I just downloaded David Thoiron's image-to-art FotoSketcher conversion freeware to help photoshop some of my digital pics into art images for a quilting project, and I thought it might be of interest to anyone who likes to tweak their pics. I'm really impressed by how simple this freeware is to use; I started working on it right away with no problem. Here are screen shots of some different conversions I did with it (click on image to see larger version):
Photo to Watercolor
Photo to Colored Dots
Photo to Brushstrokes
Photo to Pen & Ink Sketch
FotoSketcher offers about a dozen different types of conversion filters (primarily pencil, pen and paint effects) but you can tweak the settings to get different looks. The only problem I've found with the program is that you can't clear an image you're working on; you have to close the program (disclaimer: I just may not have found the clear-screen command yet.) The brushstrokes and other paint-type filters are pretty cool because you can watch your image being digitally painted by the program as it constructs the conversion.