Make a Sketch From a Photo - Artistic Style of AKVIS Sketch

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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Make a Sketch From a Photo: Artistic Style


The Artistic style in AKVIS Sketch is designed to create expressive drawings that look like the handmade work of a real artist.

In this style, it is easy to create both a quick sketch and a girlefully drawn and shaded pencil drawing. The main advantage of this style is the ability to play with hatching and to vary the number of shadings and shadows to get natural tonal transitions. This style requires a good photograph. The best results can be achieved if the original photo was taken in the right light and has good contrast.

Original Image Pencil Sketch from Photograph
Pencil Sketch from Photograph: Artistic Style in AKVIS Sketch
(Move your mouse over the image to see the original version)


In the Sketch tab you can adjust the parameters for the photo-to-sketch conversion.

The parameters in the Artistic style are grouped in three tabs: Strokes, Edges, and Effects.


Strokes tab (hatching parameters):

    Original Colors. When the check-box is enabled, the program creates a color pencil drawing using the color range from the original image. When the check-box is disabled, the program uses the colors selected with the color plates below.

    Color Pencil Drawing
    Color Pencil Drawing

    Pencil Color and Background Color. If the Original Colors check-box is disabled, you can use two color plates to set colors for pencil strokes and background. Click on the plate and select a color from the standard dialog. Right mouse click on the plates resets the colors to their default values​​ (black and white).

    Changing Pencil Color Changing Background Color
    Changing Colors

    Lightness (-100 to 100). It is general luminance of the resulted image. The parameter determines how much light or dark strokes the pencil drawing will use.

    Dark Drawing Light Drawing
    Lightness = -50 Lightness = 50

    Angle (0-180). This parameter sets the pitch angle of the strokes. By default the strokes are drawn at a 45 degree angle. The parameter has values between 0 and 180 degrees; the step is 5 degrees.

    Left Slanted Strokes Right Slanted Strokes
    Angle = 30 Angle = 145

    Dispersion (0-100). It's a deviation of the hatching direction specified by Angle. The larger the value, the more chaotically strokes will be re-oriented from the general direction.

    Weak Deviation Strong Deviation
    Dispersion = 10 Dispersion = 90

    Min Length/Max Length (1-100). The parameter sets the full range of the possible stroke lengths. The stroke length is controlled by the position of two sliders on the same scale: the left slider sets the minimum stroke length while the right slider controls the maximum stroke length. You will see only the strokes greater than the minimum and shorter than the maximum settings.

    Short Strokes Long Strokes
    Min Length/Max Length = 4/20 Min Length/Max Length = 15/70

    Stroke Thickness (1-50). This parameter sets the stroke size. If you reduce the value of the parameter the strokes on the picture get thinner and harder, if you increase the value the strokes get wider and blurred on their edges.

    Thin Strokes Wide Strokes
    Stroke Thickness = 15 Stroke Thickness = 40

    Uniformity (1-100). The parameter defines a type of hatching. In large values ​the light and dark areas of the image are hatched evenly. Decreasing of the value leads to the selective hatching: the dark areas become more intense and get more strokes, while on the light areas we see less hatching.

    Non-uniform Hatching Uniform Hatching
    Uniformity = 10 Uniformity = 90

    Curvature (0-100). The parameter changes the strength of the strokes curvature under the influence of gradient areas. The higher the value, the more curve the strokes will be.

    Curve Strokes Straight Strokes
    Curvature = 10 Curvature = 90

    Hatching Density (0-200). It defines the number of strokes in the image. The higher the value, the less white areas remain. When the value is set to 0 only contour lines are drawn on the image (see the Edges tab).

    Less Strokes More Strokes
    Hatching Density = 20 Hatching Density = 135

    Hatching Intensity (0-100). This parameter changes the intensity of the strokes, as if drawn with different pressure and brightness.

    Less Intense Strokes More Intense Strokes
    Hatching Intensity = 20 Hatching Intensity = 80

    Cross-hatching check-box (only for Home Deluxe and Business licenses). It activates the special mode of drawing when the pencil strokes are drawn in different directions and intersect.

    Hatching Cross-hatching
    Hatching (the check-box is disabled) Cross-hatching (the check-box is enabled)

    Parameters of cross-hatching:

    • Rotation Angle (-90 to 90). It defines the angle between the main and additional hatching.

    Rotation Angle = 40 Rotation Angle = 90
    Rotation Angle = 40 Rotation Angle = 90

    • Frequency (0-50). It controls the intensity of the additional hatching.

    Frequency = 10 Frequency = 50
    Frequency = 10 Frequency = 50


Edges tab (parameters that affect how edges are drawn):

Hint: We recommend to adjust edges while the hatching is off. To do this, set Hatching Density to zero (in the Strokes tab).

    Sensitivity (0-100). The parameter helps to find the edges on the image. The higher the value the more contours will be drawn. To remove odd lines reduce the value of the parameter.

    Low Sensitivity High Sensitivity
    Sensitivity = 20 Sensitivity = 70

    Detail (0-200). The parameter changes the number of the strokes forming the contour lines. The size of these strokes is calculated automatically, depending on the value of Stroke Thickness (in the Strokes tab).

    Less Strokes More Strokes
    Detail = 10 Detail = 190

    Intensity (0-100). It lets you change the brightness of the contour lines.

    Less Intense Contours More Intense Contours
    Intensity = 15 Intensity = 90


Effects tab:

The parameters on this tab become active by clicking the Apply effects check-box.

    Shadows (1-30). The parameter enhances shadows giving your drawing more volume and depth.

    Without Shadows Shaded Areas
    Shadows = 1 Shadows = 30

    Noise (0-100). The parameter adds noise to the image increasing the shading effect.

    Weak Noise Intense Noise
    Noise = 10 Noise = 100

    Contrast (0-100). The parameter increases the difference between highlights and shadows. Using this setting, you can get rid of unnecessary details and make the drawing look "cleaner".

    Original Contrast Strong Contrast
    Contrast = 0 Contrast = 80

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Classic Style — Classic Style
   — Artistic Style — Artistic Style
   — Timeline — Timeline
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Background Effects — Background Effects
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Drawing on a Canvas — Drawing on a Canvas
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Pencil Sketch: Let's Draw a Tulip — Pencil Sketch: Let's Draw a Tulip
   — Convert a Photo to a Color Sketch — Convert a Photo to a Color Sketch
   — Transform a Video into a Cartoon — Transform a Video into a Cartoon
   — Sketch Gallery — Sketch Gallery
   — Pastel Drawing Technique — Pastel Drawing Technique
   — AKVIS Sketch in Architecture — AKVIS Sketch in Architecture
   — Graphite Pencil Portrait — Graphite Pencil Portrait
   — Watercolor Drawing — Watercolor Drawing
   — Artistic Processing — Artistic Processing
   — Watercolor Painting out of Photo — Watercolor Painting out of Photo
   — Winter Dream: Fairy-Tale Forest — Winter Dream: Fairy-Tale Forest
   — A Woman in a Tub: a Real Work of Art — A Woman in a Tub: a Real Work of Art
   — Watercolor Portrait — Watercolor Portrait
   — Pencil Sketch of a Pet — Pencil Sketch of a Pet
   — Postcard Framed in Pencil Drawing — Postcard Framed in Pencil Drawing
   — Baseball Photo to Color Drawing — Baseball Photo to Color Drawing
   — Make a Sketch from a Wolf Photo — Make a Sketch from a Wolf Photo
   — Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing — Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing
   — Wild Beast of Prey: Watercolor — Wild Beast of Prey: Watercolor
   — A Hand Draws a Hand — A Hand Draws a Hand
   — Convert Vector Drawing to Sketch — Convert Vector Drawing to Sketch
   — Portrait out of a Newspaper Clipping — Portrait out of a Newspaper Clipping
   — Quiet Harbor: a Watercolor Painting — Quiet Harbor: a Watercolor Painting
   — A Little Girl: B&W Pencil Sketch — A Little Girl: B&W Pencil Sketch
   — Westmuir Street in Glasgow — Westmuir Street in Glasgow
   — Sweet Couple: Create a Postcard — Sweet Couple: Create a Postcard
   — Black-and-White Image in Photo Frame — Black-and-White Image in Photo Frame
   — Dream to Reality: How to Blend... — Dream to Reality: How to Blend...
   — Christmas Card from a Photo — Christmas Card from a Photo
   — Artist at Work — Artist at Work
   — Friends in a Cafe: Sketch&Blur — Friends in a Cafe: Sketch&Blur
   — Versailles: Traveling to the Past — Versailles: Traveling to the Past
   — Drawing on Aged Paper — Drawing on Aged Paper
   — Self-Expression: Sketch in a Minute — Self-Expression: Sketch in a Minute
   — Two Beloved Dogs — Two Beloved Dogs
   — Orchid: Drawing in Watercolor Pencil — Orchid: Drawing in Watercolor Pencil
   — Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch — Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch
   — Cardinal: A Scene From Nature — Cardinal: A Scene From Nature
   — Variations On A Rose — Variations On A Rose
   — Cute Girl: а Pastel Drawing on Paper — Cute Girl: а Pastel Drawing on Paper
   — On a Bright Street (Sketch&Photo) — On a Bright Street (Sketch&Photo)
   — Mount Saint Michel Watercolor — Mount Saint Michel Watercolor
   — Gala Evening — Gala Evening
   — Radiant Girl: a Detailed Color Portrait — Radiant Girl: a Detailed Color Portrait
   — Parisian Chic — Parisian Chic
   — Toy Story: Create Your Own Comics — Toy Story: Create Your Own Comics
   — Video Clip Processing — Video Clip Processing
   — Creation of a Short-Film Storyboard — Creation of a Short-Film Storyboard
   — Smudging Technique on a Sketch — Smudging Technique on a Sketch
   — Making Embroidery Patterns — Making Embroidery Patterns
   — Quicktime Transition — Quicktime Transition
   — Red Oleander (Old Drawing Effect) — Red Oleander (Old Drawing Effect)
   — Seeing Eye Dog (Comic Book) — Seeing Eye Dog (Comic Book)
   — Produce Illustrations for an RPG Article — Produce Illustrations for an RPG Article
   — Student Project: City by Water — Student Project: City by Water
   — Timeline: Stop the moment! — Timeline: Stop the moment!
   — Sunny Sketch — Sunny Sketch
   — Electric Horses: Glowing Drawing — Electric Horses: Glowing Drawing
   — Reflections on the Garry Oak — Reflections on the Garry Oak
   — Creating a 3D Drawing — Creating a 3D Drawing


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