From PhotoArt to PhotoArt Paintings

As I was beginning work on a new photo art project the other day, I was looking around for a Photoshop technique that would allow me to “hand paint” part of my photo. Photoshop is not really designed to be a painting program and although I did find several tutorials that demonstrated how to paint photos using Photoshop, it’s not a simple process and the results are not that spectacular.

Thanks to google though, I did find an amazing piece of free software called FotoSketcher that allows you to turn your photos into paintings with a click of a button. This is one of those rare finds on the internet that is too good not to share because besides being free, it’s also a really useful tool that you can use as a complementary program to Photoshop.

Here are some of the results I got from playing around with my image.

Original image


Soft brush strokes with a soft texture


A pencil sketch with paper texture


An oil painting


You can even add a frame to your masterpiece.


But best of all, you can hand paint isolated sections of your image. The background is an oil painting, the flower petals are a watercolor painting with texture, and the flower center is untouched. Too cool!


FotoSketcher is only for Windows – sorry macs – and you can find it here.

PS – To get the most out of this software, be sure to check out the video tutorials that explain how to use it.

4 thoughts on “From PhotoArt to PhotoArt Paintings”

  1. Ruthie Farrand The Embellishment Lady

    Oh Linda I love watching you create! It really helps to see lots of examples of your experiments. Thanks also for sharing your great finds. This technique will be wonderful for a trash to treasure project for my shoppe. I’ll post the results of my experiment on my site so you can see how your student fares. Blessings and thanks again.
    Ruthie Farrand

  2. FYI, I found a really cool APP in the Ap Store feature. It is not free but very cheap. It is called, “Waterlogue”. I don’t have a smart phone or photoshop, but I do have an I-Pad Air. With its camera, I take a lot of nature shots. With this App, I can change any of my photos into a watercolor painting. I just thought you would like to know of another method. I enjoyed your post. Thanks

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