Friday, March 3, 2017

FotoSketcher for Mac available (experimental, but usable)

Hi all,

As you may know, FotoSketcher is a Windows only program and I am currently working on a truly multiplatform version (testing on Android at first).
But since it is a complete rewrite of most of my code (which can be a good thing to iron out some bugs), it is also a rather large undertaking for a single hobbyist programmer like myself.

Having been asked many times for a MacOS version, I looked into various solutions: emulation software (either free like WineHQ or not, like Parallels Desktop), or recompilation with a cutting edge framework (crossVCL, which looks very promising).

In the meantime, I have packaged the latest FotoSketcher version (3.30 at this time) into a Mac compatible program using WineBottler.
Here the .zip file (warning 75 MB, thank you www.fosshub.com for hosting): https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html/FotoSketcher_MacOS.zip

https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html/FotoSketcher_MacOS.zip

Just open it and run FotoSketcher on your Mac! 

CAVEAT : I have only tested on OS X El Capitan. Apart from a few quirks - mainly visual - I have found FotoSketcher to work fine. But, as usual, use at your own risk and I shall not be held responsible should anything bad happen.

How to install:

Once you've downloaded FotoSketcher_MacOS.zip, move it to the location of your choice (I have simply chosen the desktop).


Then open the .zip file as shown below:


This will extract FotoSketcher and create the program icon.


Double-click to run, and voila!


One of the problems you may encounter is that the trackbars will not update correctly (as shown in the screenshot above). However, you can still move the cursor to the value you want and the parameters will be changed accordingly.

Have fun :)

Best regards,

David


Monday, February 27, 2017

New FotoSketcher tutorial

Hi all,

I have been asked time and time again to write a proper help file or at least a new tutorial. So far, I've always been too lazy busy to do so, but I'm happy to announce a brand new 8 page tutorial (packed with information for both new and more advanced users).

If you've never used FotoSketcher before, this tutorial will help you grasp the basics (open an image file, apply an effect, save your masterpiece).

If you're already familiar with FotoSketcher, this tutorial will show you some tricks you may not know yet, like applying transparent text to your drawing or painting.

Here is the tutorial in .pdf format: http://www.fotosketcher.com/Tips1.pdf

And here is the online version (thanks to the great flowpaper.com solution): http://fotosketcher.com/Tips1.html

FotoSketcher tutorial


For more tips and tricks, head over to: http://fotosketcher.blogspot.fr/2013/04/fotosketcher-secrets-tricks-you-may-not.html

And remember: don't be afraid to experiment with FotoSketcher :)

All the best,

David

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P.S. A great, great thank you to all the generous users who have helped me continue the development of FotoSketcher, by supporting me on Patreon or via PayPal donations :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Limited edition prints available for sale

Hi all,

If you want to purchase some very high quality prints, head over to https://www.curioos.com/product/acrylic/generative-art-2 for some abstract art made in FotoSketcher :)



If you prefer a nice painted landscape, go to https://www.curioos.com/product/print/tuscan-landscape



Best regards,

David

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FotoSketcher 3.30 officially released

Hi all,

The new version of FotoSketcher (v 3.30) is now available. As usual, you can head over to http://fotosketcher.com/download-fotosketcher/ to download either the full (with setup) or portable 32bit versions.
If have a 64bit bit version of Windows, I encourage you to use the 64bit versions of FotoSketcher, available from the official mirror website here: https://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html

You will find a list of the new features in my previous post: http://fotosketcher.blogspot.fr/2017/01/beta-version-of-fotosketcher-330.html

I hope you will have fun experimenting with FotoSketcher :) Be creative!

All the best,

David

Screenshots of FotoSketcher 3.30:

 drag the red line with your mouse to stop any effect at x%

 when opening a source image, click in the top right corner for a large preview

in painting 10, load custom brushes (in transparent .png format)
you can also double the size of the brushstrokes (check the x2 tick box)

 if you press the END key on your keyboard, you can toggle long filenames ON or OFF

 with long filenames ON, the effect used and associated parameters will be saved in the filename

 obligatory cute red panda :)




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Beta version of FotoSketcher 3.30 available

Hi all,

A stable beta version of FotoSketcher 3.30 is now available for download here: http://www.fotosketcher.com/FotoSketcher_3.30_beta1.zip version 3.30 is now officially released


Just download anywhere on your PC, unzip the file and run!

Here are the new features in v3.30:
- user interface improvements:
         . cleaner splash screen
         . better window management (when the application is maximized)
         . new simpler panel backgrounds
         . more legible text for high dpi screens
         . skinned dialog windows


- new draggable cursor to interrupt an effect at x% (useful for some effects where the result can be interesting before reaching 100%)
- possibility to load your own brushes for Painting 10 (in transparent .png format) and render with twice larger brushstrokes
- new abstract effect (great for desktop wallpapers or phone and tablet backgrounds)
- option to save the effect number and parameters used in the filename (e.g. "FotoSketcher_Image1_Painting10 (brushtrokes)_50_50_50_130_130_130.png". To enable this function, either manually edit the fotosketcher.ini file (change the last line from False to True) or while in FotoSketcher, press the 'END' key.


After extensive testing, I believe this beta version to be stable, but I welcome your feedback, should you find any bug.

Have fun :)

best regards,

David


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Upcoming features in FotoSketcher 3.30 for Windows

Hi all,

I'm currently putting the finishing touches to a new release of FotoSketcher for Windows (version 3.30).

Here are some of the new features you can expect to find in v3.30:
  • user interface improvements:
    • new splash screen
    • better window management (when the application is maximized)
    • new panel backgrounds
    • more legible text for high dpi screens
    • skinned dialog windows
  • new draggable cursor to interrupt an effect at x% (useful for some effects where the result can be interesting before reaching 100%)
  • possibility to load your own brushes for Painting 10 (in transparent .png format) and render with larger brushstrokes (warning... slow!)
  • new abstract effect
  • option to save the effect number and parameters used in the filename (e.g. "FotoSketcher_Image1_Painting10 (brushtrokes)_50_50_50_130_130_130.png"




I'll post a beta version for you to play with as soon as possible :)

All the best,

David

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best wishes for 2017!

Dear FotoSketcher users,

I wish you all a very Happy New Year :)


Best regards,

David