Friday, 28 August 2009

TIP - FotoSketcher

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Another delightful little programme, FREE, that will enhance your blogging experience.

But it needn't stop there, because this little beauty will allow you to exercise your artistic skills to the full and produce prints that you could use for cards 'n' stuff to send to your family and friends!

FotoSketcher is completely free and does not contain any adware, spyware or virus. It runs on any version of Microsoft Windows (sorry, no Mac version available).

If you want to turn a portrait, the photograph of your house or a beautiful landscape into a painting, a sketch or a drawing then look no further. FotoSketcher will do the job in just a few seconds.

Don't believe me? Here is an example of something that I completed in less than 30 seconds. Honest!

It was a simple case of fire up the programme, pick a photograph, import it with a click, select the type of output you want, click another button that says "Draw it!", and you're done!

I chose this pic of one of our favourite bloggers, Shrinky (in preference to one of the delectable Anna Kournikova, in full tennis gear, scratching her bum), not least of all because of the strong contrast between the light and dark areas, which usually causes graphic software major headaches ...




... and turned it into this ...




... using the default settings!


The author, David Thoiron, has even produced a YouTube video to walk you through the various steps. It is interesting, but not  necessarily a 'must watch', because the programme is so easy to use that you will probably find yourself converting tons of your digital photographs into cheeky little works of art in no time at all.

Don't hesitate. Go get FotoSketcher now!

Another fine addition to your blogging arsenal ...


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Lee said...

Sounds fun, Terry. My Dad just sent me a DVD with lots of pictures from when I was a teen and our family was backpacking and sailing. Might be interesting to see how this works on those wilderness photos. :-)


Fletch said...

Ought to be fun, Lee.

You might even post a couple on your site, eh?

Shrinky said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! I am laughing so hard, I couldn't reach the coffee table in time to save my glass of wine from Jake's tail-swipe (it's okay, he's cleaning it up for me)!

Terry, you are a marvel, I never did like that photo, but I just LOVE what you've done with it. Please, please, pretty please, with you email it to me? I am convinced, I am definitely loading up this software, it's too much fun to pass on. Thank you hon, I have no idea how you come up with these things, but they never fail to prove fascinatingly addictive!

Fletch said...

Will do, Carol.

My first choice for a 'makeover' was Anna Kournikova, but I dumped her for your pic. It seemed more relevant to a blogging topic - as well!

It is a fun programme, and the best part is you don't have to fire up a behemoth like Photoshop to get unusual and excellent effects!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Okay, so I'm back to catch the address so I can follow!!!! And I am absolutely amazed by this wonderful technique!!! Doesn't Shrinky (Carol) look great here!!!! Love this!! Catch you later! Janine

Fletch said...

Won't get close to your own painting, Janine, but it is 'fun' for the less talented like me!

Besides, a little 'cheating' now and then, without going overboard, certainly spices up ones blogger posts ...