Photoshop – Create A Stencil Sketch Effect

photo pencil sketch effect

There are many great looking stickers that you can use for your Photoshop projects, but how about a unique and fun look with the Photoshop pencil sketch effect? This effect uses the erase tool to create a 3D look with the color and texture of a brush. If you have a solid color background, it gives the illusion of light or dark areas. If you add an object to the scene, like a flower, it will really make it come alive and look much more natural.

To create this effect, select the Pencil Tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen. You need to place it where it says ‘area’ and click on it. Next, choose the ‘Freeze’ option from the usual edit menu. The white arrow near the top of the screen will guide you to where to erase. When you are done, your new piece of artwork will appear as a border or selection area. Now, you can do whatever you want with that new area…it’s perfect!

An Overview

a person sketching

To change the color, click on the color palette, or hue, next to the color you are currently working with in the main layer. Then choose a light or dark color to replace the current one. This works best with very bright, sunny colors because they are most vivid.

To give your Photoshop effect some depth, draw a straight line to your selected area and place a copy of the selected image below it. Using a darker color (from your pallet) to draw on is a great way to create a more 3D effect. Using a lighter color (from your pallet) to shade in any areas is a good way to soften the effect. Remember that you can use either the ‘Freeze’ button at the top of the palette or a hot color – like orange – to brighten up the effect.

Creating Stencil Sketch Effect

engineering drawing

For a more realistic effect, using the ‘airbrush’ function on your Photoshop stroke tool is a great way to make your color appear more photorealistic. The ‘airbrush’ feature allows you to select a color from an image, or pattern, and then paint over it with your pencils. Since you can control the stroke thickness and size with the airbrush tool, you can create a wide range of effects. You can even use two different colors in one stroke for a different texture effect!

To apply the color to your image, simply select your color from the paint bucket/palette, then click on the ‘pencil’ icon that’s next to your ‘brush’ icon. Click once again on the color you want to add to your image. Finally, click on the’Colors’ tab on your toolbar to see a list of all of the colors you can use. If you need to change your existing colors, simply click on the ‘recolor’ button that’s next to the color you’ve chosen.

To create the effect, open up your Photoshop document and begin by creating a new ‘stage’. Select the first stage, called a ‘staging area’, and begin placing your items in this area. After you’ve placed your objects, drag their left insides until you have a layout like the one below. Notice that our object has three ‘layers’? These are the base color layer, which is what we’re working on; the background layer, which we’ll paint over once the object is complete; and the foreground layer, which we’ll fill in with our chosen color.

In The End

Now that you have your background and foreground layers finished, click on the Colors’ tab. Pick the color you want to use as your stencil, and click on the stroke’ button. Photoshop will tell you where to start each stroke, so keep clicking in the right places. When you’re happy with the result, save your file and repeat the process for each stage of your design until you’re happy with the final product.

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