If you’ve read TeraTalks for any length of time then you know I’m something of a graphic designer wannabe. I have all the tools– Macs, Photoshop, various and sundry one-trick pony apps– and some talent mixed in with desire. Sounds good, right?
Unfortunately, the way genes works means I can blame my mother and father for more than a touch of color blindness which makes it more difficult to find employment in my field of desire. That hasn’t stopped me from trying and that means an ever growing list of tools even I can use.
Enter ArtStudio, the perfect Mac utility that takes regular photos and turns them into beautiful pencil-inspired sketch images and with little more effort than point and click and move a few slider bars.
Check it out.
What you get with ArtStudio is a remarkably straightforward interface with no challenges whatsoever. Load up a photo, select a specific preset and frame, make adjustments to line, color, sharpness, intensity, contrast, and noise.
Or, adjust colors from slider bars for saturation, brightness, contrast, exposure, gamma, and hue, or click to AutoEnhance. Or, click to make the image black and white. That settings works wonders for me.
It doesn’t take much effort to take a somewhat bland, ordinary, nondescript photo and turn it into a unique piece of art.
Grab a photo, drop it into ArtStudio, make a few adjustments here and there, and ipso fact alakazam– a unique sketch image.
ArtStudio comes with a perspective line tool, image and color correction, and the standard built-in social media sharing options. It also has dozens of frames to select and each background can be altered to highlight the foreground image.
The app is one of a dozen or so of what I call one-trick pony apps for graphic designers and wannabes; some that do what you can do in Photoshop but not as quickly or as easily, and definitely without Photoshop’s somewhat lengthy learning curve and subscription forever pricing.
There’s not much to ArtStudio and that’s the beauty. Pencil sketches are easily obtained from everyday, humdrum photos of lesser notoriety. Worth every penny, but unfortunately there is no try-before you buy option. For me, anything beyond $2.99 needs a trial version, so caveat emptor.