The abundance makes ordinary images difficult to stand out. To turn daily pictures into something special, extra efforts are needed. One of those efforts is to turn your photos into artistic sketches, and the tool that can take the paint out of the process is FotoSketcher (Windows only).
How To Turn Photos Into Sketches
Any avid Photoshop user will tell you that creating artistic images out of ordinary photos is as easy as snapping your fingers. While that might be true, not everybody is comfortable using Photoshop. The price tag is also another obstacle for ordinary people to overcome in order to obtain that giant app.
This is where FotoSketcher comes in. This Windows-only app is built to help everyday people like us to quickly convert their photos into artistic sketches. And the price tag is right: free. You can download the main version (with setup and uninstall option) to be installed on your PC, or the portable version to install on your thumb drive and use on any Windows machine.
The following walkthrough was created using the main version of the app, but the portable version will be the same experience.
FotoSketcher allows you to modify images one by one or by batch. To do the latter, go to “File – Batch processing” menu.
The Batch processing window will open. Click the “Add files” button.
Choose the pictures that you want to convert from the list.
Decide on the location of the result files, and click the “Process” button to continue, or the “Cancel” button to abort the process.
Then you have to decide on several “Drawing parameters“. Start with the “Drawing style“.
There are many effects that you can choose from the list. Starting from “Pencil sketch” to “No effect” at all. To familiarise yourself with these effects, you would want to experiment with them all individually.
You can also add frames to the images, regardless of the drawing style that you apply to them. Just check the box next to the option and choose the type of frame that you want to add.
Another touch that you can add to your picture is “Texture“. Basically this option will give paper/canvas surface texture feel to your pictures.
You can also add custom text to your images, and you can adjust the font, color, and position of the text.
And after all of the adjustments, you can click the “Draw it!” button and the process will start.
Although I only explained the steps to modify photos in bulk, all of the above steps can be done individually to single images using the tools on the toolbar.
And if you find the app useful, you could click the coffee cup icon on the toolbar to give donations to the author of FotoSketcher.
Now you can share unique and artistic sketches of your photos to your friends and relatives and make your ordinary pictures everything but ordinary.
Have you tried FotoSketcher? What’s your opinion? Or do you know other similar applications? Share using the comments below.
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