When I got my first printer, I was very eager and excited to print new things. First I printed letters, applications and other text material I could download from the internet. Then I moved on to printing photos, funny games and paper-cuts. Soon I realized that there is more to printing photos than just snapping them with your digital cameras and sending them to the printer. You can apply so many effects like sepia, gray-scale, sketch, borders, type something on them and so on. Usually you need advanced programs like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop to do these tasks. But if you want to just apply sketch effect to your photos before printing them or sharing them online, then you can use the free Instant Photo Sketch from the CPS Software.
The Instant Photo Sketch program is a bare bones photo editing program designed solely to apply the sketching effects to our photos. Using this program is as easy as playing tic-tac-toe. All you have to do is open a photo by clicking on the open button in the Instant Photo Sketch window toolbar. It supports opening the files of various types including JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF etc.
After you have loaded the image into the Instant Photo Sketch program, you can click on the small green colored play button in the toolbar to convert it into a sketch. You can adjust the white and black color balance in the sketch by using the two sliders. A better result is obtained for photos with plain background (like walls or sky in the background).
You can also save the sketch in form of the JPEG or PNG image files, so that you can print it out using your printer (the sketch image being gray scale, you do not need a color printer) or share it over social networks.
Conclusion: The Instant Photo Sketch is a small but efficient photo to sketch converter. Though it applies just one effect, it does the job perfectly well. It also allows you to customize the sketch effect by adjusting the white and black content in it.
You can download Instant Photo Sketch from http://clipping-path-studio.com/instant-photo-sketch/.