Discover These Apps that Turn Photos into Drawings

Do you want to gain new editing skills to create interesting photos? Try turning your images into drawings with apps that are designed specifically for that.

It can be time-consuming to try every app that is on the market, and finding one that is your favorite can be discouraging without some help. That is why we have compiled a list of the best apps that turn photos into drawings. Let’s check them out!

  • Clip2Comic & Caricature Maker
  • Prisma
  • Painnt – Art & Cartoon Filters
  • Toonme
  • Photomania
  • Waterlogue
  • Brushstroke
  • Enlight Photofox
  • Photolab
Discover These Apps that Turn Photos into Drawings
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Clip2Comic & Caricature Maker

You can turn your photos into sketches, caricatures, cartoons, comic books, and more with this app. It gives you the ability to edit your photos in great detail.

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You can use the Apple Pencil for finer precision, as well. It allows the use of high-resolution, high-quality pictures and retains their quality after transformation.

Videos can also be modified into cartoons with just the tap of a finger. You can create animations with the built-in live preview camera feature.

For details, you can adjust outlines, add colorful filters, and customize brightness, while retouching and deformation can help you create amazing cartoons.

How to Download

To download the app, open the Apple Store, type Clip 2 Comic in the search box, and install it.

While free to use, premium memberships can be acquired for $1.99 a month or $13.49 a year.

If you enjoy it, you can choose to get a lifetime premium membership for $40.99. The app is available only on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad.


Prisma lets you transform your photos into various painting styles. If you are curious to see how your photos would look if some great artist painted them, this is the app for you.

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It uses artificial intelligence to transform photos into art using filters and numerous other features.

The enhancement mode has tools like filter, sharpness, exposure, contrast, and much more for a better end result. There are art styles such as Picasso and Dali.

Remember that if you are a free user, the exclusive filters are available just for the first day. This is also a sharing community, so you can see what others post, like, and share.

How to Download

This is a free app with in-app purchases. If you want to upgrade to HD processing and have access to all of the available art styles, you have to upgrade to Prisma Premium.

You can get premium memberships for $ 7.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

Prisma is available on both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Painnt – Art & Cartoon Filters

With more than 2,000 filters, 90 of them being sketch types, you can turn your photos into masterpieces in a matter of seconds.

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To use this app, choose an image from your gallery, pick a style, and enjoy the result!

Upgrading to a premium subscription will give you access to the entire app library.

Removing the watermark, HD processing, and the ability to create custom-made filters are also premium features.

How to Download

You can get premium memberships for $0.99 a week, $1.99 a month, or $9.99 a year.

The free version is available on both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

The coolest point is the user-friendly interface that makes this editing tool suitable for experienced users and those who have never turned a photo into a drawing.

Watercolor Effect

Newbies who want to create unique artwork  can certainly benefit from the Watercolor Effect app. There are more than 30 pre-set filters, which makes turning photos into drawings much easier.

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Although there aren’t as many editing tools as with Prisma, this app allows you to adjust the quantity and quality of effects, such as brightness, contrast, etc.

In terms of its uniqueness, Watercolor Effect offers an intuitive painting tool. It allows users to express their creative freedom and create digital art with a few cursor touches. 

The app also impressed us with a variety of included painting styles, including cubism and impressionism.

How to Download

Watercolor Effect is a cross-platform tool that is available on Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

It asks for about 4 MB of free storage space, which isn’t a lot for what you get.

Keep in mind that there is a 3-day trial after which you need to pay $3.99 a week or $29.99 annually to continue using the app.


The main advantage of the Toonme app is that it uses realistic effects to create more appealing artwork.

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It is excellent for turning drawings into cartoons and caricatures with artificial intelligence and different hand-drawing features.

One of the coolest points is the wide array of layouts that it supports, such as Instagram stories, portrait and landscape photos, and the common profile picture format.

Furthermore, by hashtagging Toonme, you can share the drawings with other members of the community.

How to Download

Similar to the Watercolor Effect app, this tool is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store users.

The installation process is simple; simply download the app from your designated app store.

In terms of availability, most of the features are completely free with an option to subscribe for $4.99 per month and get access to pro editing elements.


If you are on the search for an all-inclusive app that offers thousands of different filters, PhotoMania is a fantastic choice.

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It is highlighted by 400 preset filters, of which more than 50 are set to help you create pencil artwork. To gain access to all of the features, you need to pay for the weekly, monthly, or annual plan.

The most affordable option is to subscribe for $23.99 a year. The other two plans are set at $1.99 per week and $4.99 per month.

The interface is user-friendly, as the whole editing process comes down to scrolling through numerous options and choosing the preset filter that you find most attractive.

How to Download

Unlike some of its competitors, this app can’t be used without an internet connection.

Regarding its availability, the developers made sure there is a designated version for iOS and Android devices that you can find through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.


We found that a lot of editing apps lack the ability to create artwork that is highlighted by impressive watercolors.

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However, this is a major element of the Waterlogue app.

Apart from the fact that it is simple to use, you can end up with paintings that can be further customized with brightness, contrast, and other effects.

There are over 15 pre-set styles and innovative features, such as control border, lightness, and detail. Waterlogue is 100% free and allows premium fine-tuning features.

How to Download

A major con is that this tool isn’t available for Android users.

On the other hand, the iOS app is simple to download and install through the Apple App Store, asking for just over 45 MB of free memory space.


This program. is the perfect example of how AI works great with drawing and editing apps.

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Apart from creating basic sketches or outlines, it helps you turn the photo into a drawing and then paint it using some of the available tools.

After weeks of testing this tool, we found that it supports a wide array of paint styles, mostly inspired by painters such as Dali, Picasso, and Van Gogh.

The best element is the pencil outline that is on top of any painting. It will trick other users into thinking that you hand drew that artwork.

How to Download

Furthermore, Brushstroke allows you to choose the canvas and have the painting delivered to your address.

Similar to Waterlogue, its main downside is that there isn’t an Android app. The Apple App Store asks for 65 MB of free memory space and runs on all iOS 13.2+ devices.

While the basic version comes at no charge, the Video Paintings and Illustrators Pack both come at $11.99.

Enlight Photofox

Whether you are looking to add photographic and painter effects or turn your profile photo into a piece of artwork, Enlight Photofox is a fantastic tool.

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Apart from regular tools, such as adding filters, image correction, and image masking, it also offers 16 preset sketch options.

Apart from the beginner-friendly tools, this app also allows enhanced customization of portrait and landscape photos by tweaking the available effects.

Not only that, but the ability to collide visuals and text into spectacular graphics.

How to Download

We are happy to say that Enlight Photofox is available from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

It requires 222 MB of space and asks that your device runs on iOS 13.0 or above.

There are a couple of in-app purchases starting at $6.99 and going all the way up to $35.99.


We are ending our list with a tool that offers more than 800 editing elements and innovative effects, such as jigsaw puzzles and digital rain.

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Testing this app, we found that it supports an array of different formats, including portrait, landscape photos, Instagram stories, and a bunch of others.

The coolest point is that you can share created artwork from the app to different social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Not only that, but you can also export watercolor/hand-drawn images to e-card templates.

How to Download

There is a beginner-friendly app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

With a free-to-download basic version available on Apple Store and Google Play Store, there is also a Pro Package that comes at $4.99 per month or $24.99 for the whole year.


With these apps, you can advance your skills in photo editing by leaps and bounds.

Feel free to try them all and boast to your friends about your talent in image editing. Keep experimenting, and have fun!

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