In photo imaging, one program reigns supreme for turning photographs into fine art resembling natural-media-like paintings and illustrations, and that program is Corel Painter. Painter gives the artist a remarkable range of brushes and textures for one of the most–if not the most–creative platforms on any computer. But Painter is also a professional's tool, which requires a high degree of skill and talent to use effectively. One step down, in both difficulty and versatility, is Corel Painter Essentials, though it also requires a certain level of skill to master. And then there's Corel's new, almost foolproof painting program, Paint It ($40, 15-day free trial).