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An Easy App for Painterly Portraits–Portrait Painter!

Posted on the 18 October 2012 by Art Of Mob @artofmob

As a former portrait artist (mainly sci-fi character sketch cards) I am familiar with the work involved in creating a painterly portrait from scratch. 

Here is an example of a portrait I did from scratch in Photoshop – no editing of a photo, each brush stroke was put down one stroke at a time.  This took about 8 hours to complete.

Beauty © Geri Centonze

And here is a portrait I was able to create of my granddaughter – it took about 10 minutes after I made some adjustments and tried the different styles in the new app by JixiPix Portrait Painter!  It is available for the MAC, iPad and iPhone.

Edit with Portrait Painter © Geri Centonze

It’s easy to create your own beautiful images. 

Below is a raw image I downloaded from

Image Courtesy of

I uploaded the file into Portrait Painter and cropped it square

Screenshot Portrait Painter

I chose my Portrait Style and made a few adjustments using the Brush, Stroke and Enhance sliders.

 Screenshot Portrait Painter

And here is the result – a beautiful portrait in just minutes.

Edit with Portrait Painter © Geri Centonze

I did notice that the resolution was a bit low when I checked the file size with PhotoSize, but I simply loaded it into Big Photo to resize it larger.

This will definitely be a KEEPER in my iPad painterly app arsenal and I may even use it in combination with other apps to get a really unique style of my own.

I would definitely give this one 5 stars!

If you’re interested in seeing more of JixiPix creative apps, please visit their website.  I own just about every one of them and they all give awesome unique results!

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