In today’s tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a blueprint effect in Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t fancy spending hours construcing a technical drawing from scratch, this is a great technique for faking it. We’ll use some built in Photoshop filters to produce the basic outlines from a source photograph, then mix in some grid patterns and textures to enhance the realism.
The realism of this blueprint effect tutorial all depends on the base images you have to work with. For best results, use pictures of your subject from the front, side and top, combined into one document. Authentic blueprints are drawn as exact plans, whereas a photograph will always include unwanted details, perspective, and reflections. Wireframe 3D renders or vector illustrations can be used directly without any Photoshop adjustments, but in this tutorial I’ll show you how to create this example based on a photograph of a house.
Open up your base image in Adobe Photoshop. This particular house photograph is a free image named House Lights Turned On.