I used to draw with colored pencils a lot when I was a kid and now on digital. I love creating free-hand style designs even though sometimes they are not actually hand-drawn but put together by effects which helps speed up the working process.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a color pencil effect in Photoshop following five simple and quick steps.
Let’s dive in and see what you can make!
Create a Color Pencil Effect in Photoshop (5 Quick Steps)
Note: Screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Mac version. Windows or other versions might look slightly different.
Step 1: Open the black and white pencil line drawing image and unlock it in the Layers panel.
Click on the lock icon to unlock the background and turn it into a layer. I’m going to name it “B&W drawing”.
Tips: It’s always a good idea to name your layers to keep your work organized and avoid mistakes, especially when your design has a lot of layers.
Step 2: Create a new layer and drag it underneath the line drawing image. I’m going to name the new layer “color”.
Step 3: Choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G) from the toolbar and select the color that you would like the line drawing to be.
Step 4: Select the color layer (new layer you created) and click on the canvas to fill the color. For example, I added a purple color.
Step 5: Select the line drawing layer (B&W drawing) and change the blend mode to Screen from the drop-down menu.
Your original pencil line drawing should be colored.
Want to make it more colorful? Sure, all you have to do is add more color to the color layer underneath the B&W drawing.
For example, I added a blue brushstroke.
You can also add gradient colors to the color layer. Choose Gradient Overlay in the Layer Style window, and select a gradient you like.
Pretty cool, huh?
Also Read: How to Turn a Photo into Pencil Line Drawing
It’s easier than you think to create a color pencil effect in Photoshop, right? I told you, you don’t have to know how to sketch and still can make awesome hand drawing designs. But well, if you do know how to draw, that’ll be a plus.About hannah