Monday, January 5, 2009

Official release of FotoSketcher 1.8

Version 1.8 of FotoSketcher is finally available. You can download it for free at http://www.fotosketcher.com/

Here are some of the new functions you will find :
- 3 new effects (sketch 2 - black & white, sketch 3 - colour and painting 4)
- resizeable left and right panes (move the mouse to the separation line)
- right-clickable magnifying glass icons (the center one sizes the image to best fit the pane)
- the zoom percentage value is editable (just click on the value)
- the source image modification functions are now on one screen, with a preview window
- a link has been added to an online help page (which will be available in the future)
- a better text function (you can move the text with your mouse better than before), with the possibility to add a shadow
- if you move the images around fast, they will continue to move in the same direction for a while (useful on large images or if you zoom a lot)

Here are some example images produced with version 1.8 (original photos courtesy of Stock Xchng):

Black & white sketch 2:


Colour Sketch 3 (first version):


Colour Sketch 3 (second version - with different parameters):


Painting 4:


Best regards,

David

4 comments:

DaveG said...

Great program, extremely useful for a range of photos. And your newly-added algorithms are top-drawer. Thanks!

David said...

Thank you for your nice comment. I'm glad you appreciate the new algorithms!
I have plenty of ideas for some new ones...

Best regards,

David

Barry said...

WOW!

Those new 'filters' are brilliant - I love the new BW and colour pencil bits, they look great!

I can't find anything I'd pick at now - the new filters are soft and not at all 'busy' or 'chattery'

Just out of interest - what's the difference between 180 and 181, or was 181 the release version for the 180 series?

David said...

Hi Barry,

Thank you so much for your laudatory comment!

The original release was indeed version 1.80 but I noticed a small bug in the painting 3 algorithm, so I quickly released version 1.81. I also improved slightly the colour sketch filter.

Unfortunately, there are still a couple of bugs in 1.81 (try Painting 4 with a strength of effect of 1!)...

Therefore, there might be another bug fix release soon.

Best regards,

David