I want to make normal looking pictures look like they were inked on paper, so give them a 'rough' inked look. Is it possible to achieve this effect in photoshop?

This the effect I want to achieve: enter image description here

I hope someone can help me!

  • What kind of "normal looking picture" do you start with? Do you have reason to believe these examples were also such a "normal" picture?
    – Jongware
    Dec 14, 2018 at 16:04

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There are several ways to get this effect, this can be a very simple one.


Make a Layer Via Copy of the original image and go to Menu Adjustments > Desaturate


Paper and Ink

Make two Solid Color Layers with the paper color and the ink color. Apply a textured mask.

Solid color layers

This is a texture mask example made with Noise, Wind and Blur filters:

Textured mask


Put the Desaturated image layer between the paper and the ink layers. Set a different blend mode: Hard Light in this example.

Mask the background.

Group the Ink Layer with the desaturated image and change the blend mode to Overlay.


Select the Desaturated Image Layer and press Cmd + L Mac or Ctrl + L Win to adjust highlights, midtones and shadows.



Original picture from unsplash.com

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    Thank you! This is the kind of effect I wanted to achieve :)
    – Lars
    Dec 14, 2018 at 17:23

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