Artistic/Sketch Filters in ACDSee Photo Editor 2008

This post is based on a tutorial written by Ona Boorman, for a challenge posted at

Photo Editor 2008 has some very detailed  and creative filters that can be used in a variety of ways on photos, as well as on papers and elements. Let’s look at some examples.

Here is a photo SOOC (Straight out of the Camera)

Now I am going to add a  filter to it. In Photo Editor these are called Adjustments and  there are several different categories. For this challenge, we will focus on the Category of “Artistic.”

You can access these  Adjustments by either going to Adjustments| Artistic and choosing the one you want from the drop-down list, or you can use the Adjustments Palette located on the right side of the screen above the Object Palette.  In the Adjustments Palette, there is a thumbnail image that shows an example of what the effect will look like on an image.

In this example, I am going to use “Crystallize.” The image will open in a new window and you will be able to choose how to view the image. I like being able to see the “Before and After” as I work.

There are automatic variations that you can select. Simply click on the different thumbnails, check out the effect in the “After” image and choose the one you like best. This is easy to do, and doesn’t require anything more than seeing what looks good visually.


If you have a specific idea in mind of how you want the “After” image to look you can use the controls at the bottom on the workspace to get the exact look you want. In this example, you can manually adjust Crystal size, and Crystal Saturation.  Move the sliders back and forth until you find a result that works best with your photo.

To make this photo look almost like an Impressionist Painting, I used a Crystal Size of 8 and a Saturation of 4.


Let’s try a different style photo with a different Adjustment effect.

Here is my dog, Ravyn, SOOC.


I am going to use the Crayon Drawing Effect, which is “Automatic” only.  After one run of this Adjustment, I am not very excited by the “After” image. Its mostly white with little definition in the image.

I run the Crayon Drawing again and I have a much more colorful and detailed image.


PS:  I have recently upgraded to Windows 7. For some reason, Photo Editor does not like to save JPGs. I had no problem  using this tutorial with Windows 2000 or Vista. If you are running Windows 7 and want to save an image as a JPG, there is a work-around. Save the file as a PNG in Photo Editor. Open the PNG in another editing program such as ACDSee Photo Manager. Save the file as a JPG.


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