How to Turn a Photo Into a Pencil Drawing

by Erin McManaway
Image converters can "draw" a photograph for you.

Image converters can "draw" a photograph for you.

Free online tools can convert any digital photo file on your computer into a pencil drawing. You can use these stylized sketched photos in art projects, crafts or even as part of a gift. These online converters are free, and you can convert as many photos as you need into pencil drawings. Once the website has converted the digital photo, you can use a graphics program to edit or print the pencil drawing.

Image Editor

Go to the Image Editor website (see Resources). Place a mark next to the "Sketch" option.

Click the "Browse" button and select the photo file on your computer. Click the "Submit" button and allow the converter to change your photo.

Right-click on the pencil drawing and save the image to your computer.

Resize.it

Navigate to the "Advanced Tools" section of the Resize.it website (see Resources).

Click the "Browse" button and select the photo file from your computer's hard drive.

Check the box next to "Convert the image to a sketch." Place a mark in the box next to "GrayScale the image."

Click the "Okay" button and wait until the converter turns the photo into a pencil drawing. Right-click on the pencil drawing and save the image to your computer.

Photo Pencil Sketch

Open the Photo Pencil Sketch website (see Resources).

Click the "Browse" button and select the photo file from your computer. Click the "Continue" link and allow the site to upload and convert the photo.

Right-click on the pencil drawing and save the image to your computer.

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera notebook image by Victor M. from Fotolia.com