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Old 09-02-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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If you want to convert a photo to something that resembles a sketch, you can use one of the sketch effects in your photo editor. Or, you can use a layer technique. But if none of these suit you, the best third party sketch tool that I know of is Akvis Sketch. Version 9 just came out, and it works better than previous versions.
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It reminds me of grrrr! I can't remember the name of the software but it was all the rage a few years ago and it had a fairly distinctive "look" about it...this is going to drive me nuts until I can remember the name...'-}}

Anyway...with one or two exceptions after looking at the examples, it's not something I would use--even in a preliminary way--because basically, the examples all look like they've been photocopied rather than drawn (and some of the results are prefectly ghastly)...

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Was it Deep Paint?

I agree that some of those examples are pretty bad.

   
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No...I don't think so...this is going to drive me batty...'-}}

Whatever it was, you applied it sort of like a filter in Photoshop and, as I mentioned, it created a rather distinctive look...


>>I agree that some of those examples are pretty bad.

ROFL!!! Glad it's just not me...'-}}

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I was underwhelmed myself. In the end, except for some obvious sorts of posterization, etc., really good drawings from photos seem to have been done by a real human being.

Like the wonderful line-art head shots on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, or that used to be there — haven’t kept up with it lately. I think we had a gigantic thread about how to do those on the computer several years ago, and came to the conclusion that only wimpy versions were possible.

Of course, there has been a lot of water under the dam since then. Maybe it is possible. I am prejudiced, as I cherish the notion that some things can only be well-done by a talented (or skilled) human being.

   
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kt: In the end, except for some obvious sorts of posterization, etc.
That's the word I was looking for--"posterization"...

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Anyway...with one or two exceptions after looking at the examples, it's not something I would use--even in a preliminary way...
The examples on the site are horrible, but in terms of using it in a preliminary way, it can actually be very useful. I've attached a "before" and two "afters" to show you the kind of starting places it can produce.

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andrew: I've attached a "before" and two "afters" to show you the kind of starting places it can produce.
The b/w middle image is not bad...thanks!

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The b/w middle image is not bad...thanks!
I think what I posted is close to the best it can do. And, or course, the bad examples on the website also represent what it can do. The quality of the result depends primarily on knowing what kind of photo to feed into the filter, or how to modify a picture before filtering it.

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It reminds me of grrrr! I can't remember the name of the software but it was all the rage a few years ago and it had a fairly distinctive "look" about it...this is going to drive me nuts until I can remember the name...'-}}
SnapArt?

Here's another example of Akvis Sketch (source photo from stock.xchng). Obviously it is not as good as the real deal, but that's not the point.
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