Tuesday, May 3, 2016

FotoSketcher for Android - progress report *** update: Android test app available ***

Hi all,

As promised, here is a quick update on the FotoSketcher for Android proof of concept. I have started experimenting with direct pixel access (which is needed for my algorithms) and as a testbed I have ported part of the Painting 9 algorithm.

Here is a screenshot of the work in progress (obviously the interface will be improved!):



On my 3 year old development PC, the process takes about 4 seconds to produce the 1024 x 681 pixels picture. On a Galaxy S6 Edge, the same process takes about 1 minute and 35 seconds. This means that I will need to optimize quite a bit (if possible) and that processing large images will take a long time...

Hey, at least it works ;)

Best regards,

David

06/06/16 update: you can download (at your own risk!) an Android executable here

You will need to allow your Android device to allow untrusted applications to be installed, so it's for advanced users only.

Just load or take a picture using the bottom buttons and then click on the FotoSketcher logo in the top left corner to launch the effect.

This is a proof of concept, which allows you to take pictures or load them from your image gallery and turn them into watercolors. 
You can also save the result in the image gallery.
At this time, it os not possible to modify the effect parameters (it will look good on some images, not so much on others). 

Don't hesitate to let me know if it works for you or if you encounter any problems.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

www.fotosketcher.com new responsive website

Hi all,

I have finally updated the FotoSketcher website to be responsive, with the help of my friend Martin (thanks, Martin!).

www.fotosketcher.com


More and more users now surf from phones or tablets and the old website was no longer adapted. This is also relevant as I am currently porting FotoSketcher to the Android platform.

So far, FotoSketcher on Android can :
  • take photos with the phone camera
  • open existing photos from the image gallery
  • zoom in or out on the photo
  • apply simple image filters (sharpen, Gaussian blur, contrast and brightness)
  • apply a simple pencil sketch effect
As you can see, there's still a lot of work to do :)

I'll keep you posted and for those of you who want to test it, I will upload an apk file in the next few weeks.

All the best,

David


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Just a quick word

Hi all,

Just a quick word to let you know that I've been very busy at work since the beginning of this year and unfortunately I have not been able to spend as much time as I wanted on FotoSketcher (PC program and future mobile app).

But, I'm still working on FotoSketcher and I will keep you updated here.

In the meantime, here is an abstract piece, made entirely in FotoSketcher 3.20 (click on image for full view):

untitled - March 2016 - made in FotoSketcher 3.20

This was a fun experiment. I first pasted a screenshot of my desktop in FotoSketcher and reduced the size to 1% of the original dimensions. I then increased the size by 300% a few times and ran the Painting 10 effect a couple of times.

Best regards,

David

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
May 2016 bring you joy and happiness :-)

Regarding FotoSketcher, I'm currently working on various fronts:
- tweaking and improving Painting 10
- researching a new painting effect
- porting some effects to the Android platform
- testing WineBottler (http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/) for our frustrated Mac friends ;-)
- finishing the new website (live soon)

Here is an example of Painting 10 on an image from the great www.unsplash.com website (click on image to view a larger version):

Best regards,

David

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FotoSketcher Painting 10 - very nice user submitted examples

Hi all,

A FotoSketcher user from South Wales (a country close to my heart) was kind enough to send me a couple of images he created with the Painting 10 effect.

With his permission, here they are (click on the pictures for a larger version):


copyright Steven Samuel

All the best,

David

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Experimenting with "Painting 10"

Hi all,

I'm currently working on the "Painting 10" effect in order to improve the painterly look. Here is an example on a portrait (click on image to view in full size):
Best regards,

David

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A nice video of my hometown

Hi all,

I'm currently working on version 3.30 of FotoSketcher for Windows and have also created a small Android app to test the possibility of creating a multi-platform version of FotoSketcher.

All this takes a bit of time, so to help you wait, here is a nice video of my hometown Lyon (or Lyons in English):



All the best,

David

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For 64-bit Windows users

Hi all,

If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, you might want to download the new 64-bit portable version of FotoSketcher (available here: http://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html or here: http://www.fotosketcher.com/PortableFotoSketcher_3.20_x64.exe).

Processing speed is roughly the same as with the normal 32-bit version of FotoSketcher, but much larger images can be used without encountering 'out of memory' errors.

I have successfully tested with a 12 000 x 8 000 pixels source image at 300 dpi. Rendering was pretty slow though ;-)

Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any problems with this 64-bit version.

All the best,

David

Friday, August 28, 2015

FotoSketcher 3.20 is officially released

Hi all,

FotoSketcher 3.20 is now officially released. As usual, you can download it here: http://www.fotosketcher.com/download-fotosketcher/

This version has better Windows 10 support, improved memory management (Pencil Sketch 1 and Linear Halftoning), a new popup window previewing each effect and various bug corrections.

Tip: If you wish to hide the new popup effect, simply edit the FotoSketcher.ini file (found in C:\Users\"username"\AppData\Roaming) and change True to False below the [Preview] line.



Original photo copyright ASSOCIATED PRESS / MATT SAYLES

Have fun with FotoSketcher!

David

FotoSketcher is 100% free for personal and commercial use,
but if you feel overly generous, you can buy me a nice cup of coffee ;-)
 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FotoSketcher 3.20 beta 1 available

Hi all,

Thanks to the feedback of many of you I believe I now have a stable version of FotoSketcher 3.20.
Here is beta 1 which should be close to the final release (unless a last minute show stopping bug is found of course): http://www.fotosketcher.com/FotoSketcher_3.20_beta1.exe

This version adds a popup preview window next to the drop down list of effects, improves Windows 10 compatibility and memory management and also solves a number of bugs.


All the best,

David