Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pencil Lines in Photoshop (CS4)

This tutorial will show you how to draw pencil lines from a scan of your own pencil shading.

Step 1: Evenly shade in a dark rectangle with your usual pencil and paper (a square inch or so), then scan it at 100%. In Photoshop, use the Rectangular Marquee to make a selection within your shaded rectangle. See below.

Step 2: Edit (from the top Menu bar) > Define Pattern, and give it a name (in the example it's "My Pencil").

Step 3: Now choose the Pattern Stamp tool (it's nested with the Clone Stamp) from the Tool Panel. You'll notice that the Menu/Tool Options at the top of the window shows a thumbnail of the current Pattern. Click on the thumbnail and choose the Pattern that you just created.

Above: The Pattern Stamp (it's nested underneath the Clone Stamp) and the thumbnail for the Pattern Library

Now draw in your Photoshop image window, and you're drawing with a scan of your pencil line.

Step 4 (optional): You might try adding a little Scattering from your Brush Panel (F5). Scattering roughs up the edge of the stroke a little bit, which mimics drawing on a slightly textured surface.

Step 5 (optional): You could also set your Brush mode in Menu/Tool options to "Multiply" so that your line gets darker with each stroke (like an actual pencil). See below:

You can also check out the "Artist Surfaces" library (hit the drop-down menu in the Pattern Library; top right hand corner). I've found that some of the options in the "Artists Surfaces" library are just as good as my own scanned samples.


Loreen Leedy said...

Cool way to do it, Dave! I've never used the Pattern stamp tool, looks like a good option.

Sally Springer said...

Very cool indeed! I can see using this a lot. Thanks, Dave!!

David Opie said...

I'm glad that you found this useful. I plan on creating another post about creating custom brushes in Photoshop. I'll let the PBAA list know when I do!

Vincent Desjardins said...

I normally do most of my painting in Painter because I'm not used to the brushes in Photoshop and I think I'm a little intimidated by them. I'm excited by this tip though and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!