Some of our photos might be masterpieces, but for most of us iPhoto’s albums are replete with the mundane photos of family, friends, co-workers, vacations, and holidays.
Sharing photos with family and friends is a good thing, but there’s a way to add style to those drab photos with Sketcher, a completely misnamed but somehow appropriate app description to turn photos into sketches.
Take any ordinary vanilla photo from iPhoto and drop it into Sketcher. Select from one of the filters and the photo becomes a hand-made drawing, an oil painting, a pencil sketch, and more.
Here’s an example of a simple photo converted to an oil painting using the oil filter.
The filters can mimic different types of oil painting techniques. Here’s another plain image converted to a watercolor using the watercolor filter.
Similar effects can be added to photos for a pencil drawing look, and a pastels drawing look.
The tools in Sketcher are straightforward but require a little trial and error. Select a filter, adjust the brush size, strokes, edge, and precision. You also get controls over contour, shading, saturation, and texture.
The end result is a classy looking hand-drawn image or photo from a plain photo in your collection.