Convert Photos to Pencil Drawings with AKVIS Sketch!
Now with Real-Time Drawing


March 13, 2008 — AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.6.5 for Windows and Macintosh. Now the software converts photos to realistic pencil and watercolor drawing in an entertaining way. The new Real-Time Drawing feature allows controlling photo-to-sketch conversion and even interrupting the process when the required result is achieved. The new version is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor. Upgrade for registered users is free.


AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor drawings. Make any photo look like a B&W or color drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or color pencil, charcoal or watercolor painting.

Version 6.5 presents a new feature - Real-Time Drawing. The new feature allows observing the conversion of a photo into a drawing/watercolor in real time and even interrupting the process when the required result is achieved. Now the program does not only deliver a high-quality result but is also fun to use.

Besides, the Color Strokes mode has been streamlined to get a better result.

Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch’ s features. Take a look at a gallery of examples (many created by users).

Sketch can be used on many occasions. Surprise your friends and relatives by presenting them their pencil portraits. Make a watercolor drawing out of a photo from your last nature shooting to decorate your room. Convert your own photo into a color sketch to print on a T-shirt. Create a comic out of your party videos.

The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement booklet.

AKVIS Sketch has a simple interface with a few sliders. At first you can process the image with the default settings and then touch up the photo adding color, or trying different techniques - from pencil to charcoal or watercolor. You can make the hatching denser or finer and change the pitch angle of strokes. After that, you can apply a texture to imitate a painting on a canvas.

Using batch processing in Photoshop or Paint Shop pro (only for the plug-in version) you can even convert a film into a cartoon.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at the Product page.

Upgrade for registered users is free!

AKVIS Sketch is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor.

The plugin version of AKVIS Sketch is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, and Ulead PhotoImpact. AKVIS Sketch runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4, PowerPC G3 and above.

AKVIS Sketch Home license (plug-in or standalone) sells for $72 USD or 55 Euro, downloadable from Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Sketch, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite ) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $513 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.


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