Turn your digital photos into paintings, drawings, or cartoons with FotoSketcher

…And now, for something completely different than where I have ventured before, I present you FotoSketcher.


FotoSketcher (FS) is an extremely fun and simple yet powerful digital image manipulation software that, thanks to its more than 20 built in effects, can turn your digital photos collection into works of art. Basically FotoSketcher lets you turn your images into paintings, drawings, or cartoons using its built-in effects. See that dotTech logo in the top-left corner of this article? Yeahhhhh son.

The process is pretty simple: load a picture, choose the effect, tweak the options while watching the preview, and press the Draw Button. Just like that. In that order. Over and over.


Before looking into the actual application take a look to what examples of what can be done with FotoSketcher:


Like I said, it´s pretty simple. When you fire FotoSketcher up you will see this:

Afterwards, it all resumes to the toolbar buttons like…

  • The Modify Source Image button, where you can change settings such as Luminosity, Contrast, Saturation or Blur/ Sharpen:

  • The Drawing Parameters button which is probably the most important one since it allows to choose the Drawing Style (a.k.a. the effect):

  • The Add Text button:

 What? Not true?

The remaining saving, loading, etc. functionality is pretty much the everyday basic stuff that you find in most of the software available nowadays.


Since FotoSketcher is freeware/donationware it’s really a no brainier kind of opportunity. The software looks good, works fine, tastes great, and has a very interesting selection of effects.

So, what are you waiting for; grab FotoSketcher from the links below. Take note the installer version of FotoSketcher comes bundled with a toolbar — be sure to not accidentally install that.

Version reviewed: v2.25

Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7

Download size: 7.6 MB (installation version), 5.1 MB (portable version)

Malware status: Installation Version VirusTotal scan results (0/43) / Portable Version VirusTotal scan results (1/43)

Price: Free

FotoSketcher homepage

[Installation version direct download]

[Portable version  direct download]

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  • Ashraf

    [@Highlander] The download link is directly from FotoSketcher’s website, so the warning is for them.

  • This Is a great software and freeware!
    Very impressing and looks great.


    Thank you!

  • Highlander

    I use ESET and have tried several times to download Fotosketcher (via dottech) run, download & save, download & save as, and each time ESET stopped the dowload with this message:

    “Access to the web page was blocked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus. The web page is on the list of websites with potentially dangerous content.”

    This message seems to be directed at dottech.org…Ashraf ???


  • rachana

    Use any paid antivirus or Internet security.U will be amazed.
    Avast will feel all other acclaimed software to be sand boxed,if it is totally free in many instances.


  • Howard

    In all fairness to the this program, I just downloaded and installed the PORTABLE version (that’s all I use anyway is portable versions of software) Avast had NO problem with it. So, I can vouch for the portable version being “clean as a whistle”. And, playing around with it’s various options of what it can do to a photo can get pretty addicting! LOL! It’s a keeper for me. Thanks Ash for letting us know about this.

  • Howard

    We should send this software to Avast for their analysis team to go over it. If they give it a “green light”, THEN I will install it. Good idea folks?

  • Ashraf

    @njwood60, @Heather, and @Dixon: I don’t know why Avast sandboxed it but as far as I know, FotoSketcher is clean. VirusTotal finds it to be clean, too.

  • Leandro


    Just because I mentioned the man´s name does not mean I´m a “connoisseur”…

  • Dixon

    Avast surrounded it too on my system. Any advice on this or is there any freeware that can do the same.

  • Heather

    If Avast “surrounded” it, you can be sure the software is BAD. Avast being the BEST free anti-virus around BTW.

  • When I start fotosketcher Avast tells me that it may be unsafe and wants to open it in the ‘sandbox” Anyone else had anti-virus programs suggest that fotosketcher is suspicious? Thanks

  • PeterA

    I have been using Fotosketcher for a few years now, and (for those who like to “digitally paint” on their photos, Fotosketcher is a fantastic tool! Easy to use, free and its creator (a Frenchman from France) is really keeping his baby alive! Always lots of new tools and creativity in it. I don’t have any link with him, but I like what he’s doing! And did I mention it was FREE! :-)

  • Ashraf

    Will I be judged if I say I had to Google “Rembrandt” before I understood what Leandro was trying to say?

  • Steve Kunkel

    FotoSketcher has been one of my faves for years…

    Another fun tool for ‘filtering’ photos is to install the GIMP http://www.gimp.org/
    Then install the plug-in G’MIC http://gmic.sourceforge.net/gimp.shtml
    Pretty cool :)

  • Giovanni

    And to turn your digital photos and video clips into nice movies….


    Portable version also available!!!


  • Donna Dawson

    This looks simple to use and I find it interesting. Will give it a try.