select a brush tool and choose a soft brush.
Drag it onto the area where the subject is located. No matter what color you use. It does not matter how carefully you do it!
After doing this, once again click on the eye icon next to the Photo Outlines and Background Color layers to remove both layers from the hidden mode.
Creating texture for the subject
We continue to How to transform a photo to pastel drawing article. Follow below Steps.
Step 1: Go to Layer—> New—> Layer to create a new layer. Name this layer ST_1.
Step 2: Set the Foreground color to #000000.
Select the brush tool and choose Pastel_Brush and place it around the red area with this brush.
Use different brush sizes and pull the brush around the brush area as shown below.
Step 3: Hide the ST_1 layer and select the Base layer from Layers panel.
Go to Layer—> New—> Layer to create a new layer. Name this new layer ST_2.
Step 4: Now set Foreground to #000000.
Select the brush tool from the toolbar. Choose Pastel_Brush.
Drag the brushes of different sizes to the entire red area and around it. But pull it down this time with less and more dispersed density.
Step 6: Select Base layer and right click on the screen. Then, Choose Load Selection and press OK. Now, select the Background layer and press Ctrl + J to create a copy of your selected area.
Drag this new layer by dragging it to the top of the Layers panel and place it as the highest layer.
Step 7: Select the ST_1 layer and then go to Layer—> Layer Mask—> Reveal All to add a layer mask.
Step 8: Hide the Photo Outlines layer.
Go to Image> Apply Image and enter the settings that you see in the image below.
Step 9: Press Ctrl + I at the same time to reverse the mask layer.
Go to Image—> Adjustments—> Levels and set the items like below:
Step 10: Make ST_1 and Photo Outlines layers visible.
Select the Layer 1 and press Ctrl + Shift + U simultaneously to get the black-white result.
Step 11: Go to Filter—> Filter Gallery> Artistic—> Film Grain and apply the settings shown in the image below.
Step 12: Go to Edit—> Fade Filter Gallery and set the following in the window that opens.
Step 13: Put the Blending Mode for this layer on Soft Light and Opacity to 70%. Name this layer as Subject Details.
Step 1: At this point, we decide to paint parts of the texture of the subject.
While pressing the Ctrl key, click on the small image of the Base layer in the Layers panel to put this layer in the selection mode. Right click on the screen and choose Load Selection. Press OK.
Then click on the Background layer and press Ctrl+J simultaneously to create a new layer from your chosen area.
Then drag this layer by dragging it to the top of the rest of the layers.
Step 2: Go to Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All to add a mask layer.
Step 3: Consider the Foreground layer as #ffffff.
Select the brush tool and choose Pastel_Brush.
With this brush, drag the brush to areas you want to color. Use it for different sizes.
Step 4: Set the Blending Mode for this layer to Color and Opacity by 60%.
Name the layer as Subject Color.
Step 1: Select the Subject Details layer.
Go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels to create the level adjustment layer.
Name this layer as Overall Brightness.
Step 2: Now, double click on the small photo of this layer in the Layers panel.
The Properties panel opens. In this window, enter the following settings:
Step 3: Adjust the opacity for this layer by 30%.
Step 4: Press the D key to reset the background colors and foreground.
Go to Layer—> New Adjustment Layer—> Gradient Map to create a new adjustment layer.
Name this layer as Textures Contrast.
Step 5: Press the Ctrl key and click on the small image of the Base layer.
Consider Foreground #000000
Go to Edit—> Fill and enter these settings.
Step 6: Press Ctrl+D simultaneously to remove the layer from the selection.
Set the Blending Mode for this layer on overlay and opacity to 58%.
Step 7: Right-click the Base layer and select Delete Layer.
Select the Subject Color layer and go to Layer—> New Adjustment Layer—> Curves to create a curve adjustment layer.
Name the layer as Color Look.
Step 8: Double-click on the small photo next to this layer in the Layers panel.
In the Properties panel, enter the settings shown in the image below:
Step 9: Go to Layer—> New Adjustment Layer—> Vibrance.
Name the new layer, Overall Vibrance/Saturation.
Step 10: Double-click on the small photo next to this layer.
In the Properties panel, enter the settings shown in the image below.
Step 11: Press Control+Alt+Shift+E to create a screenshot of the project.
Press the Control+Shift+U keys to make this screen shot black and white.
Go to Filter—> Other—> High Pass and place Radius on 2px.
Step 12: Put the Blending Mode on the Hard Light for this layer.
Name this layer as Overall Sharpening.
Finally, we see the result.
Great! You learned How to transform a photo to pastel drawing. Although, the tutorial was a bit long, it was sweet!