Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FotoSketcher 2.50 complete tutorial - warning: long post

Hi all,

Here is a complete tutorial on how to create a painting using two merged effects in FotoSketcher and a custom paintbrush.

Step 1: open an image by clicking on the first icon in the FotoSketcher toolbar like so:

In this tutorial, I have used the following image: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/849156 (credits Karpati Gabor).

Step 2: Once the image has loaded (as shown below), go to the Edit menu and click on "Automatic contrast and sharpening" (or press CTRL+A). 

 Step 3: The image might be a bit too large, so reduce its size by clicking on "Resize source image..." in the Edit menu (or press CTRL+R).
 Choose for instance 50% of the original size.

Step 4: Now in the parameters window (press F10 if the window is not shown), choose the "Pencil sketch 2" effect, with the following parameters and click on the Draw button to run the effect.

Step 5: Now right-click on the drawing and left-click on "Copy drawing to clipboard" or press CTRL+C. 

Step 6: In the parameters window, choose the "Painting 7 (brushtrokes)" effect and click on the "Load custom brush" 

 Here is the brush I used in this tutorial (download the image to your PC if you want to use it as a custom paintbrush):
Step 7: Now run the "Painting 7" effect with the values shown below by clicking on the "Draw!" button. In order to get the MAX value for the number of brushtrokes, you simply click on the number itself (50 by default). This will give you the maximum quality.

Step 8: Once the effect has finished running (might take a few minutes),paste the image that you previously copied to the clipboard (you can press CTRL+V).

Step 9: We're nearly there! Choose the "Merge source and result images" with the parameters below. At that final stage, you can add a frame, texture and some text.

Step 10: There is no step 10 ;-) 
Here is the final result (click on image for full size view):

Best regards,



Peter (BC, Canada) said...

Salut David,

Cool! Thank you so much for this nice tutorial.

On another topic: What's cookin' on your back burner?

Autrement dit, quels sont les prochains ajouts que tu nous concoctes ?

Have a nice end of Summer!


David said...

Salut Peter,

Thank you for your comment. I have quite a few plans for the next version, but nothing definite yet. I think I will probably work on template matching and brushstroke placement in order to create a new painting algorithm. Also, I have started looking at ways to directly import Photoshop (.abr) brushes in FotoSketcher.



Casey Fluffbutt said...

"Also, I have started looking at ways to directly import Photoshop (.abr) brushes in FotoSketcher"

Oh my god.. Oh my god.. Oh my god.. Oh my god.. Oh my god..

(I think my computer just had an orgasm)

(You can edit that bit out before you "approve" the post)

David said...

Lol! I hope I can make it work :-)

Danielle said...

Cher David,
je viens de decouvrir Fotosketcher. Absolument fantastique. Cela fonctionne parfaitement et c'est bien loin du "edge detection" que j'utilisais jusqu'a maintenant.
Un grand merci!

David said...

Chère Danielle,

Je vous remercie pour votre sympathique commentaire !

Bien cordialement,


Lucia said...

Hi, how to change from 72 dpi to 150 or 300 dpi when saving jpeg? Thanks a lot, regards.

David said...

Hi Lucia,

FotoSketcher will attempt to keep the dpi settings of a JPG file, but it does not work 100% of the time. There is at present no way to change the dpi in FotoSketcher, but you can do it with the great freeware Irfanview for instance.

Lucia said...

Hi David, thanks a lot!
Best regards, have a nice day!

Eduardo Flores said...

Thank you for this excellent piece of software!
I have searched a lot, including the great Alien Skin Snap Art, but I think that FotoSketcher is a lot better, with more definite and convincing brushstrokes (oil painting).

Eduardo Flores

David said...

Thank you very much for your kind comment!

Rodrigo Bernal said...

Hi, David,

Very fine piece of software you designed!!!!

I´ve got a question: it is possible to remove light flare in your software (e.g., reflection of a lamp at night)?

Thank you,


David said...

Hi Rodrigo,

Depending on the effect used, you might be able to reduce the flare, but to be honest FotoSketcher is probably not best suited to do that kind of modification.



Mase Lucas said...

David...just now downloaded Photosketcher. The program tells me the file on my desktop I clicked to "open" can't be found. Could you please explain what I'm doing wrong and how to fix it. I'm trying to open original photos as well as photos of my paintings which I'd like to alter.

Thank you! Photosketcher is just exactly what I've needed.


Mase Lucas said...

Hi David....the program says that the image I've selected can't be found. Could you please explain why not and what I should do to fix that.


David said...

Hi Mase,

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. It probably is a weird bug.
A few things you could try:
- run FotoSketcher as administrator
- try opening images from a different folder or drive
- drag and drop an image onto the left panel of FotoSketcher
- open the image in another program, click on CTRL+C to copy the image to clipboard, then go to FotoSketcher and press CTRL+V to paste

If everything fails, send me an e-mail to contact@fotosketcher.com and I'll give you a test version of FotoSketcher to try and solve the issue.

Best regards,


P.S. Love your paintings ;-)

Val Ewing said...

Keep up the great work, I've compared this to other programs and found it superior. Plus, I couldn't paint a real painting if I needed to! Love this!

David said...

Thank you, Val :)
I'm glad that you like FotoSketcher!

Jean Luc Picard said...

Hello I just found this wonderful program, thank you so much for your efforts. After reading some of the comments I was wondering what became of the 'import Photoshop brushes' that you mentioned you were working on?

Also I note a small bug, the three tabs above the image window are not visible. I can hover my cursor over them and they highlight up, and become clickable and useable, but I don't know what they are called. I assume they are FILE MENU and HELP?

David said...

Hello Jean-Luc,
I think there is indeed a visual bug on the menu items. I will soon release a version (3.30) which is compiled with a newer version of my programming environment (Delphi), so hopefully you won't have this issue anymore.
I wish to eradicate all bugs in FS and will make it so ;)
As for the Photoshop brushes, I found an easy way to import brushes using the freeware program ABRViewer (https://sourceforge.net/projects/abrviewer/). This program creates .png images which can be used directly in FotoSketcher. Not as easy as a direct import, I know, but I got a bit lazy since I found a way...