The objective is mostly universal. We all want tools that we can apply to photos that enhance the image. At the low end of the scale are Apple’s own photo management apps, iPhoto and Photos, which bring users a few free tools to improve a photo. At the other end of the scale is Adobe’s complex Photoshop with every tool anyone could dream of to enhance a photo– with an ongoing price tag and learning curve to match the capability.
In between Mac users have dozens of what I affectionately refer to as one-trick pony apps for photos. Some provide dozens of filters and effects, some specialize in black and white tones, others create attractive collages; all cost a few bucks. Here’s one you’ll like.
It’s called Sketch Photo, and is about as new as a new Mac app can get. Think pencil sketch art, but derived from whatever photo you have. That means it’s just drop dead simple to take what seems like a mediocre photo of a scene or a person and turn it into a very artistic, professional look pencil sketch with little more than a few clicks.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s this worth?
Alright, Sketch Photo isn’t really a one-trick pony so much as it is a single style photo enhancement app. Photos can be turned into pencil sketches with simple adjustments to the pencil size slider bar, the sharpen slider bar, and options to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, temperature, and tint.
That simplicity means you can create a pencil sketch from any photo, adjust until the cows come home (trial and error is your friend), and end up with a result that is better than the original.
It’s unlikely you’ll want to use Photo Sketch on every photo, but it’s a simple and inexpensive way to add some diversity to your photos with little effort or expense.
Well done. Inexpensive. Small learning curve. Nominal list of features.