Convert Photos to Pencil Sketches

The SoftOrbits Sketch Drawer program can turn any image into an accurate sketch. With different styles and presets like pop art, pen drawing, high contrast sketch etc., you can now give your images a beautiful twist!

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Great photos are pieces of art. But nowadays even the best photo with amazing color gets only a few seconds of glance. People keep scrolling on social media, where there are thousands of photos to view.
With some creative editing, you can give your images extra magic which will hold everyone’s attention! By converting a photo into a pencil drawing, you can take images to the next level and stand out in the crowd. Moreover, sketches and drawings make for amazing gifts for your friends and family. You can even use such pencil sketches to practice your own drawing and painting skills!

Convert Photos to Pencil Sketches..
Software to Convert Photos to Pencil Sketches..

Let us learn how to turn any photo into a realistic sketch within seconds.

How to Turn Your Photos into Pencil Sketches

SoftOrbits Photo to Sketch Converter makes it easy to create a drawing from a photo. You will get options to control things like shading, edges, colors, intensity of the detailing used and much more.
And the best part is that you don’t need to be a sketch artist yourself! Sketch Drawer detects the outlines and colors of the photo on its own and shows a live preview, so you can see the changes while editing.

Here are the steps you can follow!

Add file

Install Sketch Drawer on your computer and open it. You will see an Add File option which can be used to upload the image to be edited. You may drag and drop the photo too.

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Select sketch style

Sketch Drawer will show you a toolbox on the right. It contains the different styles and presets you can use to create a drawing, and other settings to control the color, intensity etc.

There are three styles offered – Realistic, Detailed and Classic. Let us learn a little about them in brief!

Realistic Style: This style works well for most photos, since it balances detailed shading with a minimal look. It is great if you want to retain the light and shadows from the photo, but do not want a lot of complex hatching and lines.

Detailed Style: Detailed style will focus on converting almost every pixel of your image into a sketch, without leaving any blank space. For example, this style will change detailed areas like trees and hair of a person into a detailed sketch. Even white areas will be given some light shading here!

Classic Style: Classic style is perhaps the closest to a simple pencil sketch. It is great for portraits, since it keeps the outline and features of the face, but does not add unnatural details or shading. Classic is great for making line drawings with a soft look!

Select sketch style..

Select the preset

While the style decides the overall look of the photo, the preset will control the shading and colors used, like a filter for selfies. All the three styles contain many presets each!

For example, Sketch Drawer gives you effects like felt-tip pen, pastel, color drawing, expressive and much more. We will discuss a few important presets in the next section.

Select the preset to Convert Photos to Pencil Sketches..

Adjust the final settings

After you have selected the style and preset for your photo, you can make fine changes to the contour, edges and shading of the sketch. These options are available in the toolbox itself!

We will go through these settings later.

Select settings of Sketch Drawer..

Save file

After all the adjustments are complete, simply click on the Run button. Sketch Drawer will convert your image, which you can then save!

Select settings of Sketch Drawer..

Convert Your Photo into a Sketch with A.I.

Sketch Drawer’s smart algorithms help you create the perfect pencil sketch. With more than a dozen presets available, you will always find the one which works perfectly for your image.

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In this section we’ll go through a few of the best ones!

1. Light brown: Like the name suggests,1. the Light Brown preset will give you a sketch which looks like it’s been made with a HB pencil. It works well for still life and simple nature photos, since the light brown color feels very natural and rustic.

2. High Contrast: High contrast effect will give you a black and white sketch with bold black lines and shading. If there are any white areas, this preset will give it a light grey shade, and dark areas will be completely black.
3. Expressive: One of the most colorful presets, Expressive creates a colored sketch with lots of small details and lines, instead of general shading. It suits most photos since it matches a detailed pencil sketch closely, without looking artificial.

4. Pen: The pen preset becomes very useful if you want to practice your drawing skills. Since it mimics the look of a pen, the lines are thicker and easier to trace. It works well for simple photos that do not have a lot of details, as the focus goes to the strong outlines instead of the shading and hatching.
5. Schematic: With the highest contrast level, the Schematic preset creates a completely black and white sketch without any shading. You can use this if you want a completely white background with only bold outlines.

6. Pop Art: Probably the preset that suits all types of images, Pop Art creates a colored sketch with very thin, fine lines. This effect resembles lightly-colored sketches made with pencil very accurately, and does not look like something created by software.

Creating line art by using additional options

Sketch Drawer offers complete control over the process, and you will be able to control the type of shading used, texture, intensity and the colors used.

Additional options for converting Photo to Sketch..

Right below the Style and Preset options, you will see 3 other settings – Contour, Hatching and Colorize.

1. Contour: Contour settings affect the outlines and detailing in the photo. If you click on Enable, you can adjust the Edge Strength, Smudging, Intensity and Strokes. Moving the Edge Strength slider to the right will increase the level of details, and moving it to the left will decrease it. Increasing the Smudging will blend the lines with the background and give a paintbrush-type look. Adjusting the stroke settings will change the length and thickness of the lines used to create for the drawing.

2. Hatching: Hatching refers to the crisscross pattern used for shading. Increasing the edge strength here increases the amount of hatching in outlines, while increasing curvature increases the hatching in areas of detail. Midtone intensity affects the shading in parts which are neither very light nor very dark. You can even reverse the direction and look of the strokes used using the dropdown options.
3. Colorize: You can enable Colorize to add color to a black and white sketch. There are two options under Colorize – Normalize Histogram and Color Shift. By clicking on Color Shift, you can choose which color will be used for the sketch.

Convert Your Photo into a Sketch with Colorize..

How to Convert Photo into Pencil Sketch Online?

If you want a quick solution for which no software needs to be downloaded, you can use the PhotoFunia website online.

By simply uploading the photo, you can generate a pencil sketch within seconds!

Open the PhotoFunia website. Use the search bar on the left to look for the Pencil Drawing effect.

How to Convert Photo into Pencil Sketch Online..

Click on the Pencil Drawing option to open the upload page. Select the image to be converted into a sketch.

Pencil Drawing Online..

If you want your photo to be colored, select the rainbow box. You can also choose the type of paper that will be used as the background. Click on Go once you are done.

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Download the converted sketch!

Free Photo to Sketch Converter for Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with a Microsoft app store that contains many photo editors. One of the apps designed to convert photos into sketches is the Pencil Photo Sketch Maker.

Pencil Photo Sketch Maker..

It is available for free and contains options like black and white sketch, colored sketch, adding stickers and writing text over the photo.
Although it contains a few extra filters and the option to doodle over the image, the actual conversion is not always natural and realistic here. SoftOrbits Sketch Drawer is a more advanced program, and can generate sketches which look more natural.

Also, Sketch Drawer contains more options for customization and provides control over the shading and strokes used, along with more than a dozen presets. Pencil Sketch Photo Maker does not let you adjust important settings like edge strength, stroke thickness and colors used.

Smartphone Apps to Turn Photos into Sketches

While Sketch Drawer is designed for your computer, there are sketch apps designed for your smartphone. There are many free apps available with different styles of pencil drawings, like the Pencil Drawing Art for Android phones.

Pencil Drawing Art..

In this section, we will quickly compare Sketch Drawer with Pencil Drawing Art, so that you can see which one is best for you!

Sketch Drawer

Pencil Drawing Art

Advanced program designed to work on your computerFree app for Android smartphones
Let’s you choose between 3 styles and apply presets like felt-tip pen, schematic, color drawing, high contrast, pop art etc.Contains only presets like soft pencil, dark pencil, color sketch, red and blue sketch, comic etc.
Offers more control through settings for contour, hatching and colorPresets cannot be customized, and only a few effects offer control over the intensity
Cannot add text or stickersAllows you to add text and stickers or draw over the image within the app itself

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