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!

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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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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Dianne said...

I would love to use Pencil which applies graphite pencil strokes that appear to be drawn by hand on my photos.

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I don't this posted when I sent it originally, so I am sending it again.
Just last night I had to put down my 15-year-old cat (my son and my best friend!! - I am still bawling as I type this) I have a closeup photo of the side of beautiful face resting on the edge of our backyard table, gazing out at something. I would love to turn this into a watercolor painting with Corel Paint-It, so I could frame it to remember him when he was his happiest.

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Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

I'd use all the features!!

I would love to use this on my guide dog photos.
I have a great one of my last dog "Toby' in a stand-stay in harness, and that would look so good with one of those features on it!!

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I would use the Detailed Watercolor on a photo of my two kids. It's a photo of them at the playground having fun.

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I like the oil feature.
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I would love to try out the Watercolor feature, thanks!

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mkjames12000 said...

The watercolor sketch looks very neat!

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chantal said...

Impressionist is amazing feature. this would be amazing on some of my pics of my daughter!

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I would love to try the Impressionistic technique.

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I would love to apply the Watercolor style to my favorite photo.
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Unknown said...

The Watercolor Sketch looks great.

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Megan said...

i'm a traditionalist at heart so I'm fond of just black and white or antique photos, but I really liked the colored pencil option the site features as well.

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FrostedFantasies said...

I like the oil and colored pencil versions...my two daughters playing on the beach!

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i like the pen and ink feature for touching up photos like ones of my grand babies

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Mommy 2 Monkeys said...

I'd like to try watercolor sketch to use on a picture of my family so I could display it.

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I like the Pastel to use on some pictures I have of my children.

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the water color,on a picture of my boys in the pool!

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I would like to use the Impressionist on a picture of my nephew.

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Kathy S said...

The Impressionist style is my favorite. I'm a huge fan of Impressionist artists, and would love to apply this to my photography. I have a photo of my two granddaughters wandering on the beach at sunset after my son's wedding in Aruba last year. They are unaware that their photo is being taken, and look beautiful in their flower girl dresses, wearing the ring of flowers in their hair. They were ages 2&6 at the time. Would love to see this in the Impressionist style!
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I like this paint style: Detailed Watercolor
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Watercolor on my family photo.

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