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How to Turn a Portrait of My Dog Into a Drawing

By Rach DePaoli | Photo Editor Tutorials

If you are looking to transform a photo of your doggo into a drawing, look no further than BeFunky’s Photo Editor! Our Artsy effects offer a one-click solution.

In a previous article, we talked about best practices for taking pet portraits. Now, you can turn that photo into a drawing! The real deal can be a time-consuming process, but with our drawing effects, it's possible to go from photo to drawing in just seconds.


How to Turn Your Dog Photo Into a Drawing

Ready to turn your dog portrait into a drawing? Follow along!

Step 1: Upload a Photo of Your Dog

To get started, head to the Artsy tab in the Photo Editor. Drag and drop your pup photo directly onto the canvas, or upload it from your computer. To turn your dog photo into a drawing, there are two main effect categories we suggest – Pen Art and Sketcher.

open artsy category

Step 2: Choose and Customize Your Drawing Effect

We've chosen to use our advanced Pen Art GFX effect, found in the Pen Art category, to transform this dashing photo of our doggo into a classic ballpoint pen drawing. Use the slider to adjust how much of the effect is applied.

If you're happy with it as-is, click on the checkmark. But we've got a few more edits to make!

settings on pen art

You can selectively apply this effect by clicking on the Select tab. Apply the effect without disrupting your background by selecting Foreground from the Apply To dropdown. You can also apply the effect with more control by using the brush tool.

adjust pen art

Step 3: Save Your Pup Pen Art Drawing

Lastly, select Save at the top of your canvas. Choose your preferred location, and you're done! We suggest saving it as a PDF and choosing Print Quality for printing and framing or gifting.

save dog drawing

Final Results: Turn Your Dog Into a Drawing

With our drawing effects, it's easy to transform a photo of your precious companion into a digital drawing. Take a look at the before and after:

pup after pen art
before pup



Other Drawing Effects to Choose From

If pen drawing isn’t your ideal medium or style, you can choose from a range of other styles for your art! Simply try any of these effects in the Artsy tab to turn your pet portraits into art.

Cross Hatch DLX

Cross-hatching is a method of line drawing. The whitespace of the canvas is used to represent light, while shadows are created by using patterns of crossed lines. If you want to add some depth and dimension to your pet portrait, try Cross Hatch DLX from our Digital Art collection.

cross hatch after
cross hatch dog before



Charcoal GFX

Our Charcoal GFX effect can capture the fine details of your canine friend with the powerful, bold linework of a charcoal pencil. It can be found in the Sketcher category, alongside our classic sketch style effects.

dog charcoal drawing after
dog photo to charcoal drawing



Sketcher GFX

Sketcher GFX emulates a classic, graphite sketch drawing in just seconds. This effect applies sharp and detailed linework to your pet photos, resulting in a tidy and impactful work of art.

puppies sketch effect
puppies in field



Turn Your Dog Photos Into Pen Art

Turning the photos of your dog into pen art is easy with BeFunky’s Pen Art effects! And it doesn't stop there – you can transform pet photos into cartoons, watercolor paintings, oil paintings, and more.

Go From Photo to Art in One Click

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