Ever since I started in photography many years ago, I’ve wanted to create a “painterly” effect. That is, an effect that is more a poetic expression of a scene than a literal recording of it. I’ve talked about this before. The Corel Painter products I have now are very good but rather complicated and expensive unless you are really dedicated. I haven’t achieved the skill level I need to show you much with those programs but I recently found free photo sketching software that I find exciting. I want to show it to you, and if you are also interested in a painterly effect, you might want to try it too. It is simple to use. This software works on Windows computers but not Macs.
This was a shot at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in southern Indiana year ago November. I liked it without the painterly treatment but I like it even more after running it through FotoSketcher. I don’t know why David Thoiron, the developer of the software, hasn’t charged even a nominal amount for it.
If you try it you will find there are many choices in painting styles and variations within those styles. I find it liberating.
Try it, you’ll like it.