Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Warning: Highly Addictive

Gerard over at The Presurfer always tracks down the coolest online art generators, but PsykoPaint, his most recent find, is possibly the best (and most instantly addictive) discovery ever.

Psykopaint is a Flash online paint program that allows you to upload a photograph and then convert it to art by painting over it with different tools. The colors that appear in your painting are based on those in the photograph, so you don't have to change colors or even worry about them. And it's so much more than that. Using Psykopaint you get to play with all kinds of brushes which you can further customize by selecting different options (among them, presets that give you the look of some famous masters.)

Here's one of my rose photographs, as it might have been painted by Renoir (click to see larger version):



It's not just typical brushstroke conversions, either. There are tons of options to do with each tool, and one (the Psykocannon) allows you to paint with shapes like mosaic tiles, splashes, letters and even hearts. This is one I did with the Psykocannon set to the confetti option:



To do this, you just move the brush back and forth over your image via the mouse; the program does the rest. Here's what the screen looks like when you're working on an uploaded photo (click image to see larger version):



You can upload your image, work on a sample image provided by the site or start with a blank canvas. Also, this is a great generator for all ages to use because it's very simple and does all the work for you (I think kids would have a blast with this.) A quick and easy video tutorial plays when you go to start painting, too.

5 comments:

  1. Wow that looks great! Tell me does it take long to put these effects on a photograph? I definitely gotta try this.

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  2. Very cool! Just what I need, another procrastination tool, lol!

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  3. Lynn Viehl, you made my day coming to my blog for my review of Frostfire!!! But I am such a goober that I accidentally erased your comment as it was in my spam folder. Anyway, I love your books and I've spent many happy hours reading about the Darkyn and the Kyndred. Please keep 'em coming!

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  4. Holzspalter wrote: Tell me does it take long to put these effects on a photograph?

    Not at all. I did each one in under a minute.

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  5. Ms. Petrie wrote: Lynn Viehl, you made my day coming to my blog for my review of Frostfire!!! But I am such a goober that I accidentally erased your comment as it was in my spam folder.

    Happens all the time here, too. :) I think I left the comment just to let you know that I am not the author of any Star Trek books (I'm sure you meant my StarDoc novels, which is my original SF series and unrelated to the Star Trek franchise.)

    Anyway, I love your books and I've spent many happy hours reading about the Darkyn and the Kyndred. Please keep 'em coming!

    Will do. Thanks for the kind words and also returning the blog visit.

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