Heather Chinn

Photo Art

Creating art from what we see is nothing new and creating paintings and drawings from photos is no different. The ability to quickly and easily create a sellable work of art is invaluable. Corel Painter is a fully equipped digital painting software that can help you turn your favorite images into amazing photo art.

Photo art is a fun and creative way to create original art or share memories with loved ones. Change your images into treasured artwork that can be displayed for everyone to enjoy.

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Photo Art

Why use Painter for your Photo Art?

Corel Painter is the absolute best digital art software when it comes to top of the line tools, and workflow for photo art:

  • Hundreds of brushes and tons of paper textures
  • Custom workspace layout specifically for turning photos into art
  • Artificial Intelligence Style Transfer, Auto-Painting and cloning tools
  • Compatibility with drawing tablets and multi-touch

Essential Tools


Open your photo, launch the Auto-Painting Panels and start photo painting. Select an AI Style, if desired, then choose Auto-Painting and let Painter do the work. It’s as simple as choosing a Smart Stroke or Clone brush and then clicking play to fill the canvas with realistic paint.

Photographic details

Use the Restoration Panel to bring back photographic details from your original image. Select brushes from the Smart Stroke and Cloners brush categories, which automatically paint from your original image, and adjust the size smaller to bring in more details or larger to blend.

Hand painting

Hand paint your image by opening your photo and choose Quick Clone to get started. Select any brush of your liking, select a Clone Color and dip the brush into your photo and start painting. Plus, you can adjust the Tracing Paper opacity to view your original photo while painting.

Photo art layout

Launch the Photo Art Palette Layout and unlock all of the tools that will streamline your photo painting process.

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What can you create with Corel Painter?

Getting started with Painter and Photo Art

Prepping the file

Preparing your file.

The Background

Painting the background.

Painting the subject

Painting the subject.

Finishing Your Painting

Finishing details.

Corel Discovery Center

More Photo art for beginners tutorials

Photo Art for Beginners - Corel Discovery Center

NEW 2022 tools

Ultimate workflow optimization.

Do more than Photo Art with Corel Painter

Use Painter for much more than just your photo art needs.
Check out some of Painter’s other unique uses like Illustration, Concept Art, Manga and Fine Art.

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