Virtual Painter

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 7, 2008

OK, so you can't really paint dramatic landscapes like the Renaissance greats, but Virtual Painter 5 can. The interface may lean toward the simplistic side, but the transformation of photo files into Van Goughesque oils, colorful pencil art, and sweeping water colors is impressive. Virtual Painter 5 gives you 16 artistic styles and 20 canvases to achieve your look, and lets you make further adjustments to focus, scale, and rendering, among other parameter. We prefer the sliding scale and numeric inputs of Expert mode to the vague descriptors of "subtle," "normal," "intense" in the standard adjustment pane. Tweaks to contrast, brush angle and brush size, and color spectrum are sorely missed, but despite that, playing around with the painterly modes is addictive. The trial's allotted 32-uses disappeared all too quickly.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added June 23, 2006
Version 5.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 82,093
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

Turn your favorite digital photos into realistic looking paintings such as watercolor, oil painting, with a few simple mouse clicks. No difficult setup is required. Your photos are turned into paintings in front of your eyes in a few seconds. Virtual Painter 5 could not be any easier to use.

All you need to do is to open a digital photo, select one of the 16 painting styles, then click OK to let the application do the work for you. Version 5 has the quality of all the artistic filters has been drastically improved.

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