Until now. We’ve been using a Mac app that you’ll love. It’s the easiest way to take any photo and convert it to an artistic sketch drawing with just a click. The results border on visual magic.
Boring Photo? Or, Clever Artistry?
PhotoSketcher is pretty much what you think it is based upon the title of the app. It takes a plain old ordinary photo– portrait, landscape, people or thing– and converts it to art.
Art? Think of it as a conversion tool. Photo on one side. Pencil or charcoal sketch on the other side.
PhotoSketcher comes with a few tools but they’re easily mastered (other than the time devoted to trial and error– it’s fun to use).
View both the original photo and the sketch display side-by-side. Make changes and adjustments in color, background, line thickness, and more and see the results right away.
The sketch can be saved and printed. And PhotoSketcher doesn’t care how large the original photo is– it just works.
Take a look at the controls. The view a couple of examples.
The toolbar at the top gives you basic controls and navigation, including an option to view only the original, only the sketch image, or both in a split window.
Split window? This one is worth a thousand words.
It helps to start with a good photo, but that certainly isn’t a requirement. Look at these two simple photos and what can be done with a few clicks.
Not only can a photo be converted to a black and white sketch, it can also retain color, ala colored pencils.
All it takes is a few clicks to apply different backgrounds to different colored sketches.
This is an impressive and inexpensive tool, but one of many each photo loving Mac user should have to enhance what iPhoto cannot, but use it judiciously.