From Caricature Software:
Photo to Cartoon converts photographs into cartoons and animated cartoons. Use this program to illustrate your book, your website or to make custom coloring pages for your kids. Replace that cookie cut forum avatar by an actual cartoon of yourself. You'll let people know what you look like without giving them your photo. Make cartoons of your friends, your dog, your house, your neighborhood and don't forget celebrities and politicians. Cartoons make fantastic gifts for friends and colleagues. They look great on T-shirts and mugs too. This program is fun and addictive. It is also intuitive and very easy to use. You don't need any artistic skills, as no drawing is required. Photo to Cartoon uses a novel approach to image editing with a "Click Me" approach. The program splits a photograph into solid color areas, like a mosaic. By clicking on the image, you can split or merge pieces of this mosaic, adding more details to the key areas and simplifying the background. Here is how it works. Just load a high quality high-resolution photo, set the overall level of detail in the image with two sliders and you are half-way done. Click on the key areas of the image, such as a person, or a person's eyes to increase the level of detail. Click on the background pieces to merge them together. Replace colors by those you choose if needed. Depending on the level of detail you use and the amount of editing (splitting and merging pieces) you do, the resulting images can be as either as real-looking or as cartoon-like as you wish. Photo to Cartoon simplifies the task of creating illustrations for virtually every purpose. The result cartoons can be saved in various formats including vector formats. Photo to Cartoon also creates animated drawings that can be saved in svg, avi or gif format or shared online.
Installs easily Extremely user-friendly Really helpful tutorial video included Great capacity for detail
Unsophisticated and simplistic workspace appearance is misleading
I installed this program a coupla weeks ago and uninstalled it practically right away based solely on its appearance and small number of selections to click on. I gave it one more try recently and man, did I get a surprise! This time I actually took the time to view the accompanying 5-minute tutorial(I'm one of those people who'll read instructions only as a last resort)and a whole new world of capabilities was revealed. I'm having a great deal of fun creating quality cartoons that I thought could only be accomplished with expensive software. I recommend this to anyone.
As a freebie, this package provides everything that I need for the level at which I want it. I don't have anything like it elsewhere so nothing to judge it by but as a basic bit of fun to re-work photos etc, it's brilliant!
Could be limiting for those who want more advanced functionality.
As a freebie I can see no good reason not to have this on your desktop.