Summary – Some purists argue that any photo manipulation, no matter how slight, changes a photo into something else (non-photo). Imagine their reaction to a “photo-painting”.
First – an explanation of my position on manipulation
If it suits you, the reader, whatever it is then go for it
Follow all competition & exhibit rules, however
When I write about what I do (& don’t)
It’s just that – what I do personally
Not a judgement on what’s right or wrong for others
In spite of how I may sound 😉
Image from the camera
Roll mouse over for a “watercolor” of the same image
About Photo Auto-Painting Programs
Disclaimer – I am no expert, far from it
I place these programs into two categories
1. Auto-paint stroke by stroke right before your eyes
2. A painting appears instantly (no animated strokes)
Of course there’s also
Free & not
Good & not so good
Easy & complicated
Manual intervention vs total auto-pilot
Type #1 are fun to watch – that’s the good news
But – they can take several minutes
Depends on the program & the image (size especially)
And – you don’t know if the result satisfies until it’s done
Can waste lots of time
The lead image was made with a
Stroke by stroke program – Corel Painter Essentials
$60 (60 day free trial – fully featured) Win/Mac
A stand-alone program (not a plug-in)
Fairly easy to use (in auto-mode)
Lots of powerful manual intervention options
This program would be on my short list
Here’s a 38-second video of the painting being created
and a 10-second video illustrating
just one (of a zillion) manual options
I’m restoring some detail in the wall & flowers
Different strokes for different folks….
Painter Essentials examples (starting with photo)
Click for slide show
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