COMPANY: Little Ink Pot | URL: www.littleinkpot.co.uk | TYPE: Plug-in | PLATFORM: Windows | PRICE: £10/$18.00
The Sketcher plugin was created to provide illustrative effects to computer images, whether photographs, computer drawn pictures or 3D renderings. It can render smooth artistic pencil sketches, pen and ink illustrations, and a number of different halftone/threshold effects.

The Sketcher plugin comes with useful default settings such as the above pencil sketch rendering, ready to apply 'straight from the box'. Illustrative effects are made easy, ideal for designers, architects, graphics artists, hobbiests or anyone needing a quick artistic representation.

By combining the Sketcher plugin with the other functions of your graphics application, such as adjustment layers, you can open up many more artistic options. In the above, a pencil sketch rendering derived from a greyscale version of the photograph is used in a layer with the colour photo to produce a colour pencil sketch.

The Sketcher plugin is ideal for many purposes:
* For computer graphics professionals, the Sketcher plugin can add an artistic panache to work, and even save time on projects. For example a quality 'sketched' image can be created from lower quality sources saving on 3D raytracing time.

* For designers, the Sketcher plugin creates quick stylised images. Whether pen and ink work illustrating a flyer or a high contrast grainy photo cover art, the Sketcher plugin provides unique and fast solutions.

* For enthusiasts, the Sketcher plugin provides ways to pep up digital photos and add variety to the digital album, or provided emotive sketches of those family portraits.

The Sketcher plugin is available for the Microsoft Windows platform, and requires a host graphics application to run such as Photoshop or PaintShopPro. A free trial version is available and should be used before purchasing the plugin proper to ensure system compatibility.