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Video:Create a Color Sketch From a Photo in Photoshop Elements

with Don Schechter

Are you trying out cool effects in Photoshop Elements? Try creating a color sketch from a photo with these easy steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Create a Color Sketch From a Photo in Photoshop Elements

Hi! I'm Don Schecter for About.com Computing. Today I'm going to show you how to create a color sketch from a photo in Photoshop Elements.

Create a New Photo Layer

First, open Photoshop Elements, and open the photo you want to add this effect to. In the layers palette, drag the background layer (your photo) to the new layer icon to duplicate it. Name the new layer 'gray.' Go to 'enhance, adjust color,' and choose remove color. Now duplicate the gray layer and rename it 'smart blur.'

Adjust the Photo

Go to 'filter, blur, smart blur' and adjust the radius, threshold, and quality to suit your photo. The mode should be on 'edge only.' This should apply some outlines to your image.

Now I'll invert the layer by pressing 'control i.' Go to 'filter, blur, Gaussian blur' and use a radius of 1. Click 'ok.'

Create an Emboss Layer

Duplicate the gray layer and rename it 'emboss.' Move it to the top of the layers palette. Go to 'filter, stylize,' and choose 'emboss'. Adjust the angle, height, and amount to suit your photo. I'll use these settings.

In the layers palette, make sure the emboss layer is selected and under the drop down menu change the emboss blend mode to hard light.

Adjust the Photo's Glowing Edges

Duplicate the gray layer again and name it 'glowing edges.' Move it to the top of the layers palette. Go to 'filter, stylize,' and click on 'glowing edges.' You can change the width, edge brightness and smoothness to suit your photo. I'll use these settings. Now invert the glowing edges layer with a keyboard shortcut control l. Set the blending mode at the top of the layer palette to multiply, and change the opacity to 50.

Adjust the Glowing Edges Blur

Duplicate the glowing edges layer and rename it to 'glowing edges blur.' Make sure it is at the top of the layers palette. Go to 'filter, blur, Gaussian blur,' and use a radius of 3. Now set the blending mode to multiply and the make sure the opacity is set to100.

Now duplicate the background layer and name it 'color hard light.' Move it to the top of the layers palette. Set the blending mode in the drop down menu to hard light.

Adjust the Photo's Color

Duplicate the background layer again and name it 'color.' Move it to the top of the layers palette. Set the blending mode to 'color'. Now click on the eye icon next to the gray and background layers to hide them.

To further adjust your image, you can change the opacity or levels of any of the layers.

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