Over the summer I found a neat little program that allowed you to turn your photographs into "fake" art. Its a decent trick for both VTT gaming and face to face when you need a prop or handout. So I'm re-posting it for the new year. Enjoy :)
Ever want to show your players what they see and not just describe it to them? How about while playing using a VTT? Doesn't that just scream visual aids?
Using real life photographs can be a real shortcut, but I find that using a photograph limits the players' imaginations and distracts one from the escapism. Here's my solution: photosketcher (did i mention it's free?)
It turns my photos into faux paintings that I can tweak for effect.
Here's an example using one of the sample pics supplied with Windows Vista.
I'll post more before and after pics later.
Pencil effects of a pic I took last fall. One with some color, one without.
I think I do prefer the pencil effect myself, especially for use in gaming. Cropping and photoshopping prior to conversion gives one lots of possibilities. Here's my feline daughter and the pencil conversion. Imagine her sitting at a height of 6' and asking the party a riddle...
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