Monday, November 17, 2008

PhotoFiddle


Isn't this picture great? I took this picture of Savannah and Lexi a few years ago at my sister's wedding. I've always liked it and have thought of getting it blown up and framed. Of course, like most of my picture and decorating plans, it's been on the back burner for years.

When someone from PhotoFiddle contacted me and asked me to try out their site, I took a look at it. Now you have to sign up before you can check out all the features. I know, I know, it's a pain to sign up, but you'll be glad you did. You can take an ordinary photo and PhotoFiddle will change it into an oil painting or a charcoal sketch or a watercolor painting or any of dozens of other possibilities. You can play around on the site and see what your picture would look like as a black and white print or an impasto painting. When you've chosen your favorite, PhotoFiddle will print it on canvas and it'll look just like a beautiful piece of art!

I chose to have to above photo made into an impasto oil painting on stretched canvas.

a close-up view


a little farther away


from across the room

In addition to all the creative ways you can change your photo, the Photofiddle.com art team can adjust colors, remove objects, restore photos and more. This is a terrific Christmas idea for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list. You can give grandma and grandpa a family portrait in "oil" or a "watercolor" of the grandkids. And right now, PhotoFiddle is offering my readers a 15% discount on orders! Just enter the code mom15 on the shopping cart page in the promotion code box and click apply.

*****Edited to add: Leave me a comment here for a chance to win a $50 PhotoFiddle.com gift certificate! I'll choose a random winner on Friday, November 21.*****

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Garth and Becky said...

How awesome! That's really neat how they can do that. I'd love to win the gift certificate.

Alexis said...

Wow that is an amazing gift. I know my parents would love that for Christmas. Thanks for letting us know about the site. Cross my fingers I win, I can get one for me too :). Thanks again, Alexis

The Cohen's said...

Pretty dang cool! I bet you can do a lot of cool things with favorite pictures. :)

Rachael said...

I am now addicted to your give aways!

Tami said...

That is really neat that they can do that!! That is a beautiful pic of the girls by the way!!!

I hope I win this one.

jacci O. said...

Your girls are all really cute.

Ben and Melissa James said...

I have a bunch of grandparents that this would be awesome for!

Melissa said...

That's awesome. I'd love to win; I have hundreds of wedding photos to go through!

Gwyneth said...

that's cool, I love that they will put it on actual canvase. It's a great idea for my mother in law.

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

Fun stuff!!! Thanks!

Nicole from Houston said...

I am headed to their site right now! What a great X-Mas idea!

Shellie said...

Oh, I want one! That is so cool. I love the picture of your girls, it's sweet.

who? said...

I've always wanted sketches of my children when they were little. I'm going to check it out!

Penny S. (CA) said...

I love looking at pictures. It's always fun to look back and see how much things have changed. My kids have grown up so much....and SOOOO FAST! This would be a fun gift and a great thing to win.
Penny S. (CA)

Stormimay said...

Oh! Me, me! Please.
All of our family photos are in a box in my craft room. I would love to be able to actually do something with one of them.

Diane B said...

This would be a great Christmas gift for the grandparents.

kungfu_mom said...

How neat! That would be a great gift for DH's grandparents. They're so hard to shop for.

Sondie said...

That sounds like a great Christmas gift! Lexi looks so much like Brooklyn in that picture!

Marit said...

Wow! I do this kind of stuff all the time on Photoshop Elements, but it takes a long time. To have someone else do it for me, would be great!

And the girls look adorable!

Deb said...

That is so cool! And I love that picture of the girls!

Kitti said...

That is a beautiful picture of the girls!
~K

Anjie said...

Sounds like a great site...off to check it out now!

Michelle said...

Cool! I'd love that!

Michelle, Appleton, WI

Jenni Higgins said...

Oh, how many projects I could complete on this website! I've seen this kind of thing in catalogs, but never like this. Excellent addition to my Favorites. Thanks!

Heather and Amber said...

Cool, I have some pictures that I'd like made into paintings!

Amanda E said...

Please enter me!

Ali said...

With 3 little ones here there are plenty of photos to fiddle with! Going to check out this site now...

Stephanie said...

What a great idea!

KAL071203 said...

that is such a neat idea, would make a great christmas present for grandparents!

Sapphire Mommy said...

me me me me me me me!!! wait.....please???

Noah said...

wow, that's really neat!

AuntyM said...

Wonderful! The technology is fabulous. Hope I win!

Anonymous said...

OMG - I thought Lexi was Brooklyn! Your kids all look alike and you can't deny any of them because they look like you!! ;)

I'd love to win the gift certificate! Thank you!!!

Donna in PA :)

Missy Johnson said...

I would love to win the gift certificate. My Mil loves photos and this would be great to give her for Christmas.

amy said...

That would be so awesome! I have a ton of pics I keep meaning to get around to... this would surely give me a kick in the butt!

Amy E.

Kelly B said...

What a great idea!

Shelly said...

Sounds great! I'll check it out for sure!

Brianne said...

How fun!

The Bertone's said...

That is awesome! I personally am a huge fan of Black & White. I have a few I have taken of my kids over the years in a row on my wall. I love pic's! I think, I should have been a photographer! Would love the gift ceritficate. Thanks!

Kara said...

That looks interesting!! Kara

Tiffany said...

Great picture!

Karolyn said...

That picture looks great! Pick me!

On The Go Family said...

Fun! Thanks.

The Roberts said...

That is such a great idea for a Christmas gift!! This is awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift card!
Amanda R.

Grateful for Grace said...

What a cool service! I love it.

Fun!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check out the site!!!

kaylene

Jennifer said...

Wow that looks really good. And Lexi and Brooklyn look a lot alike.

snippity1 said...

That is a really neat idea for a gift. I mean, what else would you give to those really hard to buy for grandparents? I'd love to put that gift certificate to good use.

Jen said...

Oh cool! I would definitely be ab;e to use the gift certificate.

Kris33 said...

This would be a perfect idea for my impossible to shop for because they buy everything when they want it parents. A picture of their granddaughter all gussied up.

Sheila said...

Great gift! I'd love to win it. I've got the perfect picture :)

Michelle said...

Oh I AM SO doing that for my mom this year for Christmas (and maybe for my MIL, too). I have some really neat pics of the wee ones, but we just got back from Seattle and guess who was the only one who didn't have a present found for her? Yep, that would be my poor mom. LOVE it.

Amy C said...

What a beautiful picture of beautiful girls. :) I'd love to win this gift certificate so I could give my Mom a picture of my 4 kiddos. She's always wanting more. :) Thanks!

The Bear and The Bug said...

Wow, that is a great picture!
This site sounds amazing and would be great for Christmas gifts.
Ruthie B.

Kristen said...

Love the picture. I would love to try it out with my own kiddos.

M said...

That is really cool. Count me in.
~M
edvikm2001@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

loving the photo :)

mariam_za10@yahoo.com

Anna said...

Sounds like a fun thing to try out!

Thanks for the tip!

dhaynes said...

What a great Christmas idea. There's a lot that can be done that's for sure!

Miniviolet said...

Great Christmas ideas! I'd love to win that certificate!!

Carol V.

Sarah said...

I would love to have a beautiful piece of art like that! I love the view of your picture from across the room.

zander's mommy said...

My mom loves to fiddle with her photos as well. What you did with that picture of the girls was just gorgeous. Once again, great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I would love, love, love this as I have the perfect picture that was going to be a Christmas present anyway...this would make it even better!

Shelley P

Evelyn said...

Thanks for this amazing offer. Let's see if I get lucky this time :)

Kathy Polak said...

How cool! I can think of the perfect picture of my parents and kids to do this with if I was to win!

samgramof8 said...

Wow!! I love pictures and love to give them as gifts so
this is just in time for Christmas! Count me in!

Quality Chick said...

What a gorgeous picture of the girls! Sounds fun

kirine said...

Wow!

I'm sure that because of this post you helped a lot of people and their Christmas shopping!

I know I'd love to have one.

~Jennifer F.

tchrbev said...

Wow! How neat. I'm going to check out the site right now, as visions of Christmas gifts dance in my head.

Thanks!

Bev

Cindy E. said...

Please pick me. A new grandma has lots of pictures.

Tina said...

Looks like a fun website. I'd love to win.

Gretchen said...

Awesome!!

Chris A. Jackson, MI said...

Yippee for art!!!!

Jennifer H said...

That is a Beautiful picture! I would love to win this one and since my mom is in Texas (and in in SC) she has only met my two youngest kids (14 months apart) 2 times. I know she would love to have something like this...and most places will ship directly to her and save me shipping ;-)
J Hooper In SC

Steff said...

That is so cool! I could really use a gc for that!

Angela P. said...

Sounds like fun! I'd love to give it a try! :)

Joannie said...

the ability to remove objects sounds great-- so often I take a decent picture that has something that I want to crop out but can't because it's in the middle somewhere.

thanks, Dawn!!

Susie said...

I would love the certificate. I have over 1000 pictures to print from my baby's birth 2 years ago.

Susie

Vicki said...

I will for sure go check it out. But just in case I love it I wanted to sign up to win the gift card!

vicki w. in GA

pednurse said...

What a cool site.....and neat idea for Christmas! I'll have to check it out...I have some old photos that would be great to have done for the grandparents!

Nancy said...

What a great gift idea! Thanks for the info.

AbbysMama said...

This would be wonderful for restoring my grandma's wedding photo! I would love to win! Thanks Dawn!

Lauren H.

Step Monster said...

oh enter me!!!!

Jen said...

Amazing! I think I'll head over to the site to see what else they have! These would make great Christmas gifts.

Erika said...

OMG- how cool is this!?!
now i know what to get my Me-Me and Nana!! perfect :)

I hope I win but good luck to everyone!

Missy said...

I need this!!! What a perfect 40th birthday prize for me.

Mitchell Family said...

This would be a great holiday gift for the inlaws!

Andrea said...

That's a great gift for grandparents!

deirdrerose said...

What a great web site, how cool TFS and testing it out!

Jess in MI said...

That is awesome, and I must say, I love your choice of photo!

Grammy said...

Oh, I have the perfect picture to use if I win. Thanks for the review and the give away!

Sara Herrmann said...

Super cool idea.

Jayne V. said...

That is so cool, especially the printing on canvas at the end.

Kelly M. in Texas said...

Wow! Love it! Now to choose a photo . . . .

Goodwin Family said...

I love trying new photo software out! I love the picture and what you did to it! Your girls are beautiful!
Charlotte in Hawaii

One of the Cow Crew said...

How cool! looks like this would make a great gift for grandparents!
~Tammy~

Ross & J. said...

Wow, that's amazing! I think I just crossed off a couple of people from my x-mas shopping list!

Marian (marinewife) said...

Wow! What a great giveaway.I have a ton of pictures i would love to something special to.Hope i win!

Kristy said...

oh what a fantastic giveaway! i'd love to win!

sklay723 said...

I would love to selflessly say that if I win the certificate, I'd use it to get a gift for a relative at Christmas. But realistically, I'd probably keep whatever I order for myself (and think about ordering others for relatives later on!). My kids are growing up so fast and it would be so nice to have a beautiful picture/painting to remember the "earlier" days. :) Thanks for the opportunity!!!

My Three Sons said...

that's really cool. I am on my way to check out the site now...and think about all the cool things I could do if I weren't disgustingly broke :)

Kim said...

Oh, I'm always looking for new ideas for the in-laws...this would be great !

Sandra said...

Oooh, oh, (raising hand), I know exactly the picture I would use to on PhotoFiddle! I hope I win!

Cristin said...

FABULOUS! and the girls look quite cute! Great idea for a Grandparents' gift or two.

Alice said...

That is a really cool idea for gifts !

Anonymous said...

Very cool!

Krys72599 said...

Would LOVE to use this gift certificate to give a portrait gift to my mom - perhaps using a picture of my dad (who died 21 years ago) or a picture of her 3 daughters today...

Anonymous said...

Very cool! Who doesn't love fiddling with their photos?!?!?

Jen said...

What a cool idea! The picture you chose is beautiful and looks great as a painting! I'd love to do that with a picture of my kids. Off to check out their website....

Stephanie said...

Would love to win!

Bubba and Noodle's Mama said...

What a great site!

Laura said...

This is awesome! Would love to win the gift card to use for a Christmas gift for my husband!

jana said...

Looks like a really cool way to give "photos" as gifts.

Kristine B-Dallas said...

Cool. Pick me! :)

Korin C. said...

I am going to check out the website, it looks like a great gift!

Regina said...

what a great idea! And great gifts too!

TruffleLady said...

Wow, do you think this would stop my mom from nagging for a picture of her grandkids so often?!!!

Hope I win!

Deborah said...

What a beautiful picture!

Lyndsay said...

Me please!! (and thank you)

Slack said...

I love fiddling with my photos...will have to check this site out. It'd be better if I had that gift certificate!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the opportunity, Dawn. I'd love to have a PhotoFiddle of my first grandbaby, due in 3 weeks! Keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

zeitersouth said...

I would love to do this for my 3 boys, it would be a great Christmas gift for me:)

Staci Patterson said...

You are picking the winner on my birthday, does that mean I have an edge on the competition? Great idea for your photos!

Pam said...

Awesome ~ thank you for the opportunity to win!

mhgood said...

Wow, what a great idea! I just realized the other day that I don't have any picture or portraits of my 13 month old son anywhere in our house! All our pictures are digital or stuffed in a drawer someplace. We need to get some nice portraits of him up! This looks like just the thing.

Mandi R said...

I love playing with my pictures,changing them up. This would be cool to use for christmas!

felicia hall said...

so fun! thanks! I can't wait to check it out!

Felicia

Courtney said...

Awesome! Thanks!!

Laura said...

That's really awesome! I've been trying to decide on some Christmas gifts. . .this would be perfect!

Jenn said...

That is so COOL!
I a gonna have to look at that for my momma. how neat. thank you for finding such neat things. ;)
Jenn

Valerie said...

I know some grandparents who would be drooling over a gift like this.

Heather said...

I was wanting to do something like this and thought I would have to photoshop or something! Wow, I hope I win!

Heather said...

Just in time for Christmas....

Allykat said...

Wow, what a great gift idea instead of a picture in a frame.

Holly W said...

I'd love to give photo fiddle a try! Pick me, pick me, pick me!

Dana said...

Wow that is awesome!!! I got married last summer and have a number of pictures that I have neglected to get printed!

Jawan said...

That's such a beautiful picture of the girls. Looks hand painted. Thanks for this giveaway, Dawn. I've already got a picture in mind that I'd want to fiddle with.

Nikki said...

Now this is cool! What a fun way to edit photos easily. I can't wait to try it out, and I'd love the gift certificate. :)

Kelly said...

I was just talking to someone about painting a picture of my girls for the grandparents for Christmas. I would love the gift certificate.

Valerie P said...

I love your giveaways, they are always so useful! Thanks!
~Valerie P~

nuttermommy said...

that is so cool now i can have all the pics i have been taking and really wanted more done with, finally taken care of. my free time when i get it is spent taking pictures. i have some great ones of my kids and more of really cool scenery(sunrises). my fmaily would all love to get pictures of the 4 kids. thanks for sharing this cool site.

luann said...

i've always wanted to give my parents a painting of their farm. this could make that possible.

Lucille said...

Fiddle me into this contest! :)

Anonymous said...

Very cool!! Beautiful picture of your girls!
Kara
momof3beas@yahoo.com

mo1482 said...

i am crazy about editing pictures. I would LOVE to have a canvas print of my little monster:)
Molly M.

Amber R said...

Very cool! I'd love to win!

Tam said...

How cool! I love to snap pictures too and can now recognize all family members by the backs of their heads or the hand in front of their faces!

Vicki said...

I would LOVE to win this!! I never win anything....except some left-over potato salad after my dad's company picnic when I was 12.
Does that count?

Becki said...

I have a wonderful picture that would make a great print. Thanks for the chance!

shawnathebrat said...

I love to take pictures! This would be an excellent gift for family & friends! Thanks Dawn!

Angela said...

What a beautiful picture of your girls, Dawn. Don't you wish they could ALWAYS look that sweet and innocent? LOL

What an awesome gift...hope I win. =)

graceunderautism said...

that is super cool! I will probably sign up just to play. unless of course I win. :)

Wendi said...

Please pick me, I need this!! Every single picture I have of my three kids is digital that I have never done anything with! Thanks!!!!

Katie B said...

What a fantastic idea for those hard to buy for grandparents! I would love to win! :)

Carrie said...

that is pretty cool. i love seeing pictures of your girls when they were younger, since i've only seen the the last year. so sweet.

Lynne said...

I love the idea of a picture on canvas for my living room wall! I'll definitely check out the site.

Tamar Z. said...

so beautiful! i'd love to win that to give it as a gift to my parents... ok maybe even my inlaws.

Donna B - NE Indiana said...

I would love to win this $50 gift certificate.
I take pictures all the time.

bluekaeru said...

WOW, the picture of your girls turned out great. If I am lucky enough to win, I know just the one to use of my two guys.

Thanks for the review. I had never heard of the company before.

jenn said...

Cool! What a neat idea!!

Marjie said...

How incredibly neat. This year I asked my sister to do such a thing by hand (she's very talented), but I'm not sure she'll get to it. Maybe I'll just point her to the website and she can pretend she did all the work. :-)

cmbergeron said...

This looks awesome... I am a sucker for art that has my kids pics involved!

Brandi said...

We just took pics for our Christmas cards and I have the PERFECT pic that would look great on canvas.

Ang said...

Please please please pick me! I am a phot hog and have a 16 year old bonus child that I have recently taken some awesome pictures of and would love to have some extras done to them!

Joanna said...

I'm always looking for ways to display photos creatively. Unfortunately, I don't have a creative bone in my body, so I need all the help I can get! Enter me into the contest!

Tina Kincaid said...

Oh my I have the perfect picture of my girls that I would LOVE to do that with. Oh and what I great gift idea for the up coming holidays. I know a certain Grandma who would love a oil painting of my girls! I hope I win!!!!

Sherry said...

Photofiddle sounds really cool! Count me in the "drawing"!

Karen said...

This is pretty cool. Thanks for posting it and hosting a giveaway.

Keri said...

What a neat photo!!!
I'll have to check out their site.
Keri

amber said...

What a beautiful picture of your girls! Thanks for the offer :)

Barb said...

Oh...fun stuff!

Gretchen said...

That would be an amazing gift for my mother in law who only wants pictures of her granddaughter and just a photo in a frame gets a little overused. Enter me, please! Thanks! Gretchen

Jill in MA said...

Sign me up for this give-away. That would make a great gift!

bccr11 said...

Very cool. It would be great to save a memory of the kids when they were both smiling and looking at the camera...at the same time.

Anonymous said...

The portrait of your girls is beautiful. I would love to do a picture like that with mine!

Laurel M

Michelle said...

That is great! Going to go check it out now.

HeatherAnn said...

:)
Is it my turn to win?



hawdieann@yahoo.com

Lisa-Anne said...

Totally cool! And Friday is my birthday! Come on lucky random number generator! ;)

Cindy said...

I have just the photo in mind to "fiddle" with.

Martha said...

PhotoFiddle is an awesome site. I love doing special effects with my photos in other software but having on on canvas would great. I would love to be the lucky winner!

Katina said...

Oh, what a beautiful picture!

Katina
KatinaSharp@aol.com
KatinaSharp.blogspot.com

Tammy said...

Oh, I was so wanting to do this with a picture of my twins at mydavinci.com but it is too involved there. This is great.

Kayla Joy said...

I love that- a great gift for those "hard to buy" christmas presents- I'll be needing about ten,please!

Kathy said...

Count me in the drawing!

Kathy V.
Alabama

Parker Family said...

That is such a cool idea... now if you could only find the time to hang it up...

Anonymous said...

What an incredible site! So going to have to check it out. Would love to have the oil painting done of the last/one of the only pictures we have of my mom holding my daughter. Dad would love it.

girldawg said...

Choose me!! I love fiddling!!

Melanie said...

Sounds like a cool website.

DeniseT said...

That's so cool--I needed a site that could take out objects like an ugly background. Thank you for posting this.

Diana said...

That's awesome - I have tons and tons of pictures!!
Diana
Romeoville

Kris said...

Looks neat, might have to go fiddle with that later...

KarenKal said...

This is awesome. I have pictures of my kids all over the house. I love love love pictures!

janetcc said...

ok, I'm curious enough to try it. Heck I might even try it without being a winner.

mommytoalot said...

Wow..that is so cool!
I'd love to get my sons done.
thanks
Lisa

Shan said...

Man! I would love to have this for one of my son's pictures! Thanks!

Shan

Photo Quilts said...

Would make an amazing Christmas gift. And I love your picture.

Daphne H.

Rebecca M. said...

I would love to win this. My grandmother is getting up there in age, and what a great gift this would be for her to have an oil painting done of her great grandchildren. Please enter me-

Amanda W. said...

I have used photofiddle before and love the site. Thanks for the promotion code.

Shawna S said...

Precious! I love it. I just did something similar for a friend who was just married - and it is truly a one of a kind gift.

Little-Bit said...

Oh. Mah. Gosh. That is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I would love the opportunity to get this done!

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