Sunday, 7 March 2010

Blueprint effect in Photoshop CS4

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a blueprint effect in Photoshop. Back in the old days blueprints were used by engineers and architects as a way of showing a detailed plan or drawing of a building or design. Blueprints are now less common because of the advances of technology and software programs.

Blueprint effect in Photoshop CS4

Step 1

Open an image in Photoshop. I have used a free stock image of a building which can be downloaded from For this blueprint effect its best to use an image of a design such as buildings or vehicles.

Duplicate the background layer by selecting Ctrl + J on the keyboard.

Step 2

On the menu bar select Filter > Stylize > Find edges. This will remove most of the colour from the image and leave the edges defined.

Step 3

To further remove colour from the image, go to the menu bar and select Layer > New Adjustment Layer. If you see a message about create a new layer, click ok.

Step 4

We now need to add the blue colour to the image. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Colour and click ok. Choose a blue colour of your choice, I have gone for # 4880e8 colour, but you can use whatever colour you like.

Step 5

You probably cannot be your original image, so you need to change the blending mode. I have changed my blend mode to Multiply, but you can experiment with the various different modes.

You should now have a blueprint effect in Photoshop CS4.

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