What are the best resources for turning photos into art?

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    #1Dreamscope

    Dreamscope
    Dreamscope is a photo editor and community that applies cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence to turn your pictures into paintings. Make your photos look like paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, or Monet.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Rose Alvarez
    Written on September 27, 2017
    "I think this is a great source for turning photos into art but it seems very limited in that it seems like it would only be good for someone who wants to have their photo transformed into a painting. Otherwise if one wanted to do other things like make a photo collage this site wouldn't be of much use."
  2. 58

    #2BeFunky

    BeFunky

    This free photo editor allows users to make collages, touch up photos using teeth whiter, red-eye reduction, etc., and add effects. The BeFunky app also comes with editing tools to let you adjust light, clarity, exposure, saturation, etc.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Nancy McDonald
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "BeFunky is a good option. It has a lot of good options and features to make a photo more artistic. I love the bonus of not having to install it."
  3. 45

    #3Prisma

    Prisma
    Prisma is a photo-editing app that lets users transform their photos into art using the style of famous artists like Munk and Picasso, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. It features more than 300 filters to choose from.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Navya Vyas
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "Prisma is a great resource for turning photo into art. It's a free app that I have fun with. I love the filters and effects on this app. I can play with this app all day. It's definitely a must-have."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that you can now turn a photo into art in an instant? The geniuses in technology and gadgets have developed apps that would help you achieve art on your photo at any moment that you may want. Alexei Moiseyenkov, the brainchild of the tech entrepreneur, has invented one of those apps called Prisma that could transform a photo into a contemporary art. Gone are the days that a person should traditionally paint and execute his creativity. The rise of technology has come before us that might provide advantages to the development of arts and humanities. 

With Prisma, you should merely install the app, modify its chosen photo through a style of your own choice, then instantly save it on your gallery. You can also share it on your social media accounts if you would like to. Aside from its ingenious style solution, Prisma also offers a lot of advantages to today's generation. It is free of cost so anyone could download it and install; it is also user-friendly since its features are easy to navigate; the use of it could also allow you not to include watermarks on your photos; and among those, it provides twenty legendary art filters that could cater to your artistic needs.

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    #4PicMonkey

    PicMonkey

    PicMonkey is a creative tool for photo editing and graphic design so you can show your creativity and your style. The photo editing tool is available online and on iOS and Android devices.

    Online Tools

    Free- Varies by plan

    Dorothy Schneider
    Written on June 14, 2017
    "PicMonkey is not very appealing to me. I do not like the amount of pop ups within the first minute on the page. I can't get a very clear idea of what the allow other than app downloads on a phone and the way a membership is pushed on me is very unappealing."
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    #5Aviary

    Aviary

    Aviary is a photo editing app that gives users options to enhance, accessorize and apply effects in their photos and share them on social media. It is developed by Aviary Inc. and is currently available for Android devices only. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ao Shi
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "It's a decent enough app I guess. It doesn't do anything that a thousand other apps also do, but it does a fine job of it. I don't have a reason to recommend this app over any other, but since it does what it claims and does it well I certainly don't have a reason to not recommend it. All in all it's a good app for an overused concept."
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    #6Pikazo

    Pikazo
    Pikazo lets you choose any subject by snapping a photo, picking one from your camera roll, or using built-in web search. Start by using one of the readymade styles to get the hang of it, then begin to explore with any other image you can find.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Diana Welch
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "Turning profile pictures into works of art has never been easier than using Pikazo. All you need to do is snap a photo of something you like, and then Pikazo lets you go crazy. There are so many styles to choose from and it's a super fun and easy way to make your social media profiles pop."
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    #7Pixelmator

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.

    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $29.99

    Ruth Jordan
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "I feel pixelmator is not a good solution as I am an android user and typically when I want to make my photos more artistic I am not going to go about it on my mobile device. If I was an apple person and liked to work on my phone it would be good."
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    #8Snapseed

    Snapseed

    Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Timothy Russell
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "If you need a photo editor but don't need the desktop complexity of Photoshop or PaintShop Pro then I highly recommend trying out Snapseed. It is simple, easy to use on your mobile, and has the usual Google software quality we all trust."
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    #9VSCO

    VSCO
    VSCO is a mobile application developed by Visual Supply Company for taking photos, editing them with a variety of settings and filters, and sharing them. Users can join a creative community with no public followers, likes, or comments. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kathryn Herrera
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I just started using VSCO to edit my photos. I think it is a really neat app for turning photos into works of art, but the app does seem to have some bugs. Lately, by photo editing doesn't seem to "stick." I usually have to re-edit my photos a few times to get them right."
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    #10Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Anna Reyes
    Written on April 15, 2017
    "This app is amazing! After using this app to improve my photos, I have been selling 80% more of them! This is a must have for any photographer, who is interested in making their photos look more professional. There is a bit of a learning curve with this, but it will be well worth the time to learn."
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    #11Canva

    Canva

    Canva is a graphics design tool where users can create professional designs by curating photos, text, animations, stickers, borders, frames and more. It also features albums and scrapbooks where users may collaborate with their friends. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ai Liu
    Written on July 4, 2017
    "As a graphic designer I find this program/app as watered down one could get. Simply putting text over a graphic is not design much less art. The end results are generic, etsy-esse and uninteresting. If you are looking for a simple app that will let you put a filter on a image and text over it look no further but if you want more capabilities this is not the solution."
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    #12Adobe Photoshop Fix

    Adobe Photoshop Fix

    Adobe Photoshop Fix is a photo-editing application that runs on both iOS and Android devices. It lets users liquify, heal, lighten, color and adjust images and easily share them across other Adobe Creative Cloud system.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Diana Howell
    Written on February 13, 2017
    " They have fashion stickers and all kinds of special effects stickers. And the filters alone I love. Prior I'd spend about 99cents for about five filters but with the creative cloud it's almost all free.. I really recommend it. There are so many filters that you don't have to do any loading and it saves your original."
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    #13Krita

    Krita
    Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Anna Sullivan
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "This is a great source for artists who want to use something other than photoshop. The tools are easy to use and find and the graphics are great."
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    #14Afterlight

    Afterlight
    Afterlight is a free image editing app with a simple design to help users enhance their photos with its powerful tools, filters, textures, and frames. Some of its features can also be bought which is not available in the free version. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with-in app purchases.

    Michael Vasquez
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "A great app for those who don't need to do a lot of complicated edits to their photos. It sports a user-friendly interface perfect for all ages, computer literate or not. Afterlight has a respectable number of textures, filters and necessary tools that most people would find necessary. It's a good way to manipulate your photos into art."
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    #15Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Linda Austin
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "The Adobe Photoshop software is for creative types who wants to use it and use their artistic style of what they like. I like Adobe Photoshop because it is simple to use, and the monthly price is at an reasonable price."
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    #16Painter

    Painter

    Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.

    Software

    Windows

    $429

    Adam Wilson
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "I need to learn how to draw and paint better. Visually, I can take care of both factors with Painter 2017, and best of all it works seamlessly with Photoshop."
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    #17Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Albert Romero
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "Illustrator is a very powerful program and can easily make wonderful art out of any photo you want. It takes a little bit of time to learn and master, but once you get the hang of it, there is not a better tool out there."
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    #18Filterstorm Neue

    Filterstorm Neue

    Filterstorm Neue provides users with editing tools they can use to modify photos such as Clarity, Close, Curves, Hue. Saturation, Temperature, Color Blending, etc. It also comes with features you can use for effects, masking, and blending.

    Apps

    iOS

    $3.99

    Gregory Clark
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "This application provides you will all the photo editing tools you need. I downloaded this because I have tried so many do it yourself application for photo editing and this is by far the most easiest that I can find. The application will give you lots of options to enhance photos that were taken. "
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    #19Oil Paint

    Oil Paint
    Oil Paint lets you convert your pictures and images into oil paintings.  It is a useful tool for applying effects to your photos, and also for sharing them with your friends!


    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Kyle Barrett
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "It ends up looking unnatural. I don't know why anyone would want a filter like this. It is just an ugly gimmic. Either really paint or take photos, don't mix the arts! It's a fun tool to play around with but I would never share this with anyone."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for turning photos into art
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DreamscopeApps 64 Free
2BeFunkyApps 58 Free
3PrismaApps 45 Free
4PicMonkeyOnline Tools 42 Free
5AviaryApps 39 Free
6PikazoApps 37 Free
7PixelmatorApps 36 Paid
8Snapseed Apps 32 Free
9VSCO Apps 29 Free
10Photoshop CS6Software 27 Paid
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