Today’s post describes how to build a simple crisp pencil sketch effect. The effect is painted in with 2 applications of a paint synthesizer vector paint preset that renders a smooth thin gray vector paint stroke. Rather than using the paint synthesizer’s auto-paint features, a set of bezier paths that represent the sketch strokes are first built with a series of Path menu commands and then painted in with the paint synthesizer.
The paint action sequence (PASeq) below was used to build the sketch effect shown above. Note that most of the PASeq is devoted to building a set of bezier paths that represent the paint strokes for the sketch. Those bezier paths are then painted in with 2 applications of a gray vector paint preset. The second paint pass is essentially the same paint preset with one parameter modification which gives it a thicker stroke width.