Photo painter Corel shows you how to quickly make works of art out of your photographs
Seeing the brush strokes of your photo being turned into art is a nice touch
Price £27 Company Corel Web www.painterartist.com
Paint It! makes it possible to turn regular photos into hand-drawn works of digital art. The software is aimed squarely at beginners – indeed, its simple interface with big, easy-to-understand icons means that it’s an excellent tool for getting children into digital art. However, adults may also find lots to like here.
Like some of the best beginner tools, Paint It! can be as simple as you like, but it also has enough depth to help you refine your art as you become more proficient with the program. Using it is as simple as selecting a digital photo, choosing an art style (such as Oil Painting, Impressionist Painting, Watercolors and much more) and pressing the Play button. Paint It! takes care of the rest. Seeing the brush strokes of your photo being turned into digital art is a nice touch, giving you insight into colour and technique.
The final results are pretty decent, and for some people they’ll be good enough. However, as an artist you’ll probably want to dive in and add your own flair to the artwork, and Paint It! makes this possible.
The default tool selected is the Softedge Cloner brush, which is handy for bringing back details from the original photograph. A light touch is needed here for best results, but unfortunately the default setting is rather over the top, leading to some ghastly outcomes. You can easily tweak Brush size and Opacity, giving you slightly more control over the brushes, but you’re only able to increase or decrease the values in increments of five or 10.
Although Corel has some impressive technology in its art software portfolio, it feels as though not much of this know-how has been applied to Paint It! There’s a perceptible lag when painting that can be distracting, and the more you paint, the bigger the disconnect between yourself and the tools becomes. The best digital art programs provide you with instant results that match your brush strokes and Paint It! isn’t capable of that.
As a tool for children and absolute beginners, or anyone who wants to quickly transform photos into drawings, Paint It! is a perfectly fine tool. However, if you want complete control over your digital art, then this software probably isn’t for you.
You can view the photo being ‘painted’ in the style of your choice. Big buttons make it possible to quickly find the tool or brush that you want, although options are limited.
A simple interface enables you to quickly and easily choose the photo you want to transform.