Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Sketch 9.0, an update
of the software that converts photos to pencil and watercolor
drawings. The new version has a new improved algorithm for
photo-to-sketch conversion, adds a new parameter field for edge
definition, adds the possibility to manipulate the saturation of
color pencil drawings and much more.

Akvis Sketch 9.0 also adds seven ready-to-use Akvis presets (B&W
Sketch, WaterColor, Charcoal Low, Charcoal High, Color Pencil Low,
Color Pencil High, Pastel). What’s more, it’s now possible to
import/export a list of presets.

An Akvis Sketch Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72.
Registered users of the previous versions can upgrade to version 9.0
for $39. Or you can buy the Alchemy Bundle (which includes the
Sketch, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster,
Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite plug-ins) for
$325. For business licenses consult the Akvis web site.

One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for
example, on a desktop and a laptop. Version 9.0 is a free upgrade for
registered users. A demo is available for download.