korrektor wrote in post #9934707
just a word of advice... try not to ever use these filter again. They ruin a good shot. Either learn how to paint or take a shot good enough that will not need to be butchered by a cheap looking effect. sorry but these are pretty horrendous to look at.
That's a little harsh. And it is also a very male perspective on photography. Since an overwhelming majority of women actually purchase portrait photography, I would respectfully disagree with you. Women like effects, they like eye enhancement, skin softening, airbrushing,etc. Anything that can be done to make them look better, younger, fresher. That said. I think these are a bit overdone. Effects work, but only when thoughtfully administered and when they contribute rather than detract from the initial image. I think the first one is better, although the hair above his forehead need some attention. Everything seems to be very painted except for his eyes, that needs some attention. It's obvious you are starting in Painter, that's great always push yourself. But find someone who's style you like and really learn how to use the software.