It's no secret that we, as parents, love to take
pictures of our kids. In a previous post, I shared some apps that
allow you to take photos that look like they were taken by
professionals. Now, I want to share some super cool apps that
transform your photos into works of art (just in time for
I've always longed to have a sketch artist do a
charcoal drawing of our kids. But I've had a hard time
pulling the trigger on this given the exorbitant price tag
that is often charged for them. Luckily, I just found this
little app that does just that.
PicSketch allows anyone to turn a photo into a
charcoal sketch with just a few taps.
Here's how it works: After downloading the app,
select a photo from your camera roll (or you can take a new photo).
Adjust the crop of the image. Across the bottom of the screen are
thumbnails of different brush strokes and you can just tap on which
one you want to apply. Make sure you scroll through all the
thumbnails as my preference are for the lighter ones that are
further to the right. There is also an option to change the
background color of the paper that your sketch will appear on. Then
watch as your image is transformed.
Here's the picture of my son that I started
Here's the charcoal rendering.
I love the delicate detail of this drawing so much
that I'm having it framed for my bedroom. This app is $1.99 in the
The Waterlogue app transforms your photos into
beautiful watercolor sketches that look like paintings, all
without the mess of a paintbrush and paint. It approaches the
editing of your photos with an artist's eye.
Once you've downloaded the app, it's easy to select an
image from your camera roll and watch it morph into different
painting styles that appear along the bottom of the screen.
Each different filter has a thumbnail example of it's
specific effect. Here's an example of the dramatic
A somewhat generic picture of my daughter. Truly
nothing special and most likely one that would eventually be
Now here's the watercolor version:
I'm thinking this is perfect for a Valentine's Day
card for the grandparents. Waterlogue is $2.99 in the app
Before you delete your photos, try these apps to
turn them into something special. Have fun creating!
Chrissy Jones is a local Chicago mom blogger with three children (12,7 & 4). Her blog Beyondthepark.com showcases the best special events, activities, restaurants and products for Chicago families.
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