Sunday, October 27, 2019

Update on the upcoming FotoSketcher 3.50

Hi all,

Just a quick word to let you know that it has taken longer than I expected to fine tune the new painting effect for the upcoming version of FotoSketcher.

The proof of concept looked promising, but the rendering times of the new effect were far too long and optimising strategies either did not speed things up enough or lowered the quality too much.
So it's back to the drawing board (pun intended)!

In the meantime, here are 3 examples with the same number of brushtrokes, but with 3 different quality settings (increasingly accurate stroke placement):

- example 1 - low quality (relatively fast):


- example 2 - medium quality (slower):


- example 3 - high quality (slowest):


I'll continue to keep you posted here as I make progress.


All the best,

David




Friday, August 9, 2019

Back to the Windows version of FotoSketcher: new 3.50 release in the works

Hi all,

I'm taking a break from porting FotoSketcher to other platforms and I'm currently experimenting on a new algorithm for the upcoming 3.50 version for Windows.

Here is an example of the new painting effect that will be added (click on image to view in full size):


Disclaimer: this is a work in progress and the released effect might look different.

I'll keep you posted when a beta version is ready for you to play!

Best regards,

David

Friday, March 29, 2019

Watercolor made with a development version of FotoSketcher for Android

Hi all,
 
The Android version of FotoSketcher is still under development and one of the first effects I have ported is the Painting 9 (watercolor) filter. 
The following image was made on my phone in roughly 10 seconds (texture and border where then added with the help of FotoSketcher for Windows). The photo was taken by me in my hometown of Lyon in France (the bridge is the Lafayette bridge on the river Rhône).
 
 
My goal is to have a multi-platform version of FotoSketcher which will run on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.
 
By the way, I have been told that some apps on the Apple, Google or Microsoft stores use the name FotoSketcher. These apps are usually not free and seem to be pretty low quality. In no way are they made by me. Unfortunately, this is blatant plagiarism and parasitism.
 
The official FotoSketcher homepage will always be: https://www.fotosketcher.com
 
But enough of that, what's truly important is that you have fun playing with the real FotoSketcher!
 
Kind regards,
 
David

Sunday, November 25, 2018

FotoSketcher 3.40 is now officially released


Dear all,

FotoSketcher 3.40 for Windows is now available for download (for free, of course, as always). Head over to https://fotosketcher.com/download-fotosketcher/ to get it.

Change log:
  • Brand new Painting 2 (brushstrokes) effect
  • Slovenian translation (thanks to Jadran Rudec)
  • The red bar (located in the progress bar at the bottom of the window) to stop an effect early is now compatible with batch processing
  • Various small bug fixes
  • 64bit version is now the default (32bit version is still available at www.fosshub.com)
Here are some examples of the new "Painting 2" effect (click on the images to view in full size):



 

Enjoy!

Best regards,

David

P.S. FotoSketcher is 100% free, even for commercial use. However, if you like FotoSketcher and feel generous, you are welcome to offer me a nice cup of coffee by clicking on the Donate button.

PayPal donation for FotoSketcher





Saturday, November 10, 2018

FotoSketcher 3.40 beta 3 available **updated**

Hi all,

Curious and adventurous souls, trend setters and hipsters, cutting edge and impatient testers, here at long last is an available beta for FotoSketcher version 3.40: https://www.fotosketcher.com/FotoSketcher_3.40_beta3.zip

There are still a few minor tweaks and optimizations that I'm working on, but you should be able to enjoy the new Painting 2 effect (which replaces the outdated bilateral filter).



Here is an example of this new effect (click on image to see full size):


Small caveat: at present, the preview image is a bit different to the finished result, so I still need to work on that. Better now as of beta #3.

Also, a new translation in Slovenian was kindly done by user Jadran Rudec. A warm thank you to him for helping FotoSketcher become even more international!

As always, don't hesitate to let me know if you find any bugs in this beta version, so I can iron them out before the official release.

Best regards and have fun!

David





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New painting effect - work in progress

Hi all,

Just a quick word to let you know that I'm making progress on a new painting effect, which will use a brand new algorithm for brushstroke placement.
Early days yet, but here is a test image to show the new effect in action:
And another test image, with added curvature to the brushstrokes:

Best regards,

David

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tutorial: turn a photo into an illustration with FotoSketcher

Hi all,

A new version of FotoSketcher (version 3.40) is in the works and should be available soon.
In the meantime, here is a short tutorial on how to get an illustrated look with FotoSketcher 3.30.

1 - Open your source image in FotoSketcher. In this example, I have used this photo: https://www.freeimages.com/photo/blue-water-sailing-1-1437302 (credits Julie Tijerina).

2 - Reduce the size of the source image to 50% of the original size (press CTRL-R to bring up the resize window).

3 - Choose the Pen & Ink Sketch 2 effect with the parameters shown below and click on the Draw! button.

4 - Press CTRL-C to copy the sketch into your clipboard (we will use it later)

5 - Choose the Painting 9 (watercolor) effect with the parameters shown below and press the Draw! button.

6 - Swap the left and right images by pressing the F12 key (the watercolor will now appear in the left panel and will be used as source).

7 -  Choose the Painting 1 (watercolor) effect with the parameters shown below and press the Draw! button.

8 - We are nearly there! Now press CTRL-V to paste the sketch image we created in step 3.

9 - Choose the Merge source and result images with the parameters shown below and press the Draw! button (you can optionally add a texture and frame).
10 - Save your illustration (press CTRL-S) to your hard drive and you're  done :)

And here is the final result (click on image to see in full size):


All the best and have a great summer,

David

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Work in progress - Windows 10 and Android screenshots

Hi all,

As you may know, I'm trying to make FotoSketcher truly multi-platform.
I'm currently working on the user interface part of the code and here are two screenshots : one in Windows 10, the other on my Android tablet.

Running in Windows 10 (Delphi IDE in the background)

Android screenshot


Added on May 25th: just tested on MacOS and it's also working fine.

MacOS screenshot

So far so good ;)

Best regards,

David

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A parrot in New York!

Hello all,

A parrot in New York? What a strange title for this post...
Just bear with me for a second and all will become clear :)

I have recently been working on many fronts regarding FotoSketcher:
  • the experimental Mac version
  • a new painting effect
  • some Android coding (many issues to solve on that front)
  • and a brand new redesign of the interface

A friend of mine (hi Martin!) who is a talented young UI and UX designer has helped me tremendously with the user interface modernisation of FotoSketcher. I'm currently in the process of integrating his design into a new version of FotoSketcher, which hopefully will be truly multi-platform.

Since Martin (who is French like me) is now staying in New-York, part of the future interface of FotoSketcher has been designed in the Big Apple. And the FotoSketcher iconic parrot will still be there (albeit a slightly different parrot from the current one).

Without further ado, here is a glimpse of what the future FotoSketcher will look like: 



In the meantime, I hope you continue enjoying the current version of FotoSketcher ;)

All the best,

David

www.fotosketcher.com
www.patreon.com/FotoSketcher
www.paypal.me/FotoSketcher

Monday, June 12, 2017

FotoSketcher for MacOS (updated)

Hi all,

I have just recompiled a new version of FotoSketcher 3.30 for MacOS, which solves the trackbar bug (where the trackbar cursor positions would not update properly).

This makes FotoSketcher much more usable on Macs. I have successfully tested on MacOS El Capitan.

To download, head over to https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html.

https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html/FotoSketcher_Mac.app.zip

Some Mac users have mentioned that they were unable to download and install on MacOS El Capitan, due to security reasons.

This is because I do not have an Apple developper ID, not because FotoSketcher is a dangerous application (just make sure you ONLY download it from the official page https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html).

Here is the Apple support answer to this problem: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202491

Have fun on your Macs!

Best regards,

David