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Convert Image to Line Art

I'm looking for a simple to use, low cost, graphics editing tool.  I need to convert color images to high contrast, black-and-white, line art.  Most of the suggestions I've received produce grainy grey, mediocre images.  I've seen Photoshop users use filters to convert samples of my images in under a minute.

Is there something available that's not as expensive as Photoshop?

Thank you in advance.

AielloJ
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als315Commented:
Try paint.net. It is not a photoshop, of course.
http://www.getpaint.net
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AielloJAuthor Commented:
als315,

I've heard of this program and decided to try it based on your recommendation.  My anti-virus program blocks the site as a proven malware site.  Please advise?
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als315Commented:
Strange. Ms Security essentials do not blocking it. Here is direct download link:
http://www.dotpdn.com/files/Paint.NET.3.5.10.Install.zip
You will need .net 3.5 also
http://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
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AielloJAuthor Commented:
als315,
It appears the malware warning only comes up when you try to download it from the site's links.  I used your direct link and its fine.

I've managed to get color images converted to black and white, but can you give me an overview of the process needed to make images look like line art?  I would want to eliminate grey tones and sharpen edges and outlines.  It looks like it could do it if I follow the right sequence of steps.

Thanks in advance.

AielloJ
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als315Commented:
You can use Ink Sketch effect (Effects-Artistic-Ink Sketch).
Before:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
gimp.org gives you just about everything photohsop has but open source an free.
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MereteCommented:
Cant really do any better than als315 has posted already,
I can show a few different angles.
These are filters, if you wanted to try you can also convert to greyscale
The main reason you get artifacts is the png format, try using jpeg fist then save it as png after you have converted it to greyscale
I have paint dot net  among other tools,and it works a treat, drop your image on>load image
 then go to effects Pencil Sketch it's far better than Ink Sketch
and adjust
Using the above image
 straight pencil To add even more in Paint Dot Net load your pencil sketch or grey-scale then go to effects>stylize and then relief or embossed etc to try them out add one then click cancel
Real World paint is another
 
 http://www.rw-designer.com/image-editor
Always Download Paint dot net from authors site
http://www.getpaint.net/

Real World paint verses Paint dot net
Real World paint verses Paint dot netGimp
GimpNero photo editor
Nero Photo editorAnd to go outside the how about embossed
embossed
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