Sketching from a Photo

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Sketching from a Photo

By: Karen Bonaker

Watch and learn from Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker on how to use Tracing Paper to freehand sketch from your photo using your own colors, and then how to finish things off by applying a paper texture. You will learn about:

  • how to open your image and get started with the photo painting panel (Ctrl + 6 to open the panel)
  • how to use tracing paper and clone sources
  • how to apply a surface texture and adjust the settings
  • how to adjust the layer composite method

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Comments (4)

  • Alex Reply

    Good intro tutorial however when I try to draw/sketch over the tracing paper the lines appear to be underneath the tracing paper when i want to be able to ‘draw’ them ontop. Anyone have any tips on how to adjust this layering?

    April 13, 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Renata Reply


    I had the same question. This is a problem with this tutorial, and she should have narrated that step. However, I found that if I went to the brush selector and chose something other than a Photo Painting Brush, the checkbox became selectable.

    January 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm
    • Joi Reply

      Thank you for figuring that out! I was getting so frustrated trying to get that problem fixed and wasting so much time on it. Could have been finished with my basic homework assignment a long time ago.

      June 13, 2019 at 12:10 am
  • Beth Reply

    What did you click off screen to get the clone box to go from being grayed out to active where you could uncheck it? When I open my picture, I cannot choose any other brush than the clone brush and that clone option box is inactive

    February 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm

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