Post by Sepiana on Jun 10, 2016 19:12:37 GMT
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I created an action (.atn file) to transform an image into a black-and-white sketch. Feel free to download it and give it a try. I tested this action in PSE 7, 10, and 11 through 2020. It worked just fine. I believe the same will hold true for PSE 8 and 9.
If you have PSE 11 and above, load the .atn file via either the Actions panel or the Effects panel.
If you have PSE 7 through 10, you need to install this action so that it can be accessed via the Action Player (Guided Edit>Automated Actions>Action Player).
Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\x.x\Locale\en_us (or your locale)\Workflow Panels\actions
Mac: Hard Drive>Library>Application Support>Adobe>Photoshop Elements>x.x>Locale>en_us (or your locale)>Workflow Panels>actions
The results will vary depending on the nature and size of your image. I tested different sizes (in pixel dimensions). The best results were obtained when using images of about 1500 px and above on the shortest side.
When I created this action, I made provision for you to bring some color back to your sketch if you wish to do so. Once you have finished running this action, the layer stack should display two layers -- the B&W Sketch layer and the original background layer. Just reduce the opacity of the B&W Sketch layer to let some of the original color come through. You can also do some selective colorization by adding a layer mask to the B&W Sketch layer and with a soft brush (color - Black) painting over the area(s) where you want to hide the B&W effect to allow the original colors to come through.
Sepianas BW Sketch.zip (986 B)