Special Effects Photo and Art Contest

Special Effects Photo and Art Contest

Contest is closed to new entries. Winners will be announced in January 2017.

Oct 31st 2016 - Nov 30th 2016

Win great prizes including a Wacom tablet, Amazon gift card and Corel software!

Grand Prize

Wacom Tablet + PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate + ParticleShop

Runner Up

$150 Amazon Gift Card + PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate + ParticleShop

People's Choice Award

PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate + ParticleShop

The first and second prize winners will be determined by a panel of judges based on the judging criteria below. The People’s Choice prize will be given to the entry with the highest number of votes as of 11:59pm ET on November 30, 2016.

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be evaluated and scored based on these 3 elements:

WOW Factor: Does the image grab the viewer’s attention and leave them saying “WOW”?; is it memorable?

Creativity: Does the image use elements that are original; is the content portrayed in a creative way; does the artist make use of creative photo editing, digital art or graphic design techniques or special effects?

Composition & Layout: Is the visual balance of the image pleasing to the eye, and abiding by the basic principles of design and composition?

Thank you for entering the Special Effects photo and art contest. The contest is now closed to new entries and votes. The winners will be announced shortly.

Here are some things to keep in mind when entering the Special Effects photo and art contest. You can download a PDF copy of the Official Contest Rules for more details.

– Make sure your photo or image is under 5 MB, and is in JPEG or PNG format.
– You may enter as many times as you like.
– You can only vote ONCE for each video, including your own.

Need some help creating your contest entry?

Visit our Special Effects theme page for lots of helpful photo editing, graphic design and digital art tutorials. Here’s a sample of what you will find.



psp-adding-effects-particleshop-featuredAdding Special Effects to your Photos with ParticleShop

Get ready to take your photos to a whole new level of creativity and awesomeness! With ParticleShop brushes you can add incredible special effects like flames, starfields, streaks of light, wisps of smoke and so much more.




tilt-shift_playCreate a Tilt-shift Effect

Give your photos of cities and buildings the look of a miniature village by using the tilt-shift technique in PaintShop Pro. This video tutorial will walk you through the steps of creating this effect.





multiple-selves-blog-featuredAdd Yourself to a Photo… of Yourself!

This blog post will give you step-by-step instructions for creating an image that has multiple versions of the same person. Once you master this photo editing technique, the creative possibilities are endless!




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16-bit-images-playCreating One-of-a-Kind Effects with ParticleShop

Explore an array of imaginative brushes, including fabric, fur, hair, light, space, smoke, storm and more, that will produce amazingly creative results in no time. These tutorials will show you how to use ParticleShop and give you the inspiration to create your own unique works of art.




p2017-comic_glaze-featured_imageComic Art Creation Tips

In this tutorial, Painter Master Jason Maranto shows us his workflow for setting up a comic style image, and how to use the new glaze brushes to easily create comic style color and lighting effects.




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working-with-transparencies_playWorking with Transparencies

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the transparency tools and lenses in CorelDRAW to create a composite image. With this technique it is easy to create a variety of images with a surreal, fantasy effect.




cdgs-retouch_photos_liquid_tools-featuredRetouching Photos with the Liquid Tools

The liquid tools in PHOTO-PAINT give you many creative options for retouching and transforming your photos. This tutorial will show you how to use Liquid Smear, Liquid Twirl, Liquid Attract, and Liquid Repel to create unique artistic effects.




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