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Turn a Photo into a Painterly Sketch

By Dave Cross  ·  February 1st, 2010

Dave shows you a neat effect for making an arty sketch out of a photo.

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13 Replies to Turn a Photo into a Painterly Sketch:

  1. Sylvie Demers

    April 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    All you have to do is to download the movie that way you have the option to stop the movie to be able to follow the steps.

    Hope this help!!!!


  2. Jane

    May 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I watched this video several times, taking notes for the step by step.

    ran into trouble after the Choose Color≫Add Texture≫Filter.

    got a pop up warning: “could not complete the grain command because no pixels were chosen”.

    no where in the video was a step to “choose pixels”.

    I went to “HELP” and could not find a resolution to “choosing pixels.

    can you help?

    other than that, the video was very informative. now just to implement it!


    • Elements Techniques CS

      May 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

      That error message usually means that you have a layer selected that has nothing on it.

    • Kimberly

      May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Jane, make sure you have filled that new layer with the color you chose, and then go to FILTER > TEXTURE.


    • Elaine

      August 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Please help. The first time I did this it worked. Now I am trying to do it again and when I erase the image it is off to the side. When I tried it again I got two images off to the side. Helppppp

  3. Elise

    May 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I really enjoyed this video and had a good time using a photo that I took of a vase of peonies and roses that my children gave me for Mothers Day. I was going to make a Thank You card for them but I could not resize the finished picture. I could only print a portion of it. Do I have to set a size on the photo before I start following the video??

    Regardless, thank you for the video as I did have fun and thought it easy to follow.

  4. Marilyn

    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I am doubting my sanity. I’ve done everything right [obviously not] and when I start to brush in my sketch of my grandaughter……………….I end up with four grandaughters, or two, or six.

    Where’s the glitch? What am I doing wrong?

    Help! Marilyn Jurkops

  5. gloria

    July 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

    i enjoyed the video, but wish there was a cheat sheet.It’s much easier to follow along with, if you have a hearing problem, and they speak fast

  6. gloria

    July 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    thank you for the reply, didn’t expect one, you are doing a great

  7. Robert

    August 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Great tut! It’s one of the main reasons I subscribed today. Although my image is not at all perfect, I’m very happy with the results. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find more tuts like this which will allow me to learn by doing.

  8. Harry B

    February 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Great application of the tools! Will definitly give it a try.

  9. Carol

    August 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Loved this effect!!!

  10. Matthew

    October 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I find that in many of the tutorials that the image is one from what looks like a studio photo (just the image on a blank background). It doesn’t seem to apply to real world photo’s that I take…I don’t have a studio to take pictures in. What would someone have to do, if possible, to get these effects from a photo that has a real world background, ie. trees, buildings, or other people? It sure would make using these tutorials much easier. Thanks, I really love all the information gained from these tutorial. I use them quite often.

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