By Studio Mee
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SketchMee is the most advanced automatic pencil sketch generator in the world, but very easy to use and super fast. Sketches are actually drawn, stroke by stroke, on a blank paper.
SketchMee was selected by Apple as a main front page feature app in Mac App Store, March 2011.
The successful SketchMee apps for iPhone and iPad have redefined what's possible to achieve in computer generated art with just a few taps, leaving even desktop computer software behind. Until now, that is.
SketchMee on a Mac brings the technology to a whole new level. The processing power enables the algorithms to shift into higher gears and generate new and incredible results. What became possible surprised even ourselves during development!
EASY TO USE
All you need to do is to open an image file. It is then automatically processed with the great default settings. Then just save the result.
The somewhat more advanced user may want to change some settings in the control panel. A small number of well balanced, very powerful controls are available for you to try out. A good way to start experimenting is to try the 10 built-in presets on your photos by pressing Cmd-1, Cmd-2 etc. And should you find your own favorite settings, store them as new presets.
If you want to use only a part the input image, just click "Crop Input…", select a width-to-height ratio, zoom, pan, and crop. Reset crop at any time to restore the original input image.
Traditional image filters just produce an image the same size as the input, but not SketchMee: A sketch is made up of thousands of mathematically defined pencil strokes, layered in clever ways to achieve the correct amount of shading in every part of the image. This powerful approach enables some unique features:
• Regardless of the size of your input image, your sketch can be saved as a 16 megapixel, perfectly sharp, high quality JPEG, fit for any use.
• Even if you crop your sketch heavily (click "Crop Output…"), you can save the remaining sketch fragment as a sharp, full resolution, 16 megapixel JPEG.
• Zoom in as deep as you like to inspect the strokes. They appear perfectly crisp at any zoom level.
SketchMee performs the highly complex processing in parallel, making full use of every processor core in your Mac. Both when analyzing the input images and when rendering the finished sketches to screen at any zoom level, all to keep waiting times at a minimum. Processing is often finished in seconds!
SketchMee Pro is now also available. It enables some very powerful features attractive to professional or advanced users, the main additions being *extremely* high resolution output, layered Photoshop PSD output, and vector PDF output! Also available in the Mac App Store.
What's New in Version 1.5
• Setting randomizer: Hit Cmd-R to discover weird setting combinations to start from!
• Contrast effect added.
I have only used this product for one day, but I have tried it on numerous photos and I can report that the results are poor. From people's faces, to cars, to pets the sketches turned out simply do not represent the detail or snap required for a good image. A good drawing has very dark blacks and the range of tones to white - or the color of the paper - are usually numerous, at least five to eight. This good tonal range is lacking in this version of the program. This sketching program uses cross hatching exclusively and this feature alone destroys the ability to gain great detail. Note that the examples shown use many kinds of strokes, but that must be for the more expensive program (I presume) because this cheaper version has none of those variations of strokes. All you get is cross hatching which isn't adequate for a lot of pictures. None of the choices given to vary the picture include different kinds of strokes (scribble, dots, strokes going only one way etc).
Most really good drawings have what I will call "snap." That is, the range of tones and color (if color is used) offset one another in a way that catches the viewer's eye with the contrast and the color banance. This program does not provide that snap. Great photographs have that same quality, thus, a good photograph, when sketched, should have snap. Somehow, this program just doesn't provide that quality that is so important to making a drawing good.
I do not recommnend this program even at the extremely good price. I will not be using it for anything as it would be a waste of my time.