PicSketch is a US$1.99 universal app that takes any photo on your iOS device and turns it into an image that looks like it was sketched. Using the app is a two-click operation. One click lets you select the style of sketch, another click lets you select a color or mono background.

You can explore several of the options, and when satisfied either save the photo or share it. The app gives you 22 pencil sketch styles, 5 sketch effects like B&W and color, and 18 different retro-looking sketch backgrounds.

The app works as advertised, but I never felt the photo itself had the true look of a sketch. Instead, it looks like a photograph that’s surrounded by brush strokes. Meanwhile, significantly more expensive applications like Photoshop and third party plug-ins can achieve the effect more successfully. PicSketch produces nice result without looking like a true sketch.

PicSketch does have some handy editing tools, like a crop feature and control of brightness and contrast.

You can get some nice effects from PicSketch, but I think it falls short of emulating a true pencil or charcoal sketch, something that has been achieved by other software. My Sketch HD, for example, sells for the same price and I think gets a look closer to a pencil drawing.

PicSketch requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is optimized for the iPhone 5 series.

Daily iPhone App: PicSketch turns your photos into sketches originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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