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7 free apps to turn your photos into drawings

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To transform your photos into drawings it is no longer necessary to have the artistic gift. Currently, there are several applications, available for Android and iOS, that make the image look handmade.

The apps offer different editing styles, from cartoons to artwork. We selected 7 of them to choose the one that best suits your needs. Check out!

1. Deep Art Effects

Deep art effects

Deep Art Effects’ proposal is to transform photos and selfies into true works of art. Therefore, it offers more than 40 styles of art in photographic filters. The effects applied can have their intensity changed according to the user’s desire.

The program’s developers were inspired by big names in painting to create the filters. Among them are Van Gogh, Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Dalí. It is as if it could still be painted by them.

The result is saved in HD, Full HD or Ultra HD quality. No photos are saved on the app’s servers, ensuring complete user privacy.

The Deep Art Effects is available for Android and iOS 

2. PicsArt Photo Editor

PicsArt Photo Studio

PicsArt Photo Editor is a photo editor and collage maker already well known in the market. To turn your photo into a drawing, the application brings the Effects feature. Within it, just choose Artistic and select one of the various transformations available.

Your photo can be “transformed” into an oil painting or a drawing made with pastel pencils. If you prefer, you can apply the comic style, draft, poster and more.

If you want, you can customize each effect, changing each mask applied, the percentage of reality you want to keep and the blurred style.

Then, it is possible to increase the result. To do this, just use tools such as cut, clone, add text, frames, backgrounds, stickers, among other resources. So it is a great choice for anyone who wants to edit their images in a fun or artistic way.

The PicsArt is available for Android and iOS.

3. Varnist


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Varnist is one of the darling apps to transform photos into drawings, as it offers different styles of filters in one place.

The app offers options such as traces based on works by famous painters, such as Picasso and Renoir. There are also filters inspired by drawing techniques such as manga or sketch and natural phenomena such as fire and light.

If you prefer, you can also opt for mosaic or stained glass effects, textures to add a psychedelic tone to the image and much more.

The Varnist is available for Android.

4. Cartoon Photo

cartoon photo

Want to give that comic book face to your photo? Or an illustration that could be part of a book? Cartoon Photo can do that for you. The app brings tools that can transform your images into drawings, sketches, oil paintings, among other styles.

Filters can be applied both to photos already taken and in real-time, that is, when registering. Just use the smartphone’s rear or front (selfie) camera, choose your favorite, and shoot.

Cartoon Photo is available for Android.

5. Cartoon Camera +

Cartoon Camera +

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Cartoon Camera Free has a proposal similar to the previous app. For this, it offers more than 40 effects, including cartoon, sketch, comic book and colored pencils.

It also allows the user to apply the effects directly from the phone’s camera, to decide which style to use even before the photo is taken. The results look like they just came out of the pages of a comic book with realistic features.

Cartoon Camera + is available for Android and iOS.

6. Prism


Famous among editing applications, Prisma offers more than 250 filters to transform your photo into “handmade” work. The results can be saved in SD and HD quality. Picasso, Munch, and Salvador Dalí are among the painters whose styles inspired the tool’s filters.

In addition, it offers several other effects and features for photo editing, making it a complete platform for those who want to improve their images.

The app also has a social footprint. It is possible to share your work with the program’s creative community. The section has a feed full of images from other users, new publications and styles to be discovered.

The Prisma is available for Android and iOS.

7. MomentCam Cartoons and Emoticons


Want to turn your photo into a caricature? Do you want to create an emoticon from your image? You just found the app for that!

The app’s proposal is for the user to become the one they always wanted. Be a soccer player or a Hollywood star, using the fun effects that the tool offers.

The application also features a store area. Through it, it is possible to purchase products such as shirts and pillows personalized with the images created through the program.

The MomentCam Cartoons Emoticons and is available for Android and iOS.

Shivam Singh
Founder of the TechGrits, has always looked at technology as a piece of knots. From an early age connected to the technological world, this is literally your dream job.

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