There is no shortage of photo enhancement apps for Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The iOS App Store alone has hundreds and hundreds of apps which add filters and effects to digital photos. Mac users have fewer choices, but choices have improved in recent years (as attested by the few dozen new and inexpensive photo effects apps cluttering my Mac).
Many of these Mac photo apps are one-trick pony tools that don’t cost much and deliver a few simple effects. Portrait Painter is a new one which does what many others do not. It takes your photo and turns it into a gallery style painting.
Take a look at a few sample photos which have been converted to digital paintings.
Even ordinary, plain, uninspired photos can take on a new life when converted to a more artistic painting.
The most mundane photo can become a masterpiece worth printing and sharing. Portrait Painter’s controls are remarkably simple to master, though trial and error is the attitude you need at first.
Drag and drop a photo onto Portrait Painter, select a preset with a click, then adjust settings using the handy slider controls.
Click any of the images above for a larger, pop up, closeup gallery view.
Portrait Painter has to paint styles. The classic color palette, and a brighter color palette. The presets are numerous and make it simple to create a photo painting with a click.
Other features include the smooth skin tool which smooths away freckles and wrinkles. Because the end result emulates a painting, the tools have controls for brush strokes, brush length, bristle strength, and canvas.
For on-the-go paintings there’s both an iPad and iPhone version, though the Mac version costs more than both combined. I have to admit that this is a fun way to add color and life to even the most plain digital photos