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Nowadays almost everyone is registered in social networks. We keep online status updated every day, share photos and comments, follow our friends’ news. To have a nice profile is a matter of prestige. You can use a photo of your own in a profile image, create an amusing avatar or turn your photo into a cartoon. With a pool of web applications available online, an image conversion to cartoon takes few clicks.

There are 2 ways to cartoonize photos:

1. Cartoon Effect

The majority of photo editing websites offer the so-called Cartoon Effect. The main advantages of online photo to cartoon effect apps are simplicity and quickness. You’ll have to upload a photo from your computer or from the web, find Cartoon Effect in the tool set or choose between styles or variants of this funny photo effect (like in case of www.picturetopeople.orgKuso Cartoon ) and press the button Apply (or Go). The image processing varies from several seconds up to 1-2 minutes.


However, as all quick online solutions these apps have drawbacks. A lot of photo online photo editing tools are rather humdrum because they are deprived of enhancement features. In these apps cartoonization is limited to 1-click operation. Besides, sometimes colors may become blurred and it leads to an unsatisfactory result.  Such apps as,, AnyMaking  and others belong to this group.

At the same time there are online photo editors with more advanced tools. They have a variety of adjustment options. For example, BeFunky helps you modify sketch brightness, contrast, smoothness and other details.

BeFunky Cartoon Effect

2. Pencil Sketch

Another means of cartoonization is making a pencil sketch out of your digital photograph. Whenever you apply Cartoon effect your images turn bright and cheerful. If you want to render a solid atmosphere and achieve respectability in your online profile pencil sketch creation will suit your needs better.

The image manipulation procedure is just the same as described for the cartoon effect. Upload a photo, select the desired effect, push the button Apply and you are done. The application does its job instantly by itself.

PhotoSketcher, Fotosketcher, Dumpr, Tuxpi photo editor and many other applications give you an opportunity to convert your snaps to life-like pencil sketches.

Pencil Sketch Effect

Besides, you can decorate your profile photo with a cute photo frame and even create a photo with your favorite cartoon character.

Amaze your nearest and dearest, friends and coworkers with a cool profile photo, stand out from the crowd and attract more followers and fans in social networks. You know, the first impression is the strongest)).

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  1. Mark

    Very intelligent post with useful considerations. Since many time ago, I would like to see people discussing about this kind of subject. We – non professional designers – really need more free graphic tools able to generate professional results.

    I have been looking around in Internet for a long time searching for the best pencil sketch effects.

    In my opinion, most sites are unable to make the job (turn a picture into a pencil drawing), because they usually just can make poor transformations, like the one you have shown (a simple “find contours”).

    I believe Picture to People has the only tool that currently can make a convincing pencil sketch from a photo: it generates a real drawing with a very complex set of strokes that match the original image.

    Take a look at one of this:

    Why can’t the other sites offer this kind of software? Their developers know Computer Graphics too, don’t they?

    Thanks and keep doing a great job.

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