Turn a Photo Into an Architect’s Blueprint Drawing in Photoshop

Welcome to Blue Lightning TV with Marty, where you’ll learn how to transform a photo of any structure into an architect’s blueprint drawing using Photoshop. In this tutorial, Marty will guide you through a series of steps to achieve this effect, starting with a standard photo and ending with a professional-looking blueprint. This video is perfect for anyone looking to add a creative twist to their architectural images or simply explore new techniques in Photoshop.

Marty begins by demonstrating how to prepare your photo, including making a copy of the background layer and applying the “Find Edges” filter to outline the structure. By desaturating the image and adjusting the levels, he ensures the photo has the right contrast for the blueprint effect. Marty also introduces a paper texture from CGTextures.com to add a realistic blueprint background, and explains how to integrate this texture seamlessly into your project.

The tutorial continues with detailed instructions on how to refine your blueprint, including adding and customizing layers, applying soft light blending modes, and creating a clipping mask for precise adjustments. Marty shows how to create a border using the rectangular marquee tool and roughen it up with distressed brushes from Brusheezy.com. Finally, he demonstrates how to add and position text using the Wolcarth Bold font, completing the blueprint look. By the end of this video, you’ll be equipped with the skills to transform any photo into a stunning architectural blueprint.