Thursday, June 10, 2010

Corel Paint it! {Review & Giveaway} Transform your favorite photos into unique masterpieces

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

I think that most moms would agree that as beautiful as traditional works of art can be, the most treasured ones are always the photographs of our children. Around here, the majority of the pieces that my husband and I purchased before we had kids have ended up in storage due to enlarged pictures or canvas prints of Big Sister E and Little Sister B.

However, that doesn't mean that I don't wish we could do a little... something more. You know, like have a skilled artist come over and create a gorgeous watercolor or oil painting of my girls instead. Because of course they would both sit perfectly still long enough for that to happen, right? And naturally I could afford to have said artist come drop by whenever I wanted to make another masterpiece every once in a while.

Fortunately, now I don't have to dream. Whenever I want to create a customized, beautiful work of art featuring my daughters, I simply sit down at my computer, open Corel Paint it! and within minutes I have my own stunning artwork.

For use with both Windows and Mac, Corel Paint it! is one of the easiest software applications I have ever used. After inserting the disc and downloading the files, I was immediately ready to begin transforming my photos into paintings. With ten different painting styles and a variety of tools, brushes and pens, you have the option of being creative or just sitting back and letting Corel Paint it! do the work for you.

Upon opening the program, you are met with the option of creating a new project or continuing with a work in progress. Such decisions!

Uploading a new photograph is as easy as picking the one that you want on your computer and Corel Paint it! will bring it right up on the screen.

Along the left-hand side and top of the screen are the tools available to put your own personal touch on your photograph. Write with a neon pen, run a string of leaves along the edge, smudge the lines or even add fairy dust - it's all up to you and easily done with the click of the mouse.

On the right are the preset painting styles and these are where, as far as I'm concerned, the fun really lies. Simply click on the technique and the start button and Corel Paint it! literally paints the picture right before your eyes.

Depending on the number of intricate details, each of the different painting styles takes a different length of time to complete. For me, I didn't mind waiting 80 seconds to see the finished oil painting of my daughters because I thought it was pretty amazing.

Love it.

Love it, love it, love it. Even better, I can take my completed digital art and do whatever I want with it. Enlarging and framing it would be beautiful as well as just emailing it to family as a great surprise. I am already thinking about the possibilities that this software is going to open up for creating my daughters' next birthday invitations or our holiday cards.

Whether you're computer-savvy or still learning how to work a mouse, Corel Paint it! is easy to use and fun for all ages. If you are looking for a simple way to turn your pictures into a work of art or are a photography buff or scrapbooker, this would be a really cool program to have. As far as I can tell, the only downfall to this application is finding enough wall space to display your creations. Plus, it's pretty addicting. How can I not want to see my girls in all of the different styles?

Corel Paint it! is available now on their website and will soon be in retail stores across North America. Want to try it before you make a purchase? Download a free trial today and see just how much you'll enjoy making your own masterpieces. Better yet, thanks to Corel's generosity, one person will become their own talented artist, because...

One lucky person will win a copy of Corel Paint it! ARV $39.99!

To enter to win: Browse the Corel Paint it! features and tell me which of the painting styles you would like to apply to your favorite photograph. Feel free to describe the photograph as well, I'd love to hear about it!

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Giveaway will end on July 1st at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

A big thank you to Corel Paint it! for providing this software for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. I was given this opportunity due to my membership at The Product Review Place. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Jennifer said...

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Mommy Is Green said...

My favorite is the Watercolor Sketch!

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Rebecca Graham said...

I would use the watercolor sketch on my grandchildrens photo.

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agordon10 said...

I like the Watercolor Sketch.

Annie1 said...

I'd like the pen and ink feature! I have photos of my daughter's art that would look great with that touch!

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

watercolor for sure

Jennifer said...

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rainmommy said...

i would like to have the Illustration feature for a few pictures of my daughter.
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CathyH said...

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Garman said...

What a great art tool.

Anonymous said...

wow this is the coolest product i have seen in a long time. i would love to try all of them. but first i would use watercolors and do the first photo of my daughter the day she was born
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Bob said...

I have a photograph of my Australian Shepherd, Esther, I'd like to process with Corel Paint It Impressionist filter

sfyates said...

I would love a Corel Paint software for my computer. I could make pictures ,frame them and mail them.

Quirky Mama said...

I'm entering to win this for my husband, he would love it! He is a talented photographer and this would be perfect for him. I would like to use the colored pencil style on a favorite picture of my kiddos running through bubbles.

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katscorner said...

I love the Pastel

Denise S. said...

I like the Watercolor Sketch style.

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jappleseed said...

oil paint my dog photos

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Peggy said...

My favorite is the Detailed Watercolor,I like the softer features!
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♥Cari♥ said...

I would really like to try the Pen & Ink style.

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Birdie S. said...

I like the PASTEL I have a picture of my grandaughter holding her little brother for the first time that would be sooooo se\weet & softened with this application birdson@roadrunner.com

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Blitzyflitzy said...

I like the different style of painting you can choose from!
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Bacallsmom said...

I would like to try the oil and impressionist features on my photos.
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Bethany said...

On my blog, last post I made, I'd like to turn the one of my little girl standing in the sprinkler with her pink swim goggles on into an oil painting!

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Julie said...

would luv to try the colored pencil style on my 6 1/2 month old daughter's black and white pics I take:)

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Nanbon44 said...

Watercolor would be my choice

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Renee said...

I would love to use this program to turn some of my favorite pictures into paintings
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jbafaith said...

I think I would use either the oil or watercolor. One of the pictures I would like to do is a scenic I took out in the Hoh Rain Forest last fall. It is so beautiful looking through the trees to the river which appears kind of aqua colored in the picture!

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wigget said...

i like the impressionist style

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Dee said...

I'd like the water colors one to do the newest pic of our whole family.

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I'd like to try the Pen and Ink style. Thanks!

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I would use the Modern style on images of my sister and I in Nashville.



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I'd like to use the Detailed Watercolor on a picture with friends on vacation together

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409cope said...

I have a picture of my sons,taken when they were little.They are standing atop a castle in Germany and France is in the background.I would love to see the I mpressionist feature applied to this picture.

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