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Quick photo to lineart (with hundreds of variables)

Jan 9th 2007
This tutorial will show you how to turn a photo into a lineart image, and as stated in the title leave you free to apply filters to get an array of final products.
I'll start with a photo of my 15 year old aspiring musician. You can use litertally ANY photo with this method with great results.
After opening your photo go to the Layers pallet and drag the "background" layer to the new layer icon. This gives you a copy of the layer named "Background Copy"
Now change the layer to black and white by either going Image > Adjustments > Desaturate or the keyboard shortcut CTR+SHIFT+U.
Now in the layers pallet drag the "Background Copy" layer to the new layer icon to duplicate it. This will give you a layer named "Background Copy 2".
Invert that layer by going Image > Adjustments > Invert or the keyboard shortcut CTR+I.
Next, in the layers pallet change "Background Copy 2" blend mode to "Color Dodge". This will basically wash the image completly, but its ok, that is what should happen.
Ok, now the good stuff. With "Background Copy 2" still selected in the layers pallet go to the filters menu and select Filters > Other > Minimum. at the bottom of the Minimum filter pallet Choose a setting you like (usually 1,2 or 3) and click OK.
At the bottom of the Minimum filter pallet Choose a setting you like (usually 1,2 or 3) and click OK.
There you have the base effect but as I said you can go in several directions with this. You can add pretty much any filter to this to change the look of the image.
By setting "Background Copy" to invisible (click the eyeball in the layers pallet) You can make a pretty cool Cartoony effect with vivid color. If you "merge down" the "background Copy 2" layer and then change its blend mode to "Luminosity" you get a very nice color lineart effect. There are just so many variable to this technique I could spend hours trying them all. Tinker around and you may find some very cool variants to this simple technique.