Thursday, December 6, 2012


FotoSketcher is now available in simplified Chinese!





FotoSketcher是完全免费的甚至用于商业用途,如果你想出售你的照片,不包含任何广告软件,间谍软件或病毒它可以运行在微软Windows XPVista和7(对不起,暂时没有Mac版本

Translation by Google Translate.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.35 officially released

Hi all,

FotoSketcher 2.35 is now officially released. As usual, you can download the new version here:

Apart from the new Pencil sketch 5 effect and the addition of simplified Chinese to the list of supported languages (thank you Hebeijianke), I have also slightly tweaked the Emergence effect. If you double-click on the value to the right of the "number of iterations" slidebar (see screenshot below) the number will become MAX. This will actually treble the number of polygons. It will take a long time processing, but the result might be worth it.

By the way, this trick also works for the Painting 7 effect:

Have fun with the new version!

Here is an example (merged effects):

original photo credit:

All the best,


Sunday, October 21, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.35 Release Candidate - New Pencil Sketch effect and now available in Chinese

Hi All,

FotoSketcher 2.35 is now close to being officially released.
You can download Release Candidate 1 here:

Apart from a lot of behind the scene modifications, here are the main changes:
- new Pencil Sketch 5 effect
- Simplified Chinese language now available
- improved Automatic contrast and sharpening (CTRL+A)

Here is an example of the new Pencil Sketch 5 effect, merged with Painting 7 and Painting 5 (for the sky). Click on the image for full size view:

Have fun ;-)

All the best,


Saturday, September 8, 2012

New beta available: 2.35 **updated**

Dear FotoSketcher users,

I've scrapped version 2.31, which was causing problems to some users (mainly on Windows XP) and have rewritten a completely new version, 2.35c beta, which you can download here:

Hopefully, this version will behave better and especially will not show the "débordement d'entier" error message (which means "Integer overflow" in French) that some of you reported.

I would be grateful for your feedback and comments :-)

Best regards,


Thursday, August 2, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.31 beta available

Hi all,

After quite a lot of fine tuning and tweaking, a beta version of FotoSketcher 2.31 is finally available for download.
You can get it here:

The main change is the new Pencil Sketch 5 filter. Here is an example (in colour and black & white):

Original image cropped (photo credits Gayle Lindgren -

black & white sketch 

parameters used:

and colour sketch

parameters used: 

This version is an early beta and there is still a lot of work to be done. The elusive bug which only occurs on some Windows XP machines (and on none of the ones I tested of course) is still there (error message 'débordement d'entier'), so I might have to revert to version 2.25 and rewrite everything up to 2.31...

But at least you can play with the new Pencil Sketch 5 filter.

Also the next version will be translated in Chinese.

Best regards,


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New pencil sketch effect

Hi all,

Just a quick word to let you know that I am currently tweaking a new pencil sketch effect. It uses improved edge detection and texturing algorithms.

Here are a few examples:

in black & white

or in colour

I will let you know when a beta version is ready for you to play with :-)

Best regards,


Friday, June 29, 2012

New video tutorial - how to apply multiple effects

Hi all,

First some quick news :
  • I am currently working on porting FotoSketcher to the Mac and should be able to upload an early test version soon
  • On Windows XP, some users have reported that version 2.30 gives an error message ('débordement d'entier', which means 'Integer overflow'). I have been unable to reproduce this error.
  • Fortunately, the error message does not seem to prevent FotoSketcher from working normally
  • In case you have problems, I have left version 2.25 available on
I have also uploaded a new video tutorial, showing how to apply multiple effects on an image, using the manual brush and some creative use of the clipboard and undo/redo.
Here is the video (opens in a new window): 

Best regards,


Thursday, March 29, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.30 is officially released

Hi all,

The latest version of FotoSketcher (2.30) is now officially available.

Go to to download the new and improved (and still 100% free) FotoSketcher!

So, what's new in version 2.30?
- new "Pencil sketch 4" effect (black & white or color)
- improved "Pen & Ink sketch 1" effect
- some interface improvements
- ini file bug fix (the ini file could not be saved on some versions of Windows, due to UAC)
- for Windows 7 users, a progress report is now shown in the taskbar application icon (useful if you minimize FotoSketcher during a long process). This idea was suggested by a user. Thanks ;-)
- the optional FotoSketcher toolbar setup has also been simplified and clarified

Here is an example of the new Pencil Sketch 4 effect:

And here are the parameters used:

Have fun!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.30 beta available


A beta version of FotoSketcher 2.30 is now available. You can download it here:

Apart from some minor modifications and optimizations, the main new feature is the Pencil Sketch 4 effect.

Here is an example:

And here are the parameters I used:

Have fun :-)

Best regards,


Friday, February 17, 2012

Testing a new Pencil Sketch effect

Hi all,

Just a quick update to let you know that I'm currently experimenting with a new pencil sketch effect.

Here are a couple of examples (the first one is just the new filter, the second is a blend with Painting 7):

Best regards,


Saturday, January 28, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.25 officially released

Hi all,

FotoSketcher Version 2.25 is now officially released!
As usual you can download it from the official web page here:

The main changes in this release are:
- new "Emergence" stylized effect (looks like a mosaic or shattered glass)
- 2 new languages (Hungarian and Turkish, thanks Zoltán and Ufuk)
- some interface improvements (larger menu fonts, prettier trackbars and new background pattern)
- many bug fixes (I guarantee that there are plenty left!)

I hope you'll enjoy creating art with this new version ;-)

All the best,


Monday, January 23, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.25 Release Candidate

Hi all!

I have just uploaded a close to final version 2.25 here:

If no showstopping bug is found, I will officially release version 2.25 in the next few days. The main changes are the new Emergence effect, two new languages (Hungarian - thanks Zityisoft and Turkish - thanks U. UĞUR), a few cosmetic improvements and some behind the scenes changes.

Here is an example of the new Emergence stylized effect (click on image for full view):

And here are the parameters I used:

Best regards,


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bug hunting - Thanks for your help!

Hi all,

Since making FotoSketcher version 2.25 beta available, some users were reporting crashes when trying to launch the program.
Despite testing on 6 different PCs, I had been unable to reproduce the problem.

Therefore, I added some code to do exception handling and thanks to the help of many users (and especially Peter from British Columbia!) I finally tracked down the problem to some corrupt components. For once, my code was not the culprit! After replacing these components, the bug finally disappeared. The current beta version can be downloaded here:

I still have a few changes to make, but I should soon be able to upload a release candidate of version 2.25. Stay tuned!

Thank you very much again for your help,


Thursday, January 5, 2012

FotoSketcher 2.25 beta available

Hi all,

I have just uploaded a beta version of FotoSketcher 2.25.
You can get it here:

Apart from a few bug fixes, the main new feature is the 'Emergence' effect (an evolution of the 'shattered glass' filter).

As usual, I welcome your feedback and would be glad to hear from you if you find any bugs!

All the best,