What effect is used in this image?

Sample image

Bigger photo.

  • Do you want to achieve that affect in the photo or turn that photo into a "drawing"?
    – Yisela
    Aug 29, 2012 at 23:25

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Knew this style looked familiar. Took me whole day to remember what plugin it was.

( Not 100% sure the same plugin was used in your example image, but it's at least very similar )

Fractalius filter plugin

Fractalius plugin creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. You can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches.

Example of an image made with Fractalius:

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Tutorial for using fractalius:

http://techfleece.com/2011/01/30/fractalius-tutorial/ - Had a second glance of this tutorial and you'd probably find better ones with google.

  • Good find. Unfortunately it's a Windows-only plug in.
    – Scott
    Aug 29, 2012 at 22:10
  • Thanks for that, I'm using Lightroom 4 and when I try to edit a .CR2 (Canon RAW) to edit the file in Photoshop, the Redfield menu is grayed out, does Redfield work just with JPEGs?
    – K''
    Aug 30, 2012 at 13:28
  • @AkramMellice I think it might be grey because of your color mode. It only likes RGB color mode.
    – Joonas
    Aug 30, 2012 at 14:07

Can also look into this very popular plugin package called Topaz Glow available from their website as a trial or to buy.

Screenshot from their website, and yes it does really work this well. I haven't bought it yet but have done the trial and am considering it

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  • Seems like a more viable option, given that Fractalius plugin is older than time itself. Pretty expensive though...
    – Joonas
    Aug 22, 2015 at 0:30

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