I've tried all sorts of painting programs and figured out rather quickly that I don't have the talent to paint with a Wacom Tablet nor do I have the skill to use a mouse...or even a touch screen.
I've tried Topaz's Paint program called Topaz Impression.
Either I didn't have the patience or just didn't spend the time, but after a few days I uninstalled my trial version. I don't 'paint' enough to spend $99.99 for the program.
However I have seen some incredible work come from other folks.
It just wasn't a good fit with me.
I also tried a program from Media Chance called Dynamic Auto Painting. Now this program I adored. I could paint in different layers and erase portions while still in the program.
I messed around with the free trail and liked it so much I nearly plunked down the $99 for the software.
But I didn't.
Frankly, I don't find photos that would fit 'painting' in my mind often enough to actually use the programs.
Someone on G+ suggested a program called Fotosketcher. Well why not, it was free.
The first time I tried it, I wasn't impressed. Then I started to change the type of photos that I might consider for 'digital program painting'. I have to give the program the credit, I only pick how the program is going to do it.
Then I sit back and let the engines churn.
Personally I like this one I think the best.
I spent a few moments at the website and read a helpful tutorial of how to combine two paintings into one.
I did that with this photo:
It is different. I combined a pencil drawing and a oil painting. Not sure if this would be a good sample. But it wasn't very hard to do.
I found that some still life really worked well. I added texture over the 'painting' afterwards in PSPX7.
Last note. Be prepared to wait for a while during the time the program is painting.
This is pretty basic as all the other programs I've tried are pretty much the same.
I also have Corel Essentials 5. If I am able to figure out how to properly use it, I'll review it.
I guess it is time to go to YouTube and see if I can find some instructions as Corel made their help section as clear as mud.