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Photo Sketches app review: transform your photos into sketches and cartoons



If you feel that your photos are looking a little lackluster and could do with some sprucing up, Photo Sketches is the perfect app for turning your pictures into sketches and cartoons by applying a wide variety of effects and filters to produce some truly startling results.

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Everything about this app works very well and the interface itself has been developed in a simple and highly intuitive way.

I would like to mention, however, that the functionality in Photo Sketches is somewhat limited, so if you’re looking for a fully fledged photo editing suite, you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere.

Photo Sketch - Pencil Color Effects & Doodle Switch Editor


Cartoonify Your Photos

This app is essentially a simple collection of filters and effects which you can apply to your images.

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Upon first starting up this app you’ll be prompted to either snap a photo from directly within the app or to select one from your Camera Roll. From here, you can begin to experiment with the various effects.

The effects in Photo Sketches are split into two categories which are Sketch and Cartoon, with each category providing seven effects for you to choose from.

Sketch effects include things such as Pencil Sketch, Old Movie Style, Face Frame Sketch, and Smooth Sketch. Cartoon effects, on the other hand, include things like 3D Gorden Sculpt, Color Sketch, Sharpen Filter, Black & White Photo, and Memory Style Photo.

You Look a Little Sketchy!

You can quickly and easily try on the different effects for size because once one has been applied, you can undo it simply by tapping on either of the Sketch or Cartoon buttons.

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The most disappointing thing about Photo Sketches in my opinion is that, while there is a decent selection of photo effects, you can’t adjust the degree to which they are applied to your photos.

The reason I bring this up is that some of them completely distort photos beyond recognition, making them unusable, so I think that being able to adjust the gradient or some such setting would provide much more freedom and flexibility.

All in all, Photo Sketches is a decent app which is well worth checking out, albeit with slightly limited functionality.


Photo Sketch - Pencil Color Effects & Doodle Switch Editor


Pros and Cons


  • Cartoonify your photos with a variety of filters and effects
  • Seven Sketch effects and seven Cartoon effects to choose from
  • Save your photos to your Camera Roll with a single tap



  • No adjustment of the degree to which effects are applied to photos
  • No sharing via social networking sites


Final Words

There are a lot of photo editing apps available and the vast majority of them have some redeeming qualities even if they aren’t perfect. This is very true of Photo Sketches.

I feel it could do with a little more detail and some additional features, but other than that, it looks good and runs very smoothly, so it’s definitely worth a download if you ask me!


Photo Sketch - Pencil Color Effects & Doodle Switch Editor

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.