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Create a sketch effect in three steps

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 26, 2015

Use filters to create an awesome illustrated effect

final1. Stacked filters


Combine several filters at once by using a Smart Object. Here the Smart Blur and High Pass filters are used to help isolate edges for the Note Paper sketch filter to create the effect.

2. Blend modes


By changing the blending modes of the Smart objects, the background layers can show through. The dark areas were rendered with a Charcoal Sketch filter, then the overlay mode removed the grey background.

3. Adobe Paper Textures Pro


In the Window>Extensions menu there’s a fantastic paper texture generator. Effortlessly create the perfect background for your sketched artwork.