GNU Image Manipulation Program is an all-purpose graphic design application that works with all major operating systems: Windows, Macintosh and Linux. GIMP is capable of tackling almost any graphic design project, including the transformation of a photo into a line drawing or sketch --- a task it can accomplish in just a few clicks.
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Open GIMP. If it is not installed on your computer, use Synaptic Package Manager, YUM, or Yast --- whichever fits your Linux distribution --- to install the program. You can also find downloads at GIMP's website.
Open the photo in GIMP.
Select "Filters" > "Artistic" > "Photocopy."
When the dialogue box opens, move the slider for "Percent White" up, toward 0.500. Watch the preview window to assess the look of the finished product.
Click "OK" and wait for GIMP to process the change. After 10 to 20 seconds, you will see that your photo has been turned into a line drawing.
Tips and warnings
- You can also use the Predator filter and then the "Color" > "Invert" tool to create a sketch.
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