In Memorium

Mary Newton/aka Lady Oz

Mary Newton

This tutorial has been written as a tribute to a great lady, Mary Newton/aka Lady Oz who passed away suddenly on July 26, 2003. During July of 2003, Mary wrote some excellent tutorials which incorporated Layer blend modes, several of the Art Media effects, texture effects and other PSP tools to create wonderful "Instant Art" out of photographs. Her work inspired me to play around with these features, and I came up with a few ideas of my own. I dedicate this tutorial to Mary for her talent, her curiosity, and her imagination.

Thanks for teaching us Mary. Thanks for inspiring us to explore.

If you would like to see some of Mary's "Instant Art" tutorials, they're located here and here.

Blue divider with butterfly

Pencil Drawing from a Photo

This is what we will be making.

Pelicans on a dock

The technique works best on photographs which contain a lot of detail. You will need 2 textures to complete this tutorial. They are Crisscross.bmp and Small Stones.bmp. You should already have them in your PSP 8 Textures folder, but just in case you don't, you may download them here.

For reference purposes, here is a copy of my original image, resized and optimized, Courtesy of Camp Ratty.

Pelicans on dock in color

1. Open up the image you're going to use, and go to Adjust>Hue and Saturation>Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Check the colorize box and set the Lightness to around 20.

Hue, Saturation, Lightness settings

2. Duplicate the image 3 times. Name the top layer Threshold. Name the next layer Charcoal, and name the third layer Color pencil. Leave the bottom layer as is. (see the screenshot for Step 3.)

3. Turn off the top 2 layers, and highlight the Color pencil layer. Go to Effects>Art Media Effects>Colored pencil, Set your detail to 100 and your opacity to 25. Now go to your layer palette and change the blend mode to Soft Light.

Layer palette-soft light


4. Highlight the Charcoal layer and make it visible. Go to Effects>Art Media Effects>Charcoal. Set your detail to 100 and your opacity to 24. Go to your layer palette and adjust the opacity of this layer down to 60.

5. On the threshold layer, go to Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Threshold. Adjust the numbers up or down until you can still recognize the image but it's kind of dark.

Threshold settings

6. Still on the Threshold layer, Go to your layer palette and change the blend mode to Screen, then adjust the opacity of this layer down to 60 (subject to change *S*).

7. Go to Effects>Art Media Effects>Brush Strokes. These are the settings I used.

Brush Stroke settings

At this stage you may want to set the Threshold layer opacity up or down, depending on your image. You want to be able to see the brush strokes, but they shouldn't dominate the image. This is what mine looks like at this point:

After brush strokes

Note: Play around with some of the blend modes and layer opacities before the next step. You may end up with an effect you like better.

8. Go to your Layer palette, right click on any layer and choose Merge>Merge Visible.

9. Go to Adjust>Brightness and contrast>Automatic Contrast Enhancement.

Automatic contrast

Note: If you will need to resize your image it should be done before the next step. If you do resize, go to Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen before proceeding.

10. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Texture and apply these settings.

Texture settings

Your image is done. You can stop now and add your own frame, or continue to make a simple, yet very effective frame for your "Pencil Drawing".

Don't forget to sign your "Masterpiece". wink.gif (1K)



F1. Right click on your layer palette and choose Merge>Merge All (Flatten).

F2. Go to Image>Add Borders and add a symmetric 15 pixel White border.

F3. Click on the border with your Magic Wand, go to Selections>Invert, then go to Effects>3D Effects>Cutout. These are the settings I used:

Cutout settings

F4. Create a new layer and go to Effects>3D Effects>Cutout, but change the Horizontal and Vertical to 2.

F5. Activate the bottom layer, then Invert the Selection, and go to Effects>Texture Effects>Texture and apply these settings:

Mat texture


F6. Merge>Merge All (Flatten). Go to Image>Add Borders and add a symmetric 8 pixel border in Black.

F7. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 above.

All done!

Click here to see another example and the results from my testers.

Butterfly divider

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on August 1, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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