As much as I surround myself with great Mac apps to improve what little graphic artistry I have, gene manipulation still doesn’t work. I’m more Pablo Picasso than Norman Rockwell, but with the SketchMee app on my Mac I can be a little bit of both.
SketchMee is a pencil sketch generator that is both easy to use and fast, and the end result turns a simple photo into a work of art (talent gene not required).
Need proof? Plain photo meet artistry.
Grab a photo. Any photo. Then drop it into SketchMee. The floating palette of tools is simple to learn, though trial and error is your friend if you want to master the sketching.
Select the type of pencil, the level of detail, the kind of paper, and the stroke thickness and precision. Within seconds a plain vanilla photo becomes an artistic masterpiece.
SketchMee couldn’t be much easier to use, though I’d prefer to have slider bars in the tools. Speaking of tools, zoom in on an image and notice how crystal clear and sharp the sketched strokes really are. That precision translates to the exported .JPG image and to the printer.
The app is priced a few dollars above my threshold for throwaway money, but the developer does provide a try-before-you-buy option. There’s also a pro level version quite a few dollars more which outputs layered PSD files with even greater resolution. There’s also a version for both iPhone and iPad, but having all that screen real estate and extra CPU power on a Mac is worthwhile.