FotoSketcher is a free retouching photo software, which converts digital photos into “real” pictorial works.
No doubt that digital photography has brought great advantages to our life. We can take countless photos without having to worry about the end of the reel, we have a camera built into the mobile phone, we do not need to print the photographs, and we can share a photo instantly on social networks.
In spite of all the benefits the digital photography brings to us, it can never substitute or replace, the charisma of a brush when it paints a scene, place or person. The strokes of the paint, colors of the palette chosen by the author, the configuration of the scene, and the chosen perspective, are many of the features that make the painting a unique art, appreciated and desired by many.
FotoSketcher brings us the possibility of creating authentic works of art from our digital photos. Thanks to the multitude of available filters, we will be able to convert our digital photo into an oil painting, a pencil drawing or watercolor, among many others.
The program has been designed to be used by all type of users is so easy to use that everyone can use it, from the small children to the elderly.
The interface is very simple, the original photo is located on the left side, which can be loaded using the menu of “File->Open image”, or drag the photo directly to the program window, or paste it from the Windows clipboard. The right part is reserved for the new image, that will be created by applying filters to the original photo.
To convert the photo into a painting, we only need to click on the “Parameters drawing” (represented by a color palette), or you can use the menu “Edit-> Parameters drawing” (F10).
We can choose more than 25 filters (drawing styles). Drawing styles come divided by types:
- Effects of drawing pencil: in this section we can choose from 6 types of filters. The “Black and White” filter, will get a finish that's really good and gives you the feeling to be in front of a hand-drawn image using a pencil. The filter“Pencil Drawing 4” also gets a very good effect created with pens and colors.
We can change certain parameters of the filters to vary the length of the strokes, varying the intensity of the colors, or change the intensity of the edges.
- Drawing Effects with pen and ink: here we can choose between two different effects. Both effects recreate the art of drawing with pen and ink. The effect achieved is very realistic, and we can modify various parameters to get more clarity/obscurity, more details, or a more simple/complex image.
- Painting Effects: we will have up to 9 effects to choose from. Among them: watercolor, oil, or strokes. These effects manage to recreate very faithfully the style of the paintings techniques mentioned above. So with a couple of clicks, we will convert our photo in painting with watercolors, oil or brush strokes.
- Stylish Effects: In this section, we can select between 7 different effects. For example, the “Pixelation” effect turns our photo into a painting drawn with squares that pretend to be pixels. “Point Color” will convert the image into a paint made with a base of colored points, we can select the maximum and minimum radius of the points, the intensity of the color, the number of points, etc. “Comic 1” and “Comic 2” gives an aspect of a comic to our photography. Other selectable effects in this section are: “Halftones” and “Emerge”.
- Various Effects: here we can select “Intensify Colors” that intensifies the colors of the photo, giving more life to photos that are dark and with dark colors. Also, we can select the filter “Old Photo”, that transforms our photo in a snapshot taken with the cameras of the first decades of the Twentieth century.
When we apply a filter, we have the option of selecting the texture of the canvas where the new image will be “draw”. We can choose up to 10 types of different texture.
The best thing to do is test all the filters until we find those that we like. Next, we must modify the individual parameters of each filter until we get the desired image.
FotoSketcher allows us to make basic modifications on the original photo, in such a way that it will not be necessary to use another external tool to carry out these modifications. We can modify the brightness, contrast, saturation, definition, and rotate or change the size of the image. We can also crop the original image, to apply the filters to the selected area, and add text to the created image.
If we want to apply the same filter to multiple images, we will be able to use the“batch processing tool” (ctrl+D). Here we will select the photographs that we want to convert, and choose the filter that we are going to apply to all of them. Pressing the “Processing” button, the photographs' conversion begins.
It is possible to apply multiple filters to the same photo, in such a way that we will get a unique image. If we like especially a combination of filters, we can create a “Script”, where we can select the order in which those filters and their parameters will be applied. For example, we can create a Script where we first use the “White and Black” effect, and then we apply the “Pixelate” effect. In this way, we will execute the Script on any photography and apply the filters in the programmed order.
The program allows us to save the image in png, jpg, jpeg, and bmp formats. We can also print the image directly from the program.
Without a doubt, this program is perfect for all those who want to feel like an artist, without the need of making use of more sophisticated programs such as Photoshop. We must remember that FotoSketcher is free and it works in the latest Windows versions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is FotoSketcher downloadable for Windows 10?
- Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows 10.
- What operating systems is it compatible with?
- This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 64 bits, Windows 8, Windows XP 64 bits, Windows Vista 64 bits, Windows 7 64 bits, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of FotoSketcher.
- Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
- Yes, although there is no special 64-bit version, so you can download the 32-bit version and run it on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
- To install FotoSketcher on your PC, you have to download the FotoSketcher_2.99_setup.exe file to your Windows and install it.
- Which version of the program am I going to download?
- The current version we offer is the 2.99.
- Is FotoSketcher free?
- Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.