Saturday, May 29, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Corel Paint It! CLOSED



Since having a child, I've become quite the amateur photographer. I have a camera hanging from my neck or wrist daily, always prepared to capture those special moments. Almost as fun as taking the pictures is editing them to create the perfect final portrait. I typically use Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to touch up or enhance my photos, so when I was offered to review a new photo editing software package from Corel, there was no way I could pass it up.

Corel Paint It!
allows users to effortlessly turn their favorite photos into unique, digital works of art. Paint It! features a variety of brushes and preset painting styles - everything you need to add stunning painted effects to your photos in as few as three mouse clicks. With it's simple, intuitive user interface, Paint It! is suitable for photographers, scrapbookers, families and creative minds of all ages. (And yes, it is compatible with both Windows and Mac machines!)

Being of an impatient nature, I was thrilled that the software was quick and painless to install. I couldn't wait to get started. I found the program to be extremely user-friendly. The icons are large and easy to read. No manual necessary. Any tech-savvy person should be able to figure it out in no time, although there is a Help menu available for beginners. You simply choose a picture file from your computer, click on the desired effect button, press play and BOOM! A custom work of art is being drawn right before your eyes! It was so fun testing different effects with different photos and watching the digital sketches or brushstrokes splash across the screen. But caution: it's addicting! I've spent hours upon hours playing around with it. Check out some of the masterpieces I created using Paint It!:

"Modern Painting":



"Impressionist Painting" (same photo):



"Oil Painting":



"Detailed Watercolor":



"Pastel":



"Illustration":



"Watercolor Sketch":



"Pen & Ink":



"Colored Pencil Drawing":



"Pencil Drawing":



You can also add things like fairy dust or texture (sponge, furry, airbrush, etc.) to personalize your photo further. Kids would get a kick out of this!

While there's no doubt that Paint It! is a cool program, there are a few drawbacks. Mainly, it is very time-consuming. I have quite a fast processor and it can still take upwards of 5-10 minutes to complete one photo sketch. Granted, many of my photos are from my SLR and are very hi-res so you may not have this problem if you use a lower-end camera. But because it takes so long, I have to set aside a chunk of time if I want to experiment with the various effects and features. Not so easy when you're a busy mama. With Paint Shop Pro, I can apply the same effects instantaneously.

I've also had mixed feelings about the results. The drawings and paintings are hit or miss, in my opinion. I've found that landscapes tend to turn out a little better than portraits of people (perhaps because of the finer facial details?) Since 95% of my photos are of my family, I found this to be a little disappointing.

Overall, I think Paint It! would be best suited for photo editing novices or those who aspire to scrapbook, frame and/or share the "paintings" as gifts. Photoshop or PSP gurus may be frustrated by the lack of control over the finished product. However, if you aren't familiar with the more sophisticated programs or would prefer something affordable and entry-level, I think this is a wonderful, basic tool.

BUY IT: You can purchase Corel Paint It! online at http://store1.corel.com/corel or at select retailers nationwide (ARV $39.99).

FUN FREEBIE: Not sure if it's for you?! You can download a free trial version of Paint It!

WIN IT: Corel is kindly offering one lucky reader their own copy of Corel Paint It!

MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): Tell me about one photo you'd most like to turn into a painting. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!

SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES): To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!

1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)

2.) Follow me and Corel Paint It! on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:

Turn your photos into works of art with @CorelPaintIt! Win a copy @kris10chumley Ends 6/14 http://bit.ly/aD36zV

Just leave me a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)

3.) Add my button to your site and comment with a link where I can find it. (1 entry)

4.) Visit the Corel store and tell me another product you'd like to own. (1 entry)

5.) "Like" Corel Paint It! on Facebook. (1 entry)

Giveaway will end on June 14, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by The Product Review Place. I received a free copy of Corel Paint It! from Kelly with Corel to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are purely mine. Your experience may differ.

158 comments:

janetfaye said...

I have a cute photo of my 3 grandchildren that I would love to turn into a painting.

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aledol said...

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I would like to turn my youngest son's newborn picture into a painting
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I am a follower
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I am a subscriber
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Mysharona said...

A photo of my kids.

Denise said...

I'd use a photo of my two daughters swimming together.

aledol said...

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RJ said...

The latest pic of my grands!

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RJ said...

I follow you & Corel Paint and I tweeted about this giveaway.

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RJ said...

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cdziuba said...

I have a lovely photo of my husband holding our new granddaughter.


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wildcat32 said...

I have a photo of my children on the beach I would love to turn into a painting.
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wildcat32 said...

follow both and tweet http://twitter.com/5memb/status/15328731990
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buzzd said...

photo of my sister and I as kids

aledol said...

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Chrissyb said...

I'd use our 1st family photos! transamws602(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Chrissyb said...

I have your button
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Chrissyb said...

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Bacallsmom said...

I have a very old photo of my mother as a child that I would LOVE to make into a "painting."
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Bacallsmom said...

Following you with GFC (Bacallsmom)

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Subscribed to your blog at bbentry [at] hotmail [dot] com (since AOL is blocking Feedburner now).

Bacallsmom said...

Your button is on my sidebar at http://bnbproductions.terapad.com/

Bacallsmom said...

I'd love to have Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3. I have an old version of PSP, and I would dearly love to get the newer one.

Bacallsmom said...

"Like" Corel Paint It on Facebook (Susie Randle)

aledol said...

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imin2fun81 said...

We have one picture of our dog that I would love to turn into a painting.
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kathyluman said...

I would change the Photo of me and my husband taking during his home coming from Iraq. It is my husbands favorite photo and I would like to spruce it up.
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kathyluman said...

I'm following your blog via Google Friend Connect.
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kathyluman said...

I'm a subscriber via Google Reader.
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kathyluman said...

I'm an email subscriber.
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kathyluman said...

I'm following you and Corel Paint It! on twitter and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/kathyluman/status/15524478433
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kathyluman said...

I would also like to own the
CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5.
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kathyluman said...

I Like Corel Paint it! on facebook. (Kathy Luman)
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aledol said...

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makeetis said...

I would paint a picture that I have of my husband and I
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Shannon said...

A picture of four generations in our family.

Shannon said...

Follow and Tweeted
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Shannon said...

I like Corel Paint on Facebook!

kathyluman said...

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aledol said...

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skgaff said...

I have a sweet sweet photo of my kids together that I would love to turn into a painting
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follow your blog
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subscribe via google reader
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skgaff said...

follow you and corel paint it on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/skgaff/status/15630975310
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skgaff said...

I would like to own Corel VideoStudio Pro X3
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aledol said...

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kathyluman said...

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aledol said...

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Chrissyb said...

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kathyluman said...

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aledol said...

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aledol said...

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Melissa B. said...

I want my Chicken picture to be turned into a painting

aledol said...

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wildcat32 said...

daily tweet http://twitter.com/5memb/status/16000397040
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terri142 said...

I have a family photo from Disney World that I would love to turn into a painting.

terri142 said...

I already subscribe to your blog by email.

terri142 said...

I follow you and corelPaintit! on twitter(terri142)and tweeted!

http://twitter.com/terri142/status/16004468934

terri142 said...

Another product from Corel I would like to own is the
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3.

terri142 said...

I Like Corel Paint it! on facebook.

kathyluman said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/kathyluman/status/16019460010
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jsc123 said...

I would love to use this for my favorite weeding photo of my husband.

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jsc123 said...

I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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jsc123 said...

I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

jsc123 said...

I am subscribed via Google Reader.

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jsc123 said...

I would also like the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5.

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jsc123 said...

I am a fan of Corel Paint It as Jill Myrick.

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aledol said...

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kathyluman said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/kathyluman/status/16084682708
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Jennifer M said...

Since you said portraits aren't as good, I think it would be nice to have a 'painting' of the front of our house.

Jennifer M said...

I also like Corel's Photo and Video Pro X3 Bundle.

wildcat32 said...

daily tweet http://twitter.com/5memb/status/16099978811
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Louis said...

I have a special photo I took at the Grand Canyon what I'd like to turn into a painting

Louis said...

Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

Louis said...

I subscribed via email schnitzomage at gmail dot com

Louis said...

following you nd Corel Paint It! on twitter @rosidentevil
http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/16100958587

Louis said...

I would also lie to try the
Corel® WinDVD Pro 2010

Louis said...

I like Corel Paint it! on FaceBook (louis huff) :)

Hotsnotty2 said...

I would love to turn my wedding photo into a painting, thanks!

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wildcat32 said...

daily tweet http://twitter.com/5memb/status/16139001047
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kathyluman said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/kathyluman/status/16140685851
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Valancia said...

My photo of our kitty cat Abby

Valancia said...

I'm subscribed

Birdson said...

id like to turn the picture of my grandaughter holding her little brother for the first time into a painting birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdson said...

I like Corel paint It on FB birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdson said...

Im an email subscriber of yours birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdson said...

Im an email subscriber of yours birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdson said...

Id love to have the CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5 from the Corel store birdson@roadrunner.com

ShesAnAngel said...

I'd like to turn a pic of my kids at the beach into a painting...

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ShesAnAngel said...

I subscribe via email

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ShesAnAngel said...

I'm following you both via twitter and I tweeted

http://twitter.com/ShesAnAngel417/status/16160842588

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ShesAnAngel said...

I like Corel Paint It! on facebook

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susan1215 said...

I have a cute picture of my children with our dogs I would paint.

susan1215 said...

follow via GFC

susan1215 said...

fan of Corel Paint It on Facebook Susan Smith

amyd said...

A recent picture of my 2 sons swimming!

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amyd said...

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amyd said...

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tina reynolds said...

A photo of my kids together at the park from this past easter thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i follow your blog

tina reynolds said...

i subscribe thanks for the chance

tina reynolds said...

I like corel on facebook (mrstinareynolds)

Julie said...

I would like to turn a picture of a barn and wagon wheel that I took last summer into a painting. I think it would look better as a painting then as a photograph.

FDP 4 Life said...

i have a photo of my husband that would be perfect to turn into a painting

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FDP 4 Life said...

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Julie said...

I subscribe with GFC

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Julie said...

I subscribe with email

Julie said...

I subscribe with google reader.

Julie said...

http://twitter.com/Brebysmommie/status/16185448135
I tweeted and followed you and Corel

Julie said...

I like Corel Paint It on FB

Julie said...

I also would like WinZip.

Julie said...

Your button is on my blog
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Bakersdozen said...

I have a photo of my kids lined up on stairs and making funny faces. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jinxy and Me said...

I would use a Christmas picture of my nephew.

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

Chrissyb said...

http://twitter.com/lilbabybootie/status/16192967079

Charlene said...

I have a great photo of my son when he lost his first tooth :)

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Charlene said...

Follower on GFC

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Charlene said...

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Casey Becher said...

I have a cute pic of my 1st dog that I'd like to do as a painting. I miss that little guy!

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Casey Becher said...

I have a cute pic of my 1st dog that I'd like to do as a painting. I miss that little guy!

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Casey Becher said...

I subscribe to your feed with My Yahoo.

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Casey Becher said...

I follow your blog via gfc

Casey Becher said...

I have your button on my blog.
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Casey Becher said...

The Corel® WinDVD Pro 2010 looks cool!

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Gianna said...

Our wedding photo :)

aledol said...

http://twitter.com/aleshamom4/status/16217306468

Jolee said...

I have a picture of my daughter doing a bag race, with her hair flying every which way and a BIG smile. That would be fun to "art-ify." :-) joleehamlin AT comcast DOT net

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