Monday, December 23, 2019

Early test version of FotoSketcher 3.50

Hi all,

Just in time for the holiday season, I've uploaded an early test version of FotoSketcher 3.50. You can download it here:

I have replaced the old Painting 4 effect (which was really dated) by a brand new painting effect. Here is an example (source photo credit Christopher Alvarenga on Unsplash):

The code is not optimized yet, so processing times can be really long. Also, this is still a proof of concept and the final effect might look somewhat different.
In particular, the brushstrokes are still a bit crude and I will try to make them more realistic in a future release.

However, I have had fun testing the new algorithm and on some images the result looked rather good, so I wanted to give you a test version for you to play with.

I wish you all a Merry Xmas and happy holidays!

Best regards,


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Update on the upcoming FotoSketcher 3.50

Hi all,

Just a quick word to let you know that it has taken longer than I expected to fine tune the new painting effect for the upcoming version of FotoSketcher.

The proof of concept looked promising, but the rendering times of the new effect were far too long and optimising strategies either did not speed things up enough or lowered the quality too much.
So it's back to the drawing board (pun intended)!

In the meantime, here are 3 examples with the same number of brushtrokes, but with 3 different quality settings (increasingly accurate stroke placement):

- example 1 - low quality (relatively fast):

- example 2 - medium quality (slower):

- example 3 - high quality (slowest):

I'll continue to keep you posted here as I make progress.

All the best,


Friday, August 9, 2019

Back to the Windows version of FotoSketcher: new 3.50 release in the works

Hi all,

I'm taking a break from porting FotoSketcher to other platforms and I'm currently experimenting on a new algorithm for the upcoming 3.50 version for Windows.

Here is an example of the new painting effect that will be added (click on image to view in full size):

Disclaimer: this is a work in progress and the released effect might look different.

I'll keep you posted when a beta version is ready for you to play!

Best regards,


Friday, March 29, 2019

Watercolor made with a development version of FotoSketcher for Android

Hi all,
The Android version of FotoSketcher is still under development and one of the first effects I have ported is the Painting 9 (watercolor) filter. 
The following image was made on my phone in roughly 10 seconds (texture and border where then added with the help of FotoSketcher for Windows). The photo was taken by me in my hometown of Lyon in France (the bridge is the Lafayette bridge on the river Rhône).
My goal is to have a multi-platform version of FotoSketcher which will run on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.
By the way, I have been told that some apps on the Apple, Google or Microsoft stores use the name FotoSketcher. These apps are usually not free and seem to be pretty low quality. In no way are they made by me. Unfortunately, this is blatant plagiarism and parasitism.
The official FotoSketcher homepage will always be:
But enough of that, what's truly important is that you have fun playing with the real FotoSketcher!
Kind regards,