Creating a FotoMedley Watercolor Painting Gift

Have you ever wanted to give a one-of-a-kind gift? Do you like the idea of hand-painted art, but feel you lack the skills to create something good enough? FotoMedley's sketch generation can be used to create custom hand-painted art, without needing a professional.

This tutorial will walk explain how configure your sketch, to upload an image, and print it so that you can paint it with watercolors without needing to be an expert.

1. Settings Your Sketch Settings

First, we'll get started by entering the FotoMedley coloring page designer, which can be accessed from the home page.

The first time you use FotoMedley, you'll be prompted to select an image style that you like. For this tutorial, it doesn't matter what you choose, because we'll be immediately changing the settings for our sketch instead.

To see the available options, we're going to click on the "gear" icon in the toolbar to open available image processing settings.

FotoMedley toolbar to select image processing options

Clicking on the settings icon will open up the "Processing Settings" dialog, where you can select from several styles, and processing behaviors. In this example, we're going to select settings specifically for a crosshatch-style sketch. You'll want to select the "Crosshatch" style, and make sure the background is included, so set your settings to match this:

FotoMedley image processing settings

Now that you've got your sketch settings ready, you can proceed to upload an image that you'll want to paint.

2. Uploading Your Image

You can upload the photo by drag-and-drop onto the "Upload image" area, or just click on it to browse for your image to upload.

When your image is uploaded, it'll take a little time to process. Behind the scenes, FotoMedley is running fancy algorithms to convert the image into a sketch. In the case of the cross-hatch process, FotoMedley is literally "drawing" the image with individual strokes to try and make it realistic and not look computer-generated.

In this case, we're going to use an old engagement photo and recreate the memory as a watercolor painting, so we'll upload it now.

Old engagement photoFotoMedley examining the engagement photoResult of FotoMedley processing photo into crosshatch sketch

And just like that, we've got a crosshatch sketch of our photo, and it looks good! Notice that the image is rotated because FotoMedley sees it as a good landscape fit and it's just showing you how it'll print on letter size paper. If you want to see the image right-side up, just hover over it.

There are a lot of other things that could be tried with the image, but we won't explore those in this tutorial. See our article about image processing options to learn more.

3. Purchase and Print Your Image

At this point, if we like the image, we can purchase a full-size printable version. FotoMedley digital download images are rendered at 300dpi for good print quality. In the top-right corner of the page, just click on the "ORDER" button to proceed through the checkout process.

After completing the checkout process, you'll be able to download your printable PDF coloring page. Then can just download/open the PDF and print it to your local printer.

Printed FotoMedley coloring sheet

So, we're all set with our printed image, and ready to paint.

4. Painting (or Coloring) Your Image

Now, you can pull out whatever paint, coloring pencils, crayons, or markers you want to try, and go for it! We're not going to teach you how to paint, because we're not experts and that's the point — you don't need to be an expert. The great thing about this approach is that you've got a great base to paint over, and you can even try multiple times if you don't like how it turns out the first time.

In our case, we used a little watercolor kit and just selected a few colors to fill in the major areas of the image. Afterward we put it in a glass frame and hung it on the wall. The result turned out pretty well and at any rate, it makes a fantastic gift!

Final watercolor painted FotoMedley old engagement photo

Don't be afraid to try new things with FotoMedley. Have fun and enjoy painting!

Get started creating your own custom coloring pages now.