How to Turn a Photo Into a Sketch Outline

Written by james stuart
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How to Turn a Photo Into a Sketch Outline
Sketching is the first step in converting your photographs into hand-drawn pictures. (Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images)

It will take years of practice and considerable talent to turn your photographs into sketches by hand. Your first attempts might not turn out as you intended. Fortunately, a number of options are available for people who want to turn their photos into sketches. Several companies offer photo-conversion services. You can also get a sketched look by using filters in photo-editing software. Select a photo you want to convert and then use one of the options available to you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Select a photo that would look good as a sketch. Some photos might be difficult to sketch or wouldn't suit the medium. Be sure that the photo is something you would like to look at every day.

  2. 2

    Hand draw an outline or sketch of the photo. If you're not confident in your drawing ability, upload the photo to your computer.

  3. 3

    Use photo-editing software on your computer to transform your photo into a sketch outline.

  4. 4

    Browse websites such as Sketch Me that convert photos into sketches if you're not satisfied with your results from steps 2 and 3. Send an e-mail to a few different companies and compare their samples to find a service you like. If you just want the outline of a sketch, tell the company exactly what you want and ask if they can execute it to your liking.

  5. 5

    Select a service and send them your photo. It should take a few days before you receive the sketch in the mail.

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