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Jan 25, 2012

Sketcher for Mac – Review

by Stephen Ashby

Use Sketcher to turn pictures into works of art in just a few clicks

Sketcher for Mac - ReviewSketcher for Mac - ReviewThere are all kinds of software that profess to do this trick, some costing hundreds of pounds. This offering from NeatBerry is probably the best value you will find for an app of its kind. What’s more, it’s one of the quickest working apps of its type we’ve ever seen.

The premise is very simple: drop a picture onto it, select a filter and the app will take over. You can pick from pencil, watercolour, pastel, oil, paint blend and water mix. From there you can then change a number of other settings using the sliders below. When you are ready to make the cSketcher for Mac - Reviewhanges you click the Process button at the bottom of the settings interface. What’s really good about the app is that you can mess around with the settings and just push the Process button again to make changes to the compositions. The processing is so quick that you can do this until it’s perfect.

Sketcher for Mac - Review
The app works fast to make your normal photo into something more arty

The results can be very hit and miss depending on the colour and composition of your shot. It works really well with landscapes where there are sweeping contrast, like the sea anSketcher for Mac - Reviewd land together. It also works well when there is a primary focus, like a picture of boat or train, or house. Getting it to work for shots of people is a little more tricky and will require you to play with almost all of the settings to make them look decent. This is worth being patient with as the results can be pretty awesome. All in all this is a terrific product for the price. There are a couple of niggles that could become irksome, like the lack of iPhoto integration, but there is no doubt that this application is a complete bargain. We highly recommend that you give it a try.

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