PaintShop Line Art

Don't you just love a wonderful drawing - some fabulous line art?

To my great dismay and frustration - I am a terrible artist!  Barely passable stick men is about all  I can do - but sometimes I want a line drawing.  This is where Paint Shop Pro comes to the rescue ...

Did you know you can use PaintShop to create dramatic drawings from a Photograph?   

Now before we get too far into to creating PaintShop drawings you need to know that there are Scripts built into the program that will do something very similar.  (Scripts are a pre-recorded sets of techniques that you run on an image and there are lots of them - File > Script).

Now that you know about the scripts let's look at a different way to create the same thing.  I checked out the scripts and compared them to this method and frankly - I prefer the results this method produces.

No ... I'm not being a homer ... the end result of this procedure just looks better to me - and - isn't it better to create you own line art rather than have an automated procedure (that everyone uses) do the work for you?.

After all we hear that the journey is often more enjoyable than the end product and in this conversion that's true - the journey is great!

This is a nice and short 3 step procedure producing fabulous results that will amaze your family and friends ...

Step 1
PaintShop Line Art

  Let's do this one ... 

Open your image and duplicate the Background layer (Layer > Duplicate)

Turn the duplicated layer into black and white with either the Channel Mixer or Paint Shop Pros black and white conversion (Effects > Photo Effects > Black & White).

Avoid using the Greyscale adjustment because it turns both the duplicated layer and the background layer into black and white and we want the original color for use later (a mystery is unfolding). 

Step 2 - Negative Image

Now duplicate the black & white layer (Layer > Duplicate).

Turn the duplicated black & white layer into a negative image (Image > Negative Image). 

Change the Blend Mode of the negative image to Dodge.  When you do this your picture will seemingly disappear completely - don't panic though. We will get it all back. 

Gaussian Blur

This is where we get our line art.  We are going to blur the top layer using Gaussian Blur (Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur).  Mess about with the adjustment until you get the effect you want. 

Additional Options

This step is optional and will introduce a bit of color back into your line drawing.  All you need to do is change the Blend Mode to Luminance and some of the original color pops back in - neat, huh?  

You can also mess about with some of the Effects to see what you come up with.

That's all there is to creating your very own line art with Paint Shop Pro. It's fun and it's effective. 


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