Maybe you've seen photos that have been edited to look "old" or like they were painted by an Impressionist, and thought, "I'd like to do that!" Major image editing tools like Photoshop apply filters to images to create such effects, but suppose you don't have a major image editing tool like Photoshop? And even if you do, do you have the time to learn how to create these effects? Maybe you should try FotoSketcher, a simple tool for applying all kinds of visual and drawing effects to your digital images. With a huge range of filters and options, a simple split-screen layout, and familiar controls, FotoSketcher lets you focus on the image rather than the process.
FotoSketcher's user interface features a main window with identical before-and-after panes above a fairly standard but well-rendered toolbar. But this simple layout doesn't mean FotoSketcher lacks features: The Drawing parameters dialog that appears when you load an image has plenty of options and settings. We started simple, dragging and dropping an image into FotoSketcher, which displayed it both windows. We clicked the Drawing style list and selected a filter type from an extensive list of options. Even Photoshop users won't feel shorted by FotoSketcher's filters, which include six pencil sketch effects, eight painting effects, and all kinds of textures, frames, and borders. Many of the filters can be customized by sliders. For instance, we selected Vintage Photo. We could customize the strength of the effect, the blurring, the sepia coloring, and even the simulated old paper defects. Of course, we could also lighten and darken the image, change the texture, add text, and even use a manual brush. When everything was ready, we pressed Draw, and FotoSketcher previewed our changes in the right-hand pane. After that it was simply a matter of fine-tuning and saving our image, which looked like it was taken in the 1800s and found in an attic trunk.
We've used Photoshop for years and so can recommend FotoSketcher to anyone who wants to do some of what it does (jazz up photos) more quickly, easily, and cheaply; FotoSketcher is totally free.
FotoSketcher is a freeware program for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 which automatically turns digital images (photos or 3d renderings) into works of art. With the click of a button any photo can become a masterpiece. Many styles are available: pencil sketch, oil painting, watercolor, pastel, drawing, cartoon, pen and ink, sepia (vintage photo) The interface supports 3 different skins and is extremely user-friendly. FotoSketcher can be used straight away, with virtually no learning curve. Apart from its main goal of turning any user into a budding artist, FotoSketcher can also perform image correction and retouching (automatic contrast improvement, change color saturation, resize or rotate image, add various frames, add text). The batch mode allows users to modify multiple images in one go. FotoSketcher is available in 21 languages.
What's new in this version:
New preview zoom function, better user interface and bug fixes.
I've read some great reviews about this program, and I'd love to try it. I tried downloading this version from all official sources listed on the company's website, including download.com, then installed the software and tried to open it. I get the same problem no matter what the download source is. As the program starts up, I get 10-12 error messages, then the program shuts down. Tried it on two computers, same results. Too bad. It looked interesting.