This is turning into something that you might not use all the time, but it does make for an interesting way of processing a picture if you have a couple of minutes to spend converting something over to what it was not originally. This is one of the pictures I crossed over to a line drawing today using a couple of video tutorials over on YouTube. The best one is right here and if this is something you want to do, then this is the kind of effect you are going to get.
If you want to muck about with beyond what the video says, you can go into the Image -> adjustments -> and then manually tinker with contrast, brightness, and even add some interesting pastel colors to this as you work through the process. The one below this was semi-colorized because I decided not to desaturate this puppy before I went and followed the directions.
The real trick seems to be working with the black and white, with a about 20% Gaussian blur, then making everything in the layers into one picture. It is a neat handy trick if you ever want to turn a picture into a black and white line drawing. It is a fun technique to work with and you can do some variations along the way.
Here is the regular version using the steps in the video link that we posted above. This is one where I changed the Contrast and Brightness down a bit.
Here is another version were I didn’t desaturate the colors first, just started converting over and then added an edge glow to it on the final processing pass. Either way you can end up with some pretty interesting things to look at when you are doing this.
The video from Blue Lighting TV is the best one we found so far, as we find more cool easy to do and verifiable videos we will share them. This is not a recommendation, there are other videos out there, but if you are pressed for time, like I am, then finding accurate and easy to follow videos to practice are pretty important. There are many videos on YouTube, not all are verifiable, or the conversation in the video just goes downhill really fast.
Model Kat Chaos (Line drawing version)
Model Rylin (Color version)
Photographer Dan Morrill