Transform a photo with hand-drawn effects in Photoshop

Make sure your images are striking, not blurred -- this Photoshop tutorial show a quick way to transform a photo.

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We’ve all witnessed the horrors of overenthusiastic use of Photoshop filters – it’s all too easy to mutilate an image beyond recognition and then add a layer of cheese if you get carried away.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of filters completely: when used with skill, imagination and a light touch they can be a quick, easy way to transform photos, and can have some creative, unexpected results. In this tutorial, you’ll learn a simple way to transform an ordinary photo into a cool, Bond-inspired illustration – in under 20 minutes.

We’ll use a stock photo that can be downloaded for a small cost and custom brushes to achieve an effect that is both straightforward and versatile.

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01. Download the image from http://tinyurl.com/72ogo7 (or use a similar image of your own), and place it into a new A3 Photoshop document. Delete the spy’s background so that we’re left with just the spy.

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