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

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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Make a Sketch From a Photo: Classic Style


The Classic style in AKVIS Sketch lets you create color and B&W drawings with well-defined contour lines.

A characteristic feature of this style is its accuracy: the image looks as if it was primarily created by contour lines with the addition of hatching. Though this mode is versatile and good for many purposes, it is the most suitable for technical illustration, architectural images, and other pictures where you would like to attain good detail.

Original Image Pencil Sketch from Photograph
Pencil Sketch from Photograph: Classic 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.

There are three parameter fields in the Classic style: Strokes, Edges, and Effects.

    Note: You can see the conversion result immediately, as you move the slider, only in the Preview Window. To convert the whole image, press the button or click on the After tab.


Strokes tab (hatching parameters):

    Original Colors. When the check-box is enabled, the program imitates 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 (by default black and white).

    Color Drawing Black and White Drawing
    The check-box "Original Colors" is enabled The check-box "Original Colors" is disabled

    You can change the saturation of the colors by moving the slider to the right of the check-box. As the value of this parameter is increased, the colors in the image become more intense and bright.

    Saturation = 0
    Saturation = 0
    Saturation = 100
    Saturation = 100

    Pencil Color and Background Color. If the Original Colors check-box is disabled, you can use two color plates to set colors for the 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

    Angle. The parameter sets the pitch angle of the strokes when hatching a uniform area (an area that does not contain edges and intensity swings). By default the strokes in such areas are drawn at a 45 degree angle. The parameter has values between 0 and 180 degrees; the step is 5 degrees.

    Angle = 45 Angle = 135 Angle = 90
    Angle = 45 Angle = 135 Angle = 90

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

    Stroke Thickness = 5 Stroke Thickness = 9
    Stroke Thickness = 5 Stroke Thickness = 9

    Min Length/Max Length. This parameter sets a range within which the stroke length can vary. There are two sliders to define the range borders: the left slider sets the minimum length, the right slider sets the maximum length. The resulting sketch will be made up of strokes that fall within this range.

    If you reduce the minimum length, the number of strokes and the detail of the image increase. Visually the drawing becomes darker. If you increase the value of the minimum length, the number of strokes is reduced (strokes shorter than the set minimum do not get drawn). Visually the image becomes lighter and neater.

    If you increase the maximum length, the hatching becomes less uniform. The higher the value of this parameter, the longer strokes can be drawn on the picture. However, if the value is too high it may worsen the precision of the hatching.

    Min Length/Max Length=1/4 Min Length/Max Length=8/16
    Min Length/Max Length = 1/4 Min Length/Max Length = 8/16

    Midtones Intensity. This parameter defines the intensity of the midtone strokes, as if drawn with different pressure. As you move the slider to the left, the midtone strokes fade - becoming dim and blurred. As you move the slider to the right the midtone strokes become thicker and more intensive.

    Midtones Intensity = 1 Midtones Intensity = 10
    Midtones Intensity = 1 Midtones Intensity = 10

    Midtones Hatching. This parameter changes the level of hatching in the midtone areas. If you want to reduce hatching move the slider to the left.

    Midtones Hatching = 1 Midtones Hatching = 100
    Midtones Hatching = 1 Midtones Hatching = 100


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

    Edge Strength. This is the main parameter used to control edges, by adjusting the intensity of lines and details. At lower levels there are fewer edges and the level of detail decreases, while at higher values more edges are drawn and more detail is present.

    Minimum Detail
    Edge Strength = 0
    Moderate Detail
    Edge Strength = 50
    Maximum Detail
    Edge Strength = 100

    Edge Tracing. This check-box is used to detect the additional edges between areas that don't have well-defined transitions in brightness. Its affect can be adjusted further by these two parameters:

    • Sensitivity. The higher the value of this parameter the more transitions between colors will be retrieved and the more edges will be defined by lines instead of hatching. If you want to emphasize the edges, increase the value of this parameter.

      Low Sensitivity
      Sensitivity = 10 (Edge Width = 15)
      High Sensitivity
      Sensitivity = 80 (Edge Width = 15)

    • Edge Width. This parameter defines the thickness of the outliness. At higher values of this parameter the edges will be drawn by thicker lines.

      Thin Lines
      Edge Width = 10 (Sensitivity = 70)
      Thick Lines
      Edge Width = 60 (Sensitivity = 70)


Effects tab:

    Watercolor (0-50). The parameter lets you add the watercolor effect to your drawing. By default it is set to 0 which corresponds to a pencil drawing. As you move the slider to the right (that is, increase the value of the parameter) the strokes get blurred, contrast and detail get weaker, as if the strokes were drawn on wet paper. The higher the value of the parameter, the stronger the effect. We recommend to use this parameter together with Coloration to get a watercolor drawing.

    Watercolor = 10
    Watercolor = 10

    Charcoal (0-10). The parameter changes the drawing technique from a fine pencil drawing to charcoal. The higher the value of the parameter, the more the result looks like a charcoal drawing.

    Charcoal = 7
    Charcoal = 7

    Coloration (0-100). The effect adds color to a drawing provided that the original image contained color information (if the image is not grayscale). By default the value is set to 0. When you increase the value, the drawing is mixed with the original picture.

    Coloration = 40
    Coloration = 40

    Smudging (0-30). The parameter creates the effect of smearing hatching in midtone areas without affecting the contour lines of the drawing. This technique looks like a result of rubbing across a drawing with a stump tool, smooth paper, or a finger. By default it is set to 0 at which there is no smudging effect. At higher values the appearance of shaded areas changes. Shading becomes similar to soft graphite. It is a fast and simple way to add a soft and blurred texture to a sketch.

    Without Smudging Effect With Smudging Effect
    Smudging = 0 Smudging = 30

    Extra 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 = 100

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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