Photo to Drawing or Painting with Color Filters


Turn digital photos into art. You can make camera pictures look like paintings, drawings or sketches by changing the colors. Grouping pixels together can make the image look like a painting. Reducing the number of colors can make it look like a drawing. Edge detection can make it look like a sketch. Use crayon colors to make it look like it was made using crayons. Switch to 1 black color on a white background to make it look like a charcoal drawing.

In the pictures above I altered the colors using color filters. Fantasy is often better than reality. Reducing the realism in an image can make it more interesting. Images that look like they were done by hand can look impressive. Try to make the photo you took with your camera look like a photo of someone's art work. Make it look like it was made on paper, a painter's canvas or a chalk board.

Experiment to see what you can create with this paint program. Start by opening the menu and loading a photo.


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For examples and more detailed instructions visit How to Turn a Photo Into a Painting or Drawing

The program was made for and tested on a laptop. It may not work as well on your phone. If you block the webcam then you will need to refresh the page to allow the program to use your camera. Select Small, Width, Height or Full to change the maximum canvas size. The paint effects use the Reduce colors value. The By# option stands for paint by number. It uses the Edges and color match values. For the Pix option set the radius as the pixelate width and the intensity as the length.

The paint filters change the picture one pixel at a time. A medium size image would be over a million pixels. It could take more than 30 seconds to make a picture you took with a camera look like a painting. Creating the oil and spray painting effects take longer with a larger radius. This program can use a webcam, video or a picture. Play or pause videos using the Video checkbox. Uncheck Take Picture when you want to replace the original with the current image.

I obtained crayon, marker and pencil RGB codes from Jenny's Crayon Collection and paint ones from Paint Maker. When the Custom color option is selected you can 'Add' colors from the displayed image or from the other color lists. Click the name of the option to add the list or select an area on the image to add a single color. The Custom number is for skipping pixels. Increasing it may reduce the number of colors. Usually color lists should contain less than 300 colors.

Warning, if you use more than 1,000 colors when using color lists then making the picture will take a long time and it will probably look identical to the original.

Copyright Michael Hadwen
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