There’s nothing I love more than playing with my photos, making them prettier, making them into works of art.  So when Corel asked me if I would like to try their Paint It! software, I jumped at the chance!  Not only is Corel a favorite brand, I love that this particular program turns your photos into paintings right before your eyes!

My Experience with Paint It!

This is the screen you’re working with when transforming your photos into paintings.  Everything is simple and straightforward.  I wasn’t overwhelmed by too many options, but there are plenty of ways to make your photo unique!

First, you choose a painting type (examples: Watercolor, Oil, Impressionist, Colored Pencil) and then hit the Play button.  It is transformed into a painting right in front of you!  It’s like watching someone paint a portrait.  So much fun, even a child could do it!  To see it in action, click here.

You can use brushes to add some detail back to the painting, or there are special design brushes that can add flames or fairy dust to your picture. There are a lot of ways to make your photo unique, and you can save the photo in large sizes so that you can frame large prints or even use it in scrapbooking or other photo projects.  I plan on making Christmas gifts for family.  :)

One of my creations:

I think it looks like Emma is coming out of a painting.  Lovely!  And it was so easy to do!

Final Thoughts:

My only suggestion for improvement would be giving users the option of creating instant paintings when we’re in a hurry rather than having to watch the painting in minutes.  It does take maybe two minutes to finish a detailed painting like this one.  But overall, I find Paint It! to be a wonderful program that is easy to use and very rewarding.  I love the paintings I was able to create from my photos!  I think this is well worth the price of $39.99.

Buy it!

Paint It! can be purchased from the Corel website for $39.99.  BUT it is on sale at Amazon.com very often, so I would keep an eye on it there.  I’ve seen it as low as $26.99.  This would be a great gift for any family (including yours!).  :)

Giveaway Winner:  Karine!

Now for a giveaway!

Corel is giving one of you a copy of Paint It!

{Prize} Paint It! by Corel

{Eligibility} Open to the US and Canada.

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Giveaway will be closed on September 22, 2010 at midnight PST and winner notified by email and posted on this website (either in this post or in a new winner’s announcement post).  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

I would like to thank Corel for providing me with a copy of Paint It! so that I could share my thoughts and experiences with you.  This post is 100% my own opinion and written in my own words, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products.


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