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Transform your Photo into a Masterpiece

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by enieloud

This tutorial will show you how to combine Gertrudis Pro and Photoshop to convert your photo into a handmade drawing.

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1. The Photograph: In order to achieve a nice picture is better to start from a great photography, this photo was taken by a professional Photographer: Emilio Guerrero

Little baby

2. Open your Image with Gertrudis Pro:

Gertrudis Pro 2.2
You can learn more about this software at:

3. Apply coarse strokes along the image: In this case I selected the style named "Watercolor-Large Size", and applied it along the whole image using the Autosketch Tool. Don’t Panic!, this is not the final result.

Step 2

4. Refine the size of the strokes: and apply the Autosketch Tool only in the areas where more details is needed.

Step 3

5. Refine even more the size of the strokes: and apply the Autosketch Tool in the eyes, mouth and fingers.

Step 4
Gertrudis Pro in Action

6. Copy the result to the Clipboard: Now we are going to switch to Photoshop, but before doing this, copy the resultant image to the clipboard. (Ctrl-C)

7. Now Switch to Photoshop: Create a new RGB image: File | New. You should notice that Photoshop suggest in the image size the same size of the contents of the clipboard. Once created the image, press Ctrl-V in order to paste the contents of the clipboard.

8. Create a Brightness and Contrast adjustment layer:

Use the following settings:
Brightness and Contrast

9. Create a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer: Before doing this, select the background. There is no need to make a very accurate selection, you can use for example the lasso tool, then enter in the quick mask mode (just press “Q”), and make a gaussian blur to the selection mask. Exit from the quick mask mode “Q”. Now you are ready to create the adjustment layer.

Hue and Saturation

The Layers Window should be seen like that:


Final image:

Final Result

Final image details:

Final Result - Details