Convert your photos into drawings with Sketch Drawer

Sketch Drawer is a Windows program to easily turn digital photos into sketches, it comes preconfigured with various filters like “Felt-Tip Pen“, “Schematic“, “Colour Drawing” and many others. Each filter can be further optimized by changing the drawing edge strength to “Countour“, “Light”, “Contrast” and seven more edges, retouched even further filling the white areas with a choice of over a dozen patterns and pen or pencil presets enabling hatching.

The level of customization that Sketch Drawer allows is impressive, using very few clicks and without any special skill, your photo will look like a professional made drawing in just seconds. Sketch Drawer intuitive interface should not require you to read the help manual, altough one with screenshots is included if you get lost.

Convert photos into drawing with Sketch Drawer
Convert photos into drawing with Sketch Drawer

Using the same program you can a watermark to your pictures so that if anyone reproduces them you are given credit for your work, the watermark can be made up of text or adding your own logo, which can be adjusted for transparency and saved after creation.

My only drawback is the $50 tag price, I found it a little on the high end given that it can only convert photos into sketches and add watermakrs. For around double that price you can buy a full professional graphics editing suite that comes with a variety of filters, like for example Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro or Serif PhotoStack, although the watermarking option adds value to Sketch Drawer since dedicated watermarking software would cost half Sketch Drawer price and a graphics suite could be difficult for beginners.

If you find the need to create dozens of sketches and watermark photos there is no easier software than Sketch Drawer. The batch editing mode gets the job done with very little effort  from your part, you can select multiple photos or a folder, apply a filter or watermark and leave the computer working in the background while you do something else.

I would reccomend this program for those who are always creating paintings out of digital photograhs or have a large number of photographs they would like to watermark. As long as you see yourself converting photos into sketches and watermarking a lot, the program will be good value for money. A fully functional trial version of Sketch Drawer can be downloaded for a few days testing and see if it fits your needs.

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Convert your photos into art with Fotosketcher

If you want to convert your pictures into beautiful drawings or sketch you can’t go wrong with Fotsketcher, this amazing free photo editor allows you to create stunning images by applying filters that will make your photographs look like an oil canvas, a vintage photo, a drawing and many other artistic panting looking filters.

Fotosketcher offers free basic photo editing images features, like sharpening, change luminosity and colour saturation, image rotation, etc. I found this program to provide easy control over the images, with no complicated manuals to read, everything is pretty straight forward, you can convert your photograph into a pencil drawing with a couple of clicks just by intuition. Load your chosen photograph, apply the desired filter,  tweak the filter settings using sliding bars if you like, and you will be done.

This image editing software allows for photo framing and adding text as well, you do not have to convert the photos into a sketch, you can keep them like they are and simply frame them. The program is sized at a reasonable 6MB download, it’s interface is multilingual, allows for photo batch processing and it is 100% free for home or business use.

FotoSketcher free graphics editor
FotoSketcher free graphics editor

Playing with images can be lots of fun with Fotosketcher, throw the right photo through this program and you can create a professional image that would look great printed and framed or make for an admirable desktop computer wallpaper.

Fotosketcher review conclusion

One of Fotosketcher’s drawbacks is that it can only save images as a .jpg, .bmp and .png, not the best format for printing and mostly suitable for Internet usage of the photographs. I hope this photo editor can support more graphical formats in future releases because other than that I quite liked it.

This way to convert a digital photo into pencil sketch or painting canvas should satisfy most home user needs and it makes for a free, if somewhat limited, Photoshop alternative.

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