Disclosure: I would like to thank Corel for providing me with a copy of Corel® Paint it!™ for the purpose of this review. All opinions are that of my own.
I would like to introduce you to Corel® Paint it!™
Corel revolutionized the graphic design industry when it introduced CorelDRAW® in 1989. Today, the Company continues to lead the market with its award-winning graphics and productivity software. Corel is also at the forefront of the digital media revolution, delivering the industry’s broadest and most innovative portfolio of photo, video and DVD software.
Corel has a community of more than 100 million active users in over 75 countries, and a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel’s global Web sites.
The Company’s headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada, with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, China and Japan.
About Paint it!
The Photo Painting panel is located on the right side of the workspace and provides several preset painting styles. All of the painting presets pick up color, intensity and lightness from the original photo, then apply brushstrokes in the style that you choose.
- Oil – applies a combination of short dabs and longer brushstrokes to produce the color and texture of oil paint
- Impressionist – applies short and very visible brushstrokes to create the illusion of movement and light
- Modern – applies bold brushstrokes and adds vibrance to colors to produce an abstract reinterpretation of a photo
- Illustration – applies a wide variety of brushstrokes to produce an illustration-style painting
- Detailed Watercolor – applies a translucent wash to produce the smooth, soft effect of watercolor paint on your photo
- Watercolor Sketch – applies a combination of drawn lines and watercolor brushstrokes that add depth, texture and contrast
- Colored Pencil – applies fine-tipped colored pencil strokes
- Pencil – applies graphite pencil strokes that appear to be drawn by hand
- Pen and Ink – applies sketchy strokes with a pen and black ink that appear to be drawn by hand
- Pastel – applies colored pastel strokes that appear to be drawn by hand
System requirements are Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 with Intel® Macintosh® and/or Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (with latest Service Pack) with Pentium® IV, 700 MHz or greater, 1 GB of RAM, 24-bit color display, 1024 × 768 screen resolution, 140 MB of hard disk space for installation, and a Mouse.
You can even download a free trial of it to see if you like it.
These are the original pictures I used for the purpose of this review.
I’m a picture person, if you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you already know this. I do not go on trips without my camera, in fact, I don’t think I’ve gone on a trip where I didn’t take several hundred pictures during that trip. Back in 2007, we took a trip to Florida to visit with my dad and visit Disney, well, I took over 1,000 pictures during that week long visit! Yeah, like I said, I like pictures :toofunny
Anyway, I found out about this new program that is out, Corel® Paint it!™ and I just had to try it out! I don’t really like to spend a lot of time editing photos and doing all kinds of things to them, mainly because I just don’t have the time to sit down and do these things. Plus, I don’t like editing my photos to make them look better than they really are, you know, like some people do to make their photos look professionally done or to make them look better than they are. That’s just not me. BUT, I love to be able to do cool things with the photos, like what you can do with the Corel® Paint it!™ software.
I was able to use this software on both a Windows computer and a Mac, which was great, because I could see the differences in the software on different platforms. I’ve only noticed one difference between the software on a Mac and PC. On the Mac I hate that it takes over the entire screen. You aren’t able to get to any of your dock items, which is basically your shortcut to all your most used applications. This isn’t good because if you get an email or want to surf the net while the program is running, well, you can’t. The only menu you have access to is for the program. However, if you are using the software on a Mac, you still have access to your Taskbar and Start menu, so you can open other things and do other things while the program is running. Other than that, they seem to run exactly the same.
Above the flower was done in the detailed watercolor and Shanny was done in a colored pencil.
You not only have the ability to have the software convert your photo’s into paintings automatically, but you can also paint them yourself. I like the automatic feature the best, although it does take a while to go through the process. You have several different types of paintings you can do and each of them will look differently depending on the photo you use. I will suggest that you do not try to paint photos of your family or anything with lots and lots of detail to them. It just doesn’t look right, at least to me. You can see for yourself by looking above at the before (original images) and below at the after images. She doesn’t look bad in the painting, but when you look at the difference between her and the before and after of the flower, you’ll see what I mean.
If you decide to paint your photo’s yourself, be prepared to spend a lot of time doing it! There are a lot of settings you can go through, different types of brushes/pens/pencils, different colors, different thicknesses of the stroke, etc. But it’s fun to just experiment. Plus, you can even do partial painting, which can make the photo look cool. When you are all done, you just save the image as a new image (so you don’t write over your original, unless you want to) and be on your way.
All in all, the software is pretty darn cool and if you like fiddling with your photo’s, I’d suggest getting it!