At the ‘Demonstration Station’ at the PMC
Conference in 2006, I showed a way of making an image into a line
drawing using Adobe Photoshop. There are many ways to do this in Photoshop,
using filters etc. This particular technique is different because
it gives me the control I want over the detail in various parts of
This technique was given to me by Janee, 4 days
before the conference, and she graciously gave me permission to make
a tutorial for the conference. In this tutorial I am giving a brief
guide on how to achieve the results you want. Basic knowledge of Photoshop
would be required.
I suggest you go to: www.myJanee.com
to learn these basic techniques.
When I first started learning Photoshop, Janee’s free, and user
friendly tutorials, helped me enormously.
Open the image you'd like
to turn into a drawing, look for good detail.
Optimize it by using Levels, Sharpening, Contrast etc.
Lock the layer, so the original image can't be ruined accidentally.
Make a copy of this image by dragging it to the
new layer icon in the layers palette, this will be your working
Create a 'Threshold Adjustment Layer' in the layers
Click on the 'Fill/Adjustment layer' Icon
at the bottom of the layer palette and select 'Threshold' from
the pop-up palette.
This is Maceo!
He is my God daughter’s first born and I decided to make
a key ring for Stacey and her Mum.
photos are the hardest thing make into a drawing! Keep the lines
as thin as you can. When they get too heavy the result is very
When making a plate for a face you have to flip
it to mirror image,otherwise it will not 'read right' in the
You do the same when you use text.
This is a brooch I wear when I'm teaching.
…and a few more examples. to show you some of the things
you can do.
A texture plate I made for a series of jewellery I'm working
on, involving Rivers & Mangroves.
Click on the image to see the steps involved in optimising