Sunday, November 1, 2009

Digital Photo Art

I'd like to share the results of  an easy technique  that you may like to incorporate into your visual journal, altered book, photo album, greeting cards, or collage project.  Digital Photo Art by Theresa Airey explains  how to convert a photo to a sketch, and then blend the black-and-white and color images using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  The basics are these:

Begin with a duplicate layer
Select Mode/Grayscale/Filter/Stylize/Find Edges
Go back to Mode and change to RGB Color instead of Grayscale
Use the Move Tool to drag the sketch onto the color file
In the Layers (Toolbar) under Normal you can access the blending modes

Grayscale and Find Edges:

Blending Mode Exclusion:

Blending Mode Luminosity:

Original Photo taken in St. Remy in the South of France:

There are many other modes to choose from other than Luminosity and Exclusion, so you may want to have fun playing and experimenting. These modes can also be used without first converting your photo to a sketch, but with very different results.


  1. Excellent tutorial - thanks so much for posting this.

  2. Thanks, Susie. If you try this technique, I'd love to see your results.