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Sketch Drawer 5.1 Giveaway
$49.99
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Giveaway of the day — Sketch Drawer 5.1

Turn usual photographs into exquisite pencil-drawn pictures.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 155 (89%) 19 (11%) 33 comments

Sketch Drawer 5.1 was available as a giveaway on June 21, 2018!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.00
free today
Natural media painting with an intuitive interface!

Sketch Drawer is a kind of photo editing software tool intended for converting photographs to pencil sketches. This program enables users to make usual photographs into exquisite pencil-drawn pictures, both black-and-white and colored. While creating a pencil sketch, you can choose your most preferred settings and options. There are two ways you can edit photographs with SoftOrbits: manually and by aid of ready-made presets. These presets can be used as guides by beginners.

Purchase an Unlimited personal license (with support and updates) at 70% discount!

System Requirements:

WIndows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

Publisher:

SoftOrbits

Homepage:

http://www.softorbits.com/photo-to-sketch-converter/

File Size:

23.1 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#17

where is my link for key

Reply   |   Comment by NOORUL AMEEN CHOLAPARAMBIL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#16

Still waiting and waiting and waiting for the e-mail with the activation code (and before anyone asks, yes, I have checked the spam folder).

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Same here! This morning tried to install this but still waiting on the email!

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#15

Installed fine, activated fine, opened fine. Then I opened a file...! Makes initial "sketch", but after attempting to change from default settings the app CRASHED... 3X. I have other programs running, they are good, didn't even "hiccup" when this app crashed. I'm uninstalling, Photoshop Elements can do this anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark D  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#14

Installed no problem, cool program

Reply   |   Comment by JERRY  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#13

The page for free activation key says offer expired

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

Downloaded, installed and registered without a problem.

I tried it to produce a simple pencil sketch from a photograph which I could then use as a guide for my own pencil sketch for a watercolour painting. It worked very well. Plenty of choices to "tweak" the result to what I wanted.

In this example, it compared very favourably with Photoshop. It is easy to use and good fun. Loads of functions in the toolbox for experimentation.

Reply   |   Comment by Nicky Kay  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#11

If you do a google search for "free photo to pencil sketch converter" you will see "About 382,000 results (0.55 seconds) ".

Hmmm

A lot (most?) of them are probably a "free" download but ............

Reply   |   Comment by olrowdy01  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

olrowdy01, have you ever thought that not all of these results are unique? and that they are not all programs? very wise. Also the speculations and assuming on your part makes your contribution of a comment worthless.

Even alternativeto.net provides a lot of programs that aren't related to this in any way.

Reply   |   Comment by Tydebilu  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#10

When you go to save the drawing, the thumbnail thats displayed is the original photo. Going to get confusing when searching for a specific drawing. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Mo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I have an older version of this program and it works great. I'll stick with what I got and quit while I'm ahead.

Reply   |   Comment by Phillip  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

When I click the button it says offer expired...
YET 18 hours left here...

Who's right? :)

Reply   |   Comment by John Richardson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

The registration process is even worse.
you have to provide and Email to get the product, then provide it a second time to get the activation link, then open Email again to confirm Email and click link then it asks you to register your name, gender and other bio-data after which it send the link to your Email again and you have to open Email to click that link and it goes on forever!

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

For stuff like this, it's a good idea to have a 'junk' email provider. I use ProtonMail (free) for things like this.
And, needless to say, make up a name, date of birth, number of pets, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

Benefit and effective

Reply   |   Comment by Tueqng  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#5

FotoSketcher is freeware, been around for years, and does pencil drawings, oil paint, watercolor, etc.

https://fotosketcher.com/

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

I have sketch Drawer 4.2 installed. Is it necessary to uninstall it before installing this version?

Reply   |   Comment by Palle  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

Provided without the GAOTD wrapper, so installed without needing to disable A/V software, and/or boot into safe mode - relief!

Sketch Drawer is a perennial GAOTD package, and quite useful as a standalone product for those who don't have the like of Photoshop and a myriad of filter plugins. It is small, only 20mb or so, lighweight, and does exactly what it says; converts pictures to sketch drawings.

The interface is clean, simple, and uncluttered. Images can be added via a basic selector or drag-and-drop. There is also a useful "previous" and "next" image buttons to 'scroll' through the images in a given folder.

As far as I can tell, it is limited to importing standard image formats (jpg, bmp, gif png ico tif pga psd pcs wnf), although there is a "all files" option. I was unable to open a .psd file however.

It comes with over a dozen pre-sets filters such as line-drawing, pastel, plastic, felt-tip, and each has numerous controls over stroke thickness, length, edge strength, intensity, and smudging, hatch edge strength, intensity, curvature and dispersion, stroke direction, type (curved or linear), and intensity, and 'colorize' histogram and colour shift.

Once tweaked, an image can be saved in numerous formats; the usual jpg, bmp, png, gif, tif, but also many others such as pcx, ska, pcm, ico (nice for creating icons!), and many I've never heard of such as cr2, 3fr. Even .raw format is supported. All-in-all, I estimated around 15 file export formats. Unlike another comment, I found that images saved opened up as the saved image, not the original. Perhaps a little user error and opened the original image by mistake?

It does one job, and does it well.

All in all, a great giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+48)
#2

Gave this a quick try, and seems to do what it says on tin. However my test picture when shown in Paint Shop Pro
has reverted to normal photo! Can't seem to save picture when its been converted to pencil drawing. Maybe i'm doing something stupid.:)

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#1

An important question here. I just found on my pc Sketch Drawer Pro 5.1 which was available on November 29th last year. So, today it says also 5.1 but without the name Pro (for Professional). The giveaway today is the same version? I don´t want do downgrade the Pro version I already have installed. Hope sombebody can answer. Here the link of the last giveaway from 2017: https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/sketch-drawer-3/

Reply   |   Comment by Johann Anton Oellers  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Johann Anton Oellers, I just installed it. Going to: 'Help' > 'About' shows that it's Sketch Drawer 5.1, Copyright 2017. So it appears you have the best version!

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Johann Anton Oellers, the current giveaway was last changed on 20 ‎december ‎2017, ‏‎23:41:36, so it is newer than your version. That was last changed on ‎26 ‎augustus ‎2017, ‏‎11:18:44.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Johann Anton Oellers, I haven't installed today's giveaway as I too have the previous one, but it is my understanding that there is only one version.
Indeed, if you compare to day's and November page:
1/ the regular price is the same ($49.99) and the file size nearly equivalent (23.1MB vs 22.9 MB);
2/ on the photo of the box, in both cases it says Sketch Drawer.

And if you open the version you already have, you will see that on top right it says Sketch Drawer Pro but if you look in "about" it says Sketch Drawer.
They probably don't know themselves wether it is Pro or not. SoftOrbits have always been erratic anyhow...

Incidentally, for those who are wondering: there is no more spontaneous deregistration issue with their products.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

ouialaraison, I had a spontaneous de-registration issue.
My November ...Giveaway... no longer works.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert G.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Robert G., Oh well... Maybe it is just me being lucky! I checked right before posting, and all my six SO products were operational (W10x64).

And about my first post: it is on top LEFT, not top right, of the interface, that it says Sketch Drawer Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Robert G., Yes. My copy of Sketch Drawer Pro from a previous giveaway reverted to Unregistered Version as well. Today is their last chance before I kick Softorbits to the curb permanently, just like a few other companies I won't bother listing here, but we know well.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Robert G., you can reactivate last years giveaway with the key you get today. Last years key does not work anymore. You can ask for the new key BEFORE the giveawayoftheday is installed. So if you want to keep your old version and just re-activate it, that is possible.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ouialaraison, On their site https://www.softorbits.com/photo-to-sketch-converter/order-editions.html
and
https://www.softorbits.com/photo-to-sketch-converter/order.html
you can compare the editions, the current pro price is $79.99

And the only additions of the pro over the standard/personal edition are:


Batch Mode
and
Visual Watermarks

If your previous 5.1 Pro had those then it was the real Pro license given away and if it did not have those it was only the standard/Personal license that was given away even if it said it was Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

ouialaraison,
Hi, Me too!:) - ALL my existing copies of Sketch Drawer and other SO Software on my PC show: 'Unregistered version' and a Special Offer box promptly appears with Message: 'Only for Giveaway of the Day users - 70% OFF for any Softorbits software (here Coupon bla bla)' Looks familiar to anyone??.. They had to be uninstalled (..upon which SO Site opens asking for Feedback : 'Please, tell us why are you uninstalling our program. Your opinion is very important to us. We will do our best to implement all suggestions and advice in the future versions of the program'.. Joke, right?:)

Perhaps this Developer changed this sorry practice of turning 'for life' GOTD versions of their Softwares to try-outs already. Or simply pretends for a bit longer these days.. This Giveaway of SO Sketch Drawer will be their last chance to expect any future recommendations! Buying Software from Developer one cannot trust is pointless, sooner or later when something goes belly-up one will regret parting with cash, simple.
And lastly - comments about Software only are so much more useful here than.. hassle with Developers and registration problems, but I guess all these matters are important, if less joy..
Now I have one registered copy of SO Sketch Drawer 5.1, installing it went smooth enough, fingers crossed! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

ouialaraison,

Hi, oops, another bad egg from SO I omitted to check before installing Sketch Drawer earlier this morning, in a shape of:..

SoftOrbits Photo Editor Pro - Giveaway of the day -****Unregistered version****
When trying to re-register it: 'Thank you for testing SoftOrbits Photo Editor' box appears.
Pasting from clipboard key that WORKED just last month, on May 10 of this year (2018) and is STILL there(!) - at first, message in green tells me:

'The entered key is valid and can be activated now'.., pressing 'Register', shows: 'Activation error. The license key has been already activated (YES, by me!), Would you like to purchase more copies with a 20% discount?'.. - No.
So next message reads as follows: 'This license key can be used during giveaway period only. Would you like to purchase an Unlimited license bla bla at 70% discount?'... No, this supposed to be 'life-long' GOTD version!!?
How utterly disheartening is this on the day we tried to give this Developer kind word and better credit!!??

BTW, that saved Key is: EDT4-PRO-GVRTM-VHMBL-AGNRY Any ideas what to do with it??..
Thanks in advance if this can be somehow solved and I'm simply missing something here?

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

fran, Re "... AGNRY ". Change that to how you feel:ANGRY

moderator: this is a joke.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

krypteller,
Hi, cheers, spotted that straight away, only my thought was they were taking the mickey, to put it politely!:)

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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