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Tips and Tricks: FotoSketcher

October 11, 2012


There may be times when you want to transform a photo you’ve taken into something more artistic, say, a pencil sketch, a painting, or give it a vintage look. This can be done in most graphics editing programs (like Photoshop). You can also do it with a downloadable program called FotoSketcher.

I haven’t personally checked this out because I don’t use photos in my work except very, very rarely. However, it seems interesting, and I like what I’ve seen. You can get it at the FotoSketcher website and it’s 100% free. If you try it and like it, you have the option to make a donation to the developer.

Sorry, Mac users – looks like this one’s for Windows only.

Here’s what the developer has to say:

“FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.

You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…) and add simple or realistic frames and text.

FotoSketcher is completely free (even for commercial use, if you wish to sell your pictures) and does not contain any adware, spyware or virus. It runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 (sorry, no Mac version available).

I have created FotoSketcher as a fun project and I hope that you will enjoy using it.”

Have fun and be creative!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2012 1:11 pm

    I just sold a card the other day with a photo I ran through FotoSketcher. It is a great way to turn a poor photo into something you can use 🙂 Tip: If you do a contrast adjustment before you run your pic through the program you will often get better results.

  2. Donna permalink
    October 13, 2012 8:31 pm

    I love Fotosketcher – also a huge fan of Fractalius plug in!

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