Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ENDED Software Giveaway - COREL Paint It!

I received the COREL Paint It! software and could not wait to try it. According to the box: COREL Paint It! takes your favorite photo memories and magically transforms them into unique paintings, right before your eye! Simply choose a painting style and press start. Then add fun effects to make it truly yours. Save, print, frame or share your art creations.

I first installed in on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. It did install but it did not work, it kept giving me an error upon execution. I uninstalled the software and proceeded to install it on a 32-bit laptop running also Windows 7. It worked perfectly in that environment. Make sure to check which version you have before installing the software.

This software is well suited for scrapbookers, photography enthusiasts, families and creative minds of all ages (including children -- especially small children), Paint it! features art tools and painting presets that are both simple and intuitive. This makes it easier than ever for anyone to use theirown  photos to create unique digital art photos that are perfect for framing or sharing.

I picked a picture of my family and tried all the preset painting styles. I really liked using the software, it was very easy and the results speak for themselves. See below for some samples. The painting styles included are:
  • Oil - Transforms an image using a combination of short dabs and longer brushstrokes to simulate the color and texture of oil paint
  • Impressionist - Transforms an image by applying short and distinct brushstrokes to create the illusion of movement and light.
  • Modern - Transforms an image using vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes to produce an
    abstract-looking painting
  • Illustration - Transforms an image using a variety of brushstrokes to produce an illustration-style painting
  • Watercolor Sketch - Transforms an image by combining drawn lines and watercolor brushstrokes to
    produce a painting with added depth, texture, and contrast
  • Detailed Watercolor - Transforms an image by applying a translucent wash to produce the smooth, soft effect of watercolor paint
  • Colored Pencil - Transforms an image so that it looks as if it was hand-drawn using fine-tipped colored pencils
  • Pencil Drawing - Transforms an image so that it looks as if it was hand-drawn using a graphite pencil Pen and Ink - Produces a sketch of the image that looks as if it was handdrawn using a pen and black ink
  • Pastel - Transforms an image so that it looks as if it was hand-drawn using colored pastels
It has several brushes that you can use to customize your painting:
  • Pencil (lets you draw lines on your painting or photo)
  • Felt Pen (has a rounded tip that lets you apply realistic, flowing pen strokes)
  • Sponge (lets you add color and texture to your painting or photo by using short dabs or long strokes)
  • Airbrush (lets you apply a fine stream of color to your painting or photo)
  • Spray Paint (lets you apply a wide spray of color to your painting or photo)
  • Smudge (lets you blend areas of adjacent color)
  • Furry Brush (lets you add a fun, furry effect to your painting or photo)
  • Fire Brush (lets you add flames to your painting or photo)
  • Fairy Dust (lets you apply a whimsical effect or border to your painting or photo)
  • Neon Pen (lets you create the illusion of glowing brushstrokes)
  • Leaf Brush (lets you add a series of leaf images to your painting or photo)
  • Distortion Brush (lets you distort an area of your photo to achieve a dramatic effect)
  • Pattern Pen (lets you add a patterned stroke to your painting or photo)
  • Wave Brush (lets you distort an area of your photo to produce a ripple effect)
  • Dissolver Brush (lets you blur or soften the details of your photo).
System Requirements:
  • Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (with latest Service Pack)
  • Pentium® IV, 700 MHz or greater
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 24-bit color display
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution
  • 140 MB of hard disk space for installation
  • Mouse 
For a free trial, click on this link.

Giveaway Rules:
  • One entry only - Please comment on why you want this software
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  • Only residents of the US and Canada may enter
  • Please NO PO Boxes!!!
  • Random number generator will be used - 1 copy to give away
  • The drawing will last till July 1
  • I will post the winners here on July 2
  • Winners have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected
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WINNER - emdk