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 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
Here are some examples of the new "Painting 2" effect (click on the images to view in full size):



Best regards,


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.

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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:

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and optimizations that I'm working on, but you should be able to enjoy the new Painting 2 effect (which replaces the outdated bilateral filter).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!


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,


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: (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,


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,


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,