Creating a pencil sketch from a photo with Corel® Painter IX.5
By Tanya Lux - Corel Product Specialist
Corel® Painter IX.5 provides many features that can help you transform a photo into a pencil sketch. The first step is to choose an appropriate color photo to convert to black-and-white.
From the File menu, choose Open. In the Select Image (Windows®) or Open (Mac OS®) dialog box, locate the photo that you want to use, and click Open. On the Underpainting palette, choose Black and White from the Style pop-up menu, and click Apply.
Next, we'll capture a paper grain. From the Select menu, choose All. With Basic Paper selected on the Papers palette, click the palette menu arrow, and choose Capture Paper. If you cannot see the Papers palette, choose Window menu > Library Palettes > Show Papers.
In the Save Paper dialog box, type a name for your paper grain, set the Crossfade slider to 0, and click OK.
Next, we'll create a clone of the photo and set up the brush for sketching. On the Underpainting palette, click Quick Clone. From the Brush Selector bar, choose Chalk from the Brush Category selector, and then choose Square Chalk 35 from the Brush Variant selector.
On the property bar, adjust the following brush settings:
- Size - 10
- Opacity - 10%
- Grain - 12%
- Resat - 18%
- Bleed - 0%
- Jitter - 0
We all have a different touch on the tablet, so feel free to fine-tune the settings to suit your personal style. You can use the Edit menu > Preferences > Brush Tracking (Windows) or Corel Painter IX.5 menu > Preferences > Brush Tracking (Mac OS) options to adjust the pressure sensitivity. You may also want to adjust the brush size to suit the source photo that you are using.
Next, we'll create a new layer and choose a color for the paper. On the Layers palette, click the New Layer button, and select the Canvas layer. On the Colors palette, choose a color for the paper.
From the Canvas menu, choose Set Paper Color. From the Select menu, choose All, and then click Backspace (Windows) or Delete (Mac OS). Your new paper color should now be active on the Canvas layer.
On the Layers palette, select Layer 1, right-click, and choose Layer Attributes from the pop-up menu. In the Layer Attributes dialog box, type "sketch" in the Name box, and click OK. In the upper-right corner of the document window, press the Toggle Tracing Paper button.
Alternatively, you could use the shortcut keys: Command + T (Mac OS) or Ctrl + T (Windows).
On the Colors palette, choose a dark gray color and start to lightly brush the canvas.
At this point, it may be necessary to use a pencil to hand sketch some features of the original photo. This will help make your sketch more realistic. From the Brush Selector bar, choose Pencils from the Brush Category selector, and then choose Thick and Thin Pencil from the Brush Variant selector. Brush over the areas to which you want to add detail.
Finally, we'll soften the result of the sketch. From the Brush Selector bar, choose Blenders from the Brush Category selector, and then choose Smudge from the Brush Variant selector. Continue to work over the sketch until you are satisfied with the result.
Your final sketch should look something like the one shown below.