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How to turn a picture into a sketch

Edited by Ben Jacklin
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Today’s photo editors let you add some interest to your images by applying different filters and effects. For example, you can transform your photo to a sketch or make it black and white. While black-and-white photos look stylish, they can be a little stale; on the other hand, photos that look like pencil sketches are sure to impress your Instagram followers. But how do you turn a photo into a sketch?

Convert a photo to a drawing with Movavi Photo Editor! This powerful software will make a work of art of any photo. Just download the program and turn a picture into a sketch by following the instructions below.

Step 1. Install Movavi Photo Editor

Run the setup file and follow the instructions on your screen to complete the installation.

Step 2. Add your photo

Launch the app, click the Browse for Images button, and choose the image you want to edit. You can also drag the image into the program window.

Upload a photo to Movavi Photo Editor to make sketch

Step 3. Adjust the image parameters

The outlines of objects in your selected photo should be sharp and clear. To create this effect, select the Adjust tab and increase the Contrast and Sharpness in the image by moving the appropriate sliders to the right.

Adjust the image parameters

Also, it’s generally better to make the image monochrome. Click the Effects tab. The list of available filters will appear on the right of the program window. Select the Grayscale filter and click Apply.

Make the photo monochrome for better photo to sketch effect

Step 4. Turn image into sketch

Go to the Effect Groups list and choose the Artistic group. Scroll down the list of filters and select the Sketch filter.

Turn photo into sketch with the Sketch filter

If you want to change the intensity of the filter, move the Intensity slider on the filter preview until you like the result. Click Apply to save the changes.

Change the intensity to finish turning picture into sketch

Step 5. Save the result

Click the Save button in the bottom right corner of the program interface. In the new window that opens, choose the format and destination folder for the output file. Then click Save.

Save the sketch

You can use our sketching photo editor to make an ordinary photo look like a line drawing by a professional artist, as well as edit your photos in many other ways. It’s easy to bring your creative ideas to life with Movavi Photo Editor!

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