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Making Photos Look Like Drawings

Ever since the invention of the camera–especially after the revolution of the smartphone era–people have been photographing themselves and others.

However, there is one thing that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as it was in the past—the desire to see the world rendered as a drawing. These days, there are software solutions that make it easy to change photos into classical interpretations, from simply stylizing a photo with AI to transforming photos to paintings.

Turning Photos Into Drawings

Not everyone is a born artist, and to create paintings that are exceptional and photorealistic can take years of hard work and dedication. Many people don’t have the time that’s needed to achieve this goal, even if they understand the basics of non-photorealistic rendering.

Today, there are solutions through which we can achieve a high level of quality with a lower amount of effort. By leveraging the power of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in modern tools, we can make photos look like drawings with ease.

1. Picking the Right Platform

For those interested in turning a photo into a drawing but lacking the drawing skills to make it a reality, NightCafe Creator can do the heavy lifting.

If you have ever wondered what your portrait might look like as a protagonist from a graphic novel or what a picture of your partner would look like if it were drawn with ink, the possibilities available in NightCafe Creator can show you the answer.

2. Selecting the Right Setting

First, visit the official NightCafe Creator website. You can click on the 'Explore' tab to see what other people have created, or simply click on 'Create' to begin the creation process. Once on this screen, there are two options you can select:

  • 'Text to Image or Video' allows you to create art from nothing but a text prompt.
  • 'Style Transfer' lets you turn your photo into a masterpiece

Given the fact that you already have an image that you want to turn into a drawing, all you have to do is click on 'Style Transfer.' Here, you select the image you want to turn into a drawing, then pick a style that resembles the drawing style you want.

3. Creating the Image

Keep in mind that you can create an image in numerous resolutions. Each resolution will cost a specific amount of credits, and the quality of the image will be directly influenced by the resolution you choose. 

Once you have selected your preferences, all that is left for you to do is click on 'Create.'


The exact steps required to convert a photo into a drawing are dependent on the software solution you choose–some may require manual work, while others, like NightCafe Creator, rely on AI and ML to do the work for you. Be sure to try multiple options in order to get the perfect drawing style for your specific photo.

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