Getting Sketchy

Reading other design blogs is totally addictive – a perk of my addiction is that I’ve been turned onto about a zillion cool ideas and sources that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.  For example, Camilla recently blogged about FotoFlexer, a FREE online image editor that can turn photographs of your home (or anything, really) into a hand-sketched look in just seconds.

Check out how our den looks, all colorfully sketched and gorgeous:

our living room.sketch

I know, right??

I got that cool image just by uploading this photograph of our space that you might recognize from almost a year ago:


I’m in love.

Here are a few others that I played around with:

2nd flip kitchen.sketch

The kitchen from our 2nd flip.

our exterior.sketch

The exterior of our house.

our house.exterior.sketch

The exterior of our house in black & white.

dining chairs.sketch

Those dining room chairs it took me a year to finish.

To get this look, just upload a photograph to FotoFlexer, choose the “effects” tab at the top, and then scroll through the options until you reach “color sketch.”  That’s it!

The program does have a few limitations, like it seems to work best where there is a lot of contrast (like a white background with colorful furniture), and if your picture is especially large you might have to re-size it so that portions of your photo don’t get cropped.  Finally, I had hoped that this hand-sketched look would translate well to portraits of my adorable (I’m not at all biased) little girl, but for some reason photographs of people look kind of insane when using this tool.  Even with those few quirks, it’s still a pretty spiffy trick!

What do you think of the hand-sketched look?

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  1. Karen says:

    That is a really neat app. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chris says:

    These are really cool sketches! It’s hard to believe it came from an app! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cathy says:

    thanks for sharing—there are so many things out on the net that people are using now! I’m really liking Olioboard for alot of my projects…

  4. christy says:

    LOVE. Is this post on FB? I want to show one of my friends who I think would love it but I can’t find it!

  5. Aimee says:

    This is soooooo totally cool! I can’t write any more because I have to try the site out right now!

  6. Charisse says:

    I use this some in my design work. It takes a little time to learn to utilize all the choices available, but it offers some easier to use and actually, even a few better choices than what is available in iPhoto. It is also just fun! I always find it amazing that apps like this are free to use, and appreciate that a lot. Thanks.