I'm finally trying "actions" in PSE (5.0). This is a freebie called "sheris_sketch_elem_two" which I found at The 'two' indicates that both black/white and color options are included. The result is a much faster sketch than I've been able to create using Convert to Black and White and then Filters, Sketch and finally trial-and-error to get the look I want. For a couple of test photos, I've liked the action better, others I like my (much-slower-to-produce) result better. Using the action produces a good sketch when starting with a sharp initial photo. It will certainly be easy to try the action first. I've now downloaded several PSE actions, and watching them function step-by-step in PSE has been a great learning tool.