The author of this tutorial George Crofton sent us his story:
"A client, a builder of homes and barns, contacted me with an advertisement idea. His motto is “If we can sketch it, we can build it”. He had envisioned a graphic that would show the blend of a sketch and a photograph of his barn. He did not have any photograph of his barn with him, so I selected a photograph from my files. I decided to use Xara Xtreme Pro and AKVIS Sketch to create an example for my client to view."
Note that this tutorial was made with the old version of AKVIS Sketch. Now the program offers a special effects in the Background tab. You can use the new features to blend the original photo and the drawing, and even to blur some parts of the image.
Also, now you can use Sketch in its standalone edition, as an independent application, as well as a plugin to image editors.
George tells us how he achieved this beautiful result using Xara software and the Sketch plugin:
The result will be shown in the After tab. If you are not satisfied with the result, set another values of the parameters and click the button again.
I've changed the color of the strokes from black to light blue.
I showed the result to my client, he was very excited.
I honestly feel that AKVIS Sketch is the most amazing program that I have tried. Just look at the image below.