Portrait Painter

Portrait Painter 1.36

Simulates hand-painted gallery-stule portraits from photographs.
3.6  (16 votes)
1.36 (See all)

Portrait Painter can give your photographs a hand-painted feel. The application has a modern and easy-to-use interface, with the working area in the center of the window and a side panel to make the desired adjustments. There is also a preset gallery at the bottom. The tool supports common picture formats like JPG, PNG and TIFF.

An advantage of this application is that it can produce great effects even if the user does not have artistic skills. In this respect, it is good that it comes with 40 one-touch presets, which you can easily try and preview until you find the one you like the best. In this regard, there are two main groups of paint styles. Portrait Paint retains the original colors of the photograph to create a classic-style portrait. Bright Color, in turn, can produce much more colorful and modern results by substituting the source colors with brighter ones.

If you feel you have the skills to create more personalized results, you will probably want to use the tool’s multiple possibilities to do so. In this regard, it is possible to alter texture by picking canvas or linen. Besides, you can experiment with different values for brush size, stroke length and bristle strength. Luckily, all of this can be done by simply dragging sliders. What is more, there is even the possibility to let the application use random values and see what they look like in the painting.

All in all, Portrait Painter certainly creates beautiful hand-painted effects. It gives opportunities to those who have artistic skills as well as those who do not. The product is shareware, so do not miss the chance to try it. Although the latest versions of Portrait Painter have incorporated Detail Tool, which allows small brush strokes, I still feel that it would be nice if the the tool came gave the user more freedom to make interventions to the original image.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary


  • Two paint styles
  • 40 one-touch effects
  • Possible to customize effects
  • Beautiful and realistic results


  • Sometimes quits unexpectedly
  • Wish it gave more freedom to make interventions
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