FotoSketcher – hand drawn look to your SketchUp image


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Put the art back into your images with FotoSketcher. FotoSketcher is a free program which can help you convert your digital images into art automatically using fully adjustable filters. If you want to turn a portrait, a photograph of your house or a beautiful landscape into a painting, sketch or drawing, then look no further. FotoSketcher will do the job in just a few seconds. With FotoSketcher you can create stunning images in no time.

We recently spoke to David Thoiron, the developer of FotoSketcher and asked him to give us some more information and background on himself  and his software. This is what he said…

“I live in the lovely city of Lyon in France, where my day job is being an independent telecoms consultant. I have always loved to program computers from an early age as a hobby ever since I started playing with the Apple II when I was a kid (ouch! that was a long time ago!). Over the years I have programmed many small games (including a chess game which could beat me hands down) and graphics programs. I started toying with the idea of a program which could turn a digital photo into a sketch in 2007 and quickly programmed the very first version of FotoSketcher. I thought that the results were pretty good and on a whim, I decided to put it on the web for free so that people could play with it and try it out. Over the years I have been really surprised and humbled by the number of people who have downloaded and used FotoSketcher (over 2 million downloads). It makes my day when people all over the world send me messages to tell me how much they enjoy using and playing with FotoSketcher. I have recently purchased a few digital image processing books to improve the filters and I am currently working on a complete rewrite of FotoSketcher (with a better user interface, layers, undo/redo capability…). It might still be a few months before the new version is released though”.


Different drawing styles are available with adjustable parameters.  Starting from ‘Pencil Sketch’ to ‘No Effect’ at all. To familiarize yourself with these effects you can quickly experiment with them all individually to get some idea on how they effect your image. You can also improve your original image with some of its simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…). You can batch process a load of images if you want and add frames too. Another thing you can add to your picture is ‘Texture’. Basically this option will give you a paper or canvas surface texture feel to your images. There are a couple of other bits and pieces to help complete your project and all pretty simple too.


Drawing Styles

Sample Images and Settings

Eric Lay – 3D Artist

Our good friend and 3D artist, Eric Lay, has been using FotoSketcher for some time now and incorporated it into some of his work-flow. He sent us some remarkable results and sample screen-shots of his settings. Here are some of his images and settings.

PhotoSketcher image by Eric Lay 05

Painting 5 Watercolor

PhotoSketcher Settings by Eric Lay 05

Painting 5 Watercolor Settings

Some more of Eric’s SketchUp work using FotoSketcher for final image.

PhotoSketcher image by Eric Lay 01

Image 1 by Eric Lay

PhotoSketcher image by Eric Lay 03

Image 2 by Eric Lay

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Image 3 by Eric Lay

Robert Scott – 3D Artist

Here are some images by Robert Scott of Robert Scott Residential Design. Robert’s residential design business provides full service home planning as well as architectural graphic and illustration support.Here are a couple of really great images by Robert with an additional thanks to Susan Sorger of Entourage Arts for her support and advice.


Garden Shed Watercolor


Garden Shed Settings


Entry Detail


Entry Detail Settings

Oliver Shea – Part II Architect/3D Visualiser

A collection of stunning images by Oliver, showing his use of FotoSketcher. Oliver is also a tutorial contributor here at SketchUpArtists.


Image 1 by Oliver Shea


Image 2 by Oliver Shea


Image 3 by Oliver Shea


Image 4 by Oliver Shea


Image 5 by Oliver Shea


Image 6 by Oliver Shea


Image 7 by Oliver Shea

Used on its own FotoSketcher is fantastic freeware and used in conjunction with photo editing and rendering software, really amazing results can be achieved.

You can see more examples and advice on Fotosketcher over at David Thoiron’s website and download FotoSketcher here.

A good tutorial to start with on how to use FotoSketcher:

9 Responses to “FotoSketcher – hand drawn look to your SketchUp image”

  1. Diane Hoxworth on August 4th, 2010 4:08 pm


  2. Riandy Novianto on August 26th, 2010 4:57 am

    Thanks David

  3. gustavo zovich on September 6th, 2010 12:37 pm

    muy claro y muy buena herramienta…¡
    Muchas gracias…

  4. David on January 10th, 2011 7:10 pm


    Just a quick word to let you know that I’ve released FotoSketcher 2.00 (



  5. admin on January 10th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Great news David, look forward to trying the latest version out!

  6. rh_rhd on September 6th, 2011 7:20 am

    thanks so much, u’re so kind!

  7. Jean on August 2nd, 2012 6:15 am

    this is quite the program. I am having trouble printing my drawings. Please let me know how I can print an image.

    thank you
    Vancouver canada

  8. admin on August 2nd, 2012 2:20 pm

    Once you have your output imaged saved, open FotoSketcher, click on the Open Picture icon, top left and find the image you saved. Run whatever filters you want and then click on the small printer icon…job done. You can also click on file to do all these operations..if its some other kind of problem you will need to elaborate more…

  9. resvic on June 8th, 2013 6:13 am

    i appreciate these renderings….nice one.

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