Photo to Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal artists. You’ll find them perched along sidewalks on downtown streets, at amusement parks and at major tourist attractions. Even if you’ve never actually shelled out money to have a charcoal drawing created right before your eyes, you have to admit they look pretty freakin’ cool.

BeFunky’s Charcoal effect turns any photograph into an incredibly realistic charcoal drawing without forcing you to get your hands dirty.

Choosing The Right Photo

First, you’ll need to decide on a photo to turn into a charcoal drawing. We suggest a photograph without too much clutter. With the charcoal drawing, you can vary the detail level of the charcoal sketch. But even a very thinly detailed charcoal drawing tends to have a bit of thickness to it so if you choose a cluttered photo, things can start to look a bit messy. It’s a good idea to pose in front of an empty wall, if you want a perfect drawing effect.

Creating Your Own Charcoal Drawing

To get started, you’ll need to upload a photo to BeFunky. Open the Upload menu at the upper right corner to select one of the upload options. You can choose an existing photo that you’ve uploaded before (registered users only) or you can upload a brand new one from your Mac or PC’s desktop. Other options include webcam and social networks like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Bebo and more.

Once you’ve decided on a photo to go crazy with, the photo will show up in the center of the screen. Before you start to play with your charcoal drawing effect, consider cropping your photo. You’ll find the Crop button on the Tools menu, at the right side of the screen.
Cropping is a great way to get rid of some of the unwanted clutter and zero on only the part of the photo you want to work with.

Crop tool

To start playing around, click the Charcoal button that’s located on the left sidebar. Clicking any one of the presets will turn your photo into a charcoal drawing in literally just a few seconds.

Charcoal #1

While the presets create some cool charcoal drawing effects for you, settling is no fun. You can play around with things like the colors or the detail level of the charcoal sketch, using the effect settings panel which is popped out right after you click on any effect preset. If you cannot see the settings, just click on the wrench icon next to the effect name.

Charcoal #2 Screenshot

When you’re done playing, go ahead and save your charcoal drawing. You can save it to your desktop, to your BeFunky library, or to both. When you’re happy with how everything looks, you can share it to Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and more, directly from BeFunky.

Or, if you want to get really creative, print them out on paper, park yourself next to a charcoal drawing artist downtown and give that starving artist some real competition.

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