Hard-line to hand-drawn


Back to the drawing board

Convert hard line CAD files (DXF, DWG etc) into hand crafted drawings of a master artist!

CADSketch is a unique tool that cleverly applies a series of typical hand drawn effects to the linework on each layer of your CAD created drawings to produce believably hand drawn images. Control the natural movements of your hand, the splutters, widening and narrowing of your pen and the line-work that stops short or overshoots to create unique style sets you can use over again.

CADSketch is all about giving you artistic license with your CAD drawings. Turn drawings that look manufactured into drawings that express creativity in the click of the mouse.

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Some unique features we think you’ll love


Do it yourself

You don’t need to be skilled at hand drawing to make your CAD drawings look softer and more approachable. Select a pre-configured sketch style or change the settings using the sliders and press go. Its that easy.


Save and enhance

Sketched drawings can be printed, copied to the Windows Clipboard, saved to PDF, or saved to a variety of bitmap formats for further processing with a graphics application as desired. Bring out the artist in you.


Direct approach

Works directly with any DWG or DXF file from any CAD program and makes a perfect companion for anyone wanting to take the very mechanical look of CAD drawings and give them character befitting of a true designer..


CADSketch System Requirements


Windows 11, 10, 8 or 7
Intel i5 or later processor
64 bit machine
8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
Mouse with scroll wheel
Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher

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Does CADSketch support 3D drawings?

Yes. To do this,

  • Install an HPGL printer driver, such as HP DesignJet 750C.

  • Using your CAD program, print the drawing to file, selecting hidden line removal. This will produce a PLT file. The result will be a 3D view in 2D with all hidden lines removed.

  • Open the PLT file in CADsketch. The file will be converted for processing.

  • Create the sketched effects in the normal manner.

Does CADSketch support images in the drawing?

CADSketch only affects traditional CAD vector based entities such as lines, arcs, circles, hatching, curves, text and dimensions. It also allows you to apply backgrounds such as images or textured tiles.

What license options are available?

CADSketch licenses are perpetual for the current version of the software. No compulsory ongoing costs. You require a separate license for each computer on which you install the software.

Can I install onto more than one machine?

No. CADSketch is licensed for only one computer. If you require a license for more than one machine you can purchase discounted additional licenses.

Is there a list of features available?

CADsketch allows you to quickly and easily create hand-drawn effects from AutoCAD DWG/DXF and HPGL PLT files to create a sketched look. The program takes the lines in your drawings and applies random changes to them. Each line comes out slightly differently, so the results are not predictable.

Features List:

  • AutoCAD not required
  • Quickly and easily create hand-drawn effects
  • Add solid, gradient-fill, and tiled backgrounds
  • Add special effects to your sketched drawings
  • Imports DWG, DXF and HPGL (PLT) file formats
  • Supports AutoCAD – file versions 2.5 to 2011
  • Save sketched drawings to PDF, BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PNG, PPM, TGA, TIF, EMF, WMF file formats
  • Copy sketched drawings to the Windows Clipboard ready to paste into other programs such as a MS Word
  • Save and retrieve sketch settings for individual drawings
  • Extensive print functionality
  • Browser style forward/back buttons allow easy file navigation
  • Zoom and pan drawings
  • Rotate drawings
  • View drawings in model and paper space
  • Supports layer control
  • Supports line weights
  • Support for external references
  • Render True Type fonts
  • Modify color and visibility of layers
  • Quick Text option for faster display
  • Print drawings to scale, or scaled to fit
  • Print drawings to scale on multiple pages
  • Preview drawings before printing
  • Map colors to pen widths on printing.
  • Include date/time/scale/comments/watermark on printed output
  • Directory browse feature
  • Intuitive multiple document interface
  • Drag-and-drop functionality

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