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Turn a part of photo into a drawing with Photoshop

In this cool and simple tutorial we will make only a part of the photo look like a cartoon or a drawing using Photoshop.

 
  Author: NikMan | Version: CS6 | 10th October 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a photo of an object you want to apply the drawing effect to.

 
 
2.
 

Press Ctrl + J, to duplicate the photo into a new layer.

 
 
3.
 

Choose the Quick Selection Tool (W for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
4.
 

Select the part of the photo.

I'm selecting the truck.

Click here, for the how to use the quick selection tool tutorial.

 
 
5.
 

Let's now add some blur to the selected part of the photo.

In the menu click Filter, Blur and choose Gaussian Blur...

In the new settings window set Radius to 3 pixels and click OK.

 
 
6.
 

Turn the selected part of the photo black and white.

In the menu click Image, Adjustments and choose Black and White...

In the new Black and White settings window play with the sliders a bit until you are satisfied with the outcome then click OK.

I chose to boost up the Yellows a bit as my truck colors are in that range.

 
 
7.
 

This is how it should look like by now.

 
 
8.
 

The selected part should remain selected.

Set Darken as a blending mode for the selected layer (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

Press Ctrl + J, to duplicate the selected part to the new layer.

 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Image and choose Invert, to inverse the colors.

 
 
11.
 

Set Color Dodge as a blending mode for the new layer (see picture).

 
 
12.
 

In the menu click Filter, Other and choose Minimum...

In the new settings window set Radius to 1 pixels and click OK.

 
 
13.
 

Choose the Background layer (see picture).

 
 
14.
 

Press Ctrl + J, to duplicate the layer and use your mouse to drag the new layer to the top of layers (see picture).

 
 
15.
 

Set Color as a blending mode for that layer (see picture).

 
 
16.
 

And that's it. Pretty cool looking cartoon effect for a few minutes job, don't you think?

 
 
 
   
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