I enjoy experimenting with photo-editing software. Today I tested an online app called BeFunky. It was relatively easy to convert an image to a painting using the “Artsy” setting and the “Pastel” option (Digital Art, Oil Painting, and Watercolor options were also available). However, I still wasn’t satisfied with the lighting and vibrancy of the image.
Although adjustments for these were available on the BeFunky web site, I found it easier to transfer the photo to PaintShop Pro and complete my adjustments with the software I’ve become familiar with.
All programs have their strengths and weaknesses, and I see no need to limit myself to one (although the expense of running separate programs can be a significant factor at times).