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The Best Artsy Effects For Turning Photos To Sketches

By Melanie Doncas | Basic Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials

We’ve all dreamed of being the next Picasso, but what happens when you put pencil to paper, only to not be able to bring your creation to life? Whether you’re trying to sketch a portrait of your partner, dog, or favorite landscape, sometimes you just can’t perfect those little details.

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For all the times you want to draw but don’t have the skills (or time), BeFunky’s Artsy effects are a great lifehack. Whether you want to turn photos to sketches for social media or for home decor, all you need is your favorite photos and a BeFunky Plus account to create all kinds of cool sketches - no actual art skills required!

Photo to Sketch Inspiration

When it comes to turning your photos into sketches, there are plenty of different styles to choose from. Below, we’ve rounded-up our favorite BeFunky Sketch effects, as well as how you can use them to turn your own images into stunning works of art.


If you love linear sketches, but lack the precision, then the Sketcher effects have got you sorted. You can easily turn your favorite photo (whether it be a portrait, landscape, or anything else you’ve snapped) into a sketch-like drawing – no graphite pencils, eraser, or sketch pad necessary.

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In this photo, we’ve used Sketcher 6 to turn our photo into a colorful sketch.


Artists from several ancient cultures used ink in their fine art drawings, and now you can too. Forget the inkwell and quill, however, as BeFunky’s Inkify effects help you achieve the look without the mess and within just a click of your mouse!

Inkify photo effect by BeFunky
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Whether you want your image to be black and white or color, there’s an Inkify effect to suit every type of masterpiece. Here, we’ve used Inkify 4 to resemble the style of earlier ink artworks.

Cross Hatch DLX

Put simply, cross hatching uses fine parallel lines drawn closely together (like mesh) to create the illusion of shade or texture in a drawing. Sound time-consuming? Trust us, it is. Instead of spending hours hunched over a piece of paper with a pencil in-hand (and the sharpener within reach), there’s an easier way.

cross hatch photo effect by BeFunky
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Our Cross Hatch DLX effect mimics this unique technique, all in a single click!

Ink Wash DLX

Looking for a softer, sketchy look? The Ink Wash DLX effect mimics some of your favorite cartoons or works by pop art artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. These artists used oil and Magna paint in their artworks, whilst concentrating on thick outlines, bold colors and fine dots. You can save yourself time, effort, and expenses in art supplies by using our Photo Editor’s Ink Wash DLX effect instead.

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Whatever your art style, it’s so easy to transform your favorite photos into your favorite sketched look, right on your computer screen. We’ll show you how next!

How to Turn Photos to Sketches with BeFunky

Ready to turn your own photo into an impressive-looking sketch? To get started, go to BeFunky’s Photo Editor and upload your image.

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Next, click on Artsy followed by Digital Art in the left menu. In here, you’ll find all of the cool, artistic effects we showcased above, including Sketcher, Inkify, Cross Hatch DLX, and Ink Wash DLX. These DLX effects are found within the Digital Art category.

For this tutorial, we’ll be showing you an in-depth look at the Ink Wash DLX effect, although the process for all Artsy effects is largely the same. Simply click on your desired effect to apply it to your photo. You’ll notice that there’s three options within your effect: Settings, Cancel, and Apply. To edit specific settings of your effect, click on Settings. Here, we have the choice of altering elements such as Amount and Detail Level.

Plant, Person, Human, Flower, Blossom, Flower Arrangement

Amount refers to how strong or weak you want the effect to appear on your photo. Detail Level can be adjusted to either increase or decrease how detailed the effect is.

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And if you'd like to selectively apply the Artsy effect to your image, you can do that by clicking on the Erase tab (next to adjust) and painting the effect on part of the photo. Once you’re happy with how the effect looks, click the blue check mark button to apply it.

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Then, all that’s left to do is to save your photo. Click on Save at the top of your screen to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more!

If you want to come back to your project at a later date (i.e. to add some extra effects to it), then we also recommend the Save as Project option (which lets you save it as an editable BeFunky Project file to your BeFunky account or Computer).

Final Image

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Ta-da! Your artistic image might have taken just minutes to complete, but it looks like a masterpiece you’ve been working on for days.

Who knew turning your photo into a sketch could be so easy (not to mention fun)? To get in touch with your inner artist (no paint brushes or artist’s smocks necessary) click the link below to head to BeFunky’s Photo Editor and try our Artsy effects for yourself!

Go From Photo To Art In One Click.

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