JixiPix Software has introduced Portrait Painter 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the JixiPix web site (www.jixipix.com).

Portrait Painter is a pro-consumer natural media photo and creative design solution for photographers, artists and hobbyists. It’s designed for anyone who wants to produce gallery-style portraits and professional works of art.

Portrait Painter automatically creates a finely painted gallery-style portrait from any image or snapshot then adds color, light and texture. According to the folks t JixiPix, its algorithm identifies every aspect of the image and discerns between the background and fine details such as hair and skin, then applies millions of strokes to the image that very closely simulate the look of a real portrait painting.