Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Corel Paint it! - CLOSED

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Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Corel Paint it! (courtesy of Corel and a pitch on The Product Review Place).  I was really excited to try out Corel Paint it! because I remembered back to college when I took a 1-credit course to boost my GPA and it was all about Corel products and I loved how easy they were to use but I hadn't used them since and it's been almost over 10 years (gasp!).  I am attached to Photoshop(R), even if I don't know how to use 75% of it, so I was grateful for the ease of use that is offered by Corel Paint it!  I opted to use a picture of Logan that has a fair amount of detail, but because he's a black dog, I find it can be harder to modify/edit correctly (at least for me) in Adobe(R) Photoshop. 
Logan's pictures untouched - I opted for a photo with lots of details in the background and foreground.  I have also noticed with other programs that black dogs are sometimes hard to capture well! (outside of Adobe(R) , other programs meaning programs meant to simplify changing a photograph into a "painting").
Using the Detailed Watercolor feature and no additional touch-ups, I think this picture looks really great.  There is still a lot of detail on his face, but the background is appropriately washed out.  With one simple click of a button, the program made all the changes that would have taken me hours in Photoshop!

This time, I opted for the oil painting.  I like the texture in the piece and am amazed that there is still a lot of detail in Logan's face and the flowers.  I did no additional touch-ups after using this option.  There are multiple other painting, pastels, and sketch options available but these were two of my favorites with this picture!

I haven't tried the program on pictures of my kids yet, but I am impressed on the ability to truly "automagically" transform pictures into paintings.  I have a fast computer, and it worked on this image about 5-10 minutes for each painting option, but it's still no effort on my part in comparison to Photoshop!  I also like the ability to restore certain features of your photo, so if you didn't like the painting effect on a face, you could restore the photo look for the eyes, nose, and mouth!  In addition, Corel Paint it! allows you to save the images in file formats that can be used in other programs, so you don't have to worry about your ability to upload, print, and/or edit using other software.  Overall, I think any of these options would look great printed on canvas (or another medium, we just like finished canvas) and hung in our home!

If you really want the ability to transform your photographs, this program is for you!  You can purchase the Corel Paint it! in stores, online, or directly from Corel for $39.99 or keep reading and you might win your own copy to "automagically" transform your photographs!

Giveaway details:
This giveaway will end on August 17th at 9:30pm Central.  One winner will have 48-hours to respond or a new winner will have to be chosen. (US Entries Only)

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Corel Paint It! and let me know something you learned about the program (i.e., system requirements, types of painting styles (excl. watercolor and oil), or some of the creative effects)!
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Disclosure:  I received the Corel Paint it! from Corel for my honest reviews and opinions on the product.  No additional compensation was received.  The reviews above are my honest opinion and my differ from others.

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138 comments:

anthy Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:50:00 PM CDT  

I learned that there are tons of different paint styles, including Impressionist, Detailed Watercolor, and Pastel.

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Ryan A. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 9:13:00 PM CDT  

Amazed to find that this Corel product is actually supported on Mac OS X!! Yahoo! Finally a decent looking editing product that isn't an Adobe! :)

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janetfaye Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 8:02:00 PM CDT  

Play with the Fire Brush, Fairy Dust, Pattern Pen, Leaf Brush and other fun effects to spice up your photo painting in seconds.

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ruthhill74 Friday, July 30, 2010 at 2:52:00 PM CDT  

All the members of you can use it to make "hand-painted" pictures to display.

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Janice,  Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7:31:00 AM CDT  

I learned that you can apply different painting styles, such as detailed watercolor, colored pencil, and oil

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~J Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 11:22:00 AM CDT  

I learned that Paint It is Compatible with popular photo-editing software...very cool!

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PERMANENT POSIES Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 2:38:00 PM CDT  

Well, I liked the fact that you can make a photo look like it is an oil painting....even impressionistic....since I am an oil painter.

PERMANENT POSIES Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 2:38:00 PM CDT  

Well, I liked the fact that you can make a photo look like it is an oil painting....even impressionistic....since I am an oil painter.

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