Turn photos to sketches

Go a step further than basic filters to achieve an impressive sketch effect and learn effective editing skills on the way.

Using sketch filters is a good place to start when trying to re-create a hand-drawn look in portraits, but with a few extra layers and a little bit of time you can create a really vivid and professional result. The style reflects a thick sketch, emphasising the hand-drawn, rough nature of a graphite pencil — a realism that will leave your friends wondering if you did actually draw it!

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Re-create the Orton effect

This classic photography effect named after Michael Orton can be re-created in Photoshop using adjustments and filters

Photo editing apps like Instagram and Photoshop Express are flooding the market, and their use is becoming ever more commonplace among mobile device owners. They provide one-touch results on a small screen that are comparable to those of high-end software like Adobe’s CC and Elements, and there are a multitude of effects resurfacing that, in some instances, have been overlooked for other, newer and more innovative techniques.

In this tutorial, we are looking at the Orton effect – aka the Orton slide sandwich.

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Master quick cut-outs

Conquer quick selections with one of Photoshop’s most innovative tools.

Editing selections has been described as one of the original core functions of Photoshop, and over 20 years later this still holds true.

One of the primary purposes of the program is to enable the editing of specific regions of an image. So instead of applying adjustments or filters or effects to the entire image, only certain areas should be affected. Whether this area is a person, a background or a sky, you need to be able to communicate to the program which pixels you want changed, and which ones

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Can’t get far enough back to get all of a tall building in shot? Stitch together multiple shots to create a ‘tiled’ panorama


What you’ll need

Photoshop Elements

How long it’ll take

20 minutes

The skills you’ll learn

• How to create a panorama with the Photomerge command

• How to convert a colour image to black and white

• How to clone out unwanted areas and replace missing detail

If hen you’re photographing tall buildings, if you only have a standard lens and you’re close to your subject you’ll have trouble getting all of it into the frame

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Answers to Photoshop, Lightroom, and gear-related questions

How was Help Desk Live! at Photoshop World this April in Orlando?—Chris



As usual, it was outstanding! It’s always great to see the faces behind the email questions we receive. And, as always, some of our longtime NAPP members made it to yet another Photoshop World. (A big shout out to Vanelli!)

At this 27th Photoshop World, I answered some 400 questions about Photoshop from about 320 members, and Rob Sylvan handled l-don’t-know-how-many hundreds of Light-room questions. (As usual, Rob answered most of the Light-room

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The Ins and Outs of Auto-Align Layers

Auto-Align Layers is one of those Photoshop features that can be used for many different tasks. First, we’ll use Auto-Align Layers to odd something to an image. Then, we’ll use this versatile feature to remove an unwanted element.


How many times have you been with another person and you wanted to take a shot of the two of you in front of some point of interest? Usually, you get this long arm extending from the camera in the shot. But let’s say you want a nicely framed shot, showing the two of

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Fade out

Photoshop tools to the rescue.

This month we do a genuine fix—not a tweak or a fiddle. One of our reader sent us a scan of a badly faded photo of his father and wanted to know if it could be restored. We decided to see what could be done with tools readily available to readers.

In Adobe Photoshop CC, we made a duplicate layer using the Multiply blend mode, which added density to the image. We then duplicated that layer to pile on even more density. When we boosted the contrast with Curves, it turned the underlying yellow tinge

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Europa inside and out

Although Europa is an icy moon, evidence suggests that its composition is much like the rocky planets – an iron core surrounded by a silicate rock mantle.

The first evidence of a liquid ocean came from the Galileo spacecraft, which revealed that the moon has an induced magnetic field. In order for this to happen, there has to be a conductive layer under the surface and a salt water ocean is the most likely explanation. Although this part has been commonly accepted, there are two different possibilities for the ice layer: the thin ice model and the thick ice model.

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Create stunning watercolours

Use a combination of custom brushes, clever techniques and blend modes to achieve a realistic digital watercolour effect

Using watercolour in real media can be a creative expression of shape and colour. The water-based properties of the paint allow it to soak into the canvas and blend with other colours in a way that creates beautiful and vibrant paintings. Splattering the paint can produce particularly enjoyable and unexpected results.

Creating the same effects digitally can be somewhat challenging. The math-ruled world of computer processors prefers order over chaos. This makes the production of the barely controlled watercolour splash effects alien

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Compose textured portraits

Here we show you how to create a fun, colourful image using only two photos and a host of filters, blend modes and masks.

Starting with only a few photos, we can come up with a lively, textured piece of art by utilising Photoshop’s filters and tools.

Using a dandelion as a backdrop, we’ll first introduce a model photo and then go bonkers with a full-on filter barrage. The Texture filters will enable us to introduce roughness and depth without the need to import actual texture photos. Blend modes and layer masks will be our trusted partners throughout the process,

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