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:
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:
The kitchen from our 2nd flip.
The exterior of our house.
The exterior of our house in black & white.
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?