FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.

You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc...) and add simple or realistic frames and text.

FotoSketcher is completely free (even for commercial use, if you wish to sell your pictures) and does not contain any adware, spyware or virus. It runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 (sorry, no Mac version available).

I have created FotoSketcher as a fun project and I hope that you will enjoy using it.


  • 100% free
  • over 20 effects
  • no artistic skills needed
  • over 5 million downloads
  • available in 19 different languages

What's New

Main bug fixes:

  • preview would not update when changing a parameter value
  • issues when minimizing of the parameter window
  • issues with image rotation
  • program freeze when going to the website from the "About window"
  • program would sometimes freeze when changing the opacity of text

New features:

  • New Painting 11 advanced painterly effect, which allows custom brushes (transparent png images)
  • In addition to Painting 4, possibility to run Painting 9 (watercolor) and the new Painting 11 on the current image, without starting from a blank canvas. This allows much more versatility and is supported in the scripting engine
  • Parameter files and script files made with older versions of FotoSketcher can be loaded
  • Directories for loading and saving images are saved, allowing easier navigation
  • Directories for loading and saving scripts and custom brushes are also saved

Note: The installer for this program comes with an optional toolbar so read the installation screens carefully.