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There are many apps out there that instantly turn photos into paintings. But if you're a hands on creative and want to try the art of digital pixel painting, read on.
As I mentioned in My Story, digital art can be a non-messy, space saving medium for busy moms, travel artists and digital nomads. If you want to paint from photographs, I recommend using your own images, so your work is original from start to finish. You can watermark your products and be worry free of copywrite laws.
So what software is best for producing digital art? Adobe Photoshop right? Well, that depends on what you want to do and how much money you want to spend. Photoshop is considered the premier product for photographers. But if painting is your main interest, Corel Paint Pro has an abundance of digital brushes and pixel editing options equal to Photoshop. Corel is intuitive and user friendly and might be a more affordable choice for artists who just want to give digital art a trial run.
The main difference between the two, was that previous versions of Corel needed a separate photo editing program. Corel is now available in a Paint only version or the Ultimate version, which includes photo editing. If you already have a paint program that you want to continue working with, or you only want to try Corel Paint, Affinity Photo is a low cost option that offers basically the same options as Photoshop. For greeting card artists, Photoshop, Corel Ultimate, and Affinity Photo all have template functions for printing easily.
You'll find links below to all three software programs. They all have free trials, so you can experiment with them before you buy. There are other digital paint programs available, but these are the three I've had the most experience with. If you've used other programs, feel free to send me a review, whether positive or negative. I'll be happy to post the information here for other artists to consider.
To your success,