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Digital Photo Processing

Turn Photos Into Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Pencil Sketches, More

SUMMARY: Liven up your photographs via the freeware FotoSketcher - apply effects such as Brushstrokes, Cartoon, and Oil Pastel.

Looking for another way to add pizzazz to some of your photos? Consider the freeware FotoSketcher software for Windows by David Thoiron. Simply load a photograph, apply one of the many effects, watch the software work, view the source image and results side-by-side, then save and print your new creation.

A variety of effects are included such as color and black and white pencil sketches, watercolor, oil painting, brushstrokes, and cartoon. You can even go a step further and modify options such as brushstroke sizes, number of iterations, and whether or not to soften the edges. Add a frame around your photos, apply a texture, and/or add some text.

Applying an oil pastel sketch effect to a photo via FotoSketcher

Other options include resizing the source image or applying edits such as contrast, saturation, and blur; setting the drawing as Windows wallpaper; and editing the FotoSketcher skin ("Edit" menu, then "Change Window Style", or press the INS key).

Modifying sketching options in FotoSketcher

FotoSketcher can be downloaded at the following address, and a portable version is available.

FotoSketcher - http://www.fotosketcher.com/

This tip was written regarding FotoSketcher v1.98 running on a Windows XP machine. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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