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Corel AfterShot Family is the fastest way to perfect your photos AfterShot Pro is a RAW converter, non-destructive photo editor and complete high-spe... Learn More

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Corel Painter is the world’s leading digital art software. Designed for artists by artists, it opens up a world of creativity by offering progressiv... Learn More

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Pricing Starting From

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing

$ 39.99
Single payment / 1 user(s)

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

$ 429
Single payment / 1 user(s)

Available Features

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing

Complete photo adjustment

Support for hundreds of RAW profiles

Powerful photo management

Quick review

Exceptional speed and performance

Multi-version editing

Precision editing

Red eye removal

Accurate color correction

Lens correction

Professional workspace

Robust search tools

Customizable asset management

Batch processing

Quick web galleries

Easy back up

Adjust, then create

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

Kaleidoscope painting

Mirror Painting

RealBristle Dry Media

Real Watercolor

Real Wet Oil

Clone source palette

Smart photo-painting tools

Customizable surface texturing

Smart Blur effect

Agile brush control

Streamlined brush categories

Dynamic brush settings

Digital airbrushes

Computed Circular brush controls

Gel brushes and Merge modes

Multicore support for brushes

Interface

Brush tracking

Workspaces

Navigator panel

New Image dialog box

Panel and palette behavior

Color Changer palette

Custom palettes

Transformation capabilities

High-value, built-in content

High-Quality Display

Smart composition tools

World-famous art styles

Match Palette effect

Speed—Painter 12 is 5x faster!

Adobe Photoshop support

Wacom pen tablet compatibility

Extensive file support

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista support

Windows 64-bit support

Mac OS support

Multi-platform support

Free Trial Availability

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
Free Trial Available
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

No Free Trial Available.

Most Favorable User Review

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing

No favorable user review available yet for Corel AfterShot.

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
User review from
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Eric Matthews
May 2, 2016

The first thing which needs to be said about Painter is that it is not Photoshop. Corel leans in heavy on the Digital Artist Software moniker and for a good reason. Painter is not about Image Manipulation or Image Editing (Photoshop's mainstay), it's about creating art. The easiest way to think about the line between the programs is this. If your goal is to clean up a Photo for the magazine cover, then Photoshop is your tool. If your task is to create a digital Mona Lisa, Painter's the alley you want to be in.Photoshop has some basic art effects, watercolor and pastel are a few. And several plugins grow that base significantly. But none of them could touch the raw power of Painter when it comes to Art medium simulation.Painter is a mature product, almost as old as Photoshop. And it's learning curve is just about as steep. This is not a tool that one installs and starts producing art within the hour. It has a huge amount of adjustable brushes, and each attribute can be customized to taste. But because of its maturity, Painter doesn't have too much new it can introduce by way of new brushes or gimmicks to attract a user to purchase. What Painter relies on is the ability to perfectly simulate a multitude of art forms, oils, crayon, chalk, watercolor on different canvas' and produce an output that truly is representative of the creator's talent. If you can't draw, you can't blame Painter. Brush strokes heavy handed? All will be revealed. Painter is truly representative of the artist medium.Although there are some plugins for Painter, and it does fully support Photoshop Brushes, allowing the user to leverage the huge amount of free brushes on the web, Painter pretty much comes ready to use out of the box. The one must have item I would mandate that any artist serious about using the software effectively get is a fairly large Tablet. In fact, I'd say that not using a tablet with Painter makes the software essentially useless since it relies so heavily on the artist hand pressure and stroke. One can do Image retouch by mouse, but not painting a matte using oils or a charcoal drawing. Bottom line, use the money you would have spent on Photoshop art plugins to get a fair sized tablet. Working in Painter is easy, and it handles large files easily, via it's Riff file format. Even though it doesn't leverage GPU rendering, Painter rarely chokes on files that can easily reach a terabyte. It is also fully compatible with Photoshop and can write to the PSD format.In the end, if painting, drawing and producing "art" in a digital medium is your goal, Painter is by far the best tool.

Pros :

  • Mature software that comes ready to use out of the box.
  • Digital Art Software accomplishes its goal.
  • A full featured tool for Professional Artist, customizable brush, stroke, light, color attributes.
  • Stores Artist Palettes..
  • Can produce artfully representative of your talent.
  • Supports Photoshop Brushes.
  • Uses proprietary RIFF format which support large file sizes.
  • New Digital audio Brush uses audio file to paint.

Cons :

  • Expensive for anyone other than the Professional Artist.
  • Learning curve can be steep.
  • Tablet necessary to get quality art.
  • Cheaper tools available if "Artifying" your Photos is your goal.
  • An commitment in time to maximize your investment in software.

Most Favorable Critic Review

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
80
Dave Johnson , PCWorld

Sunday 06 May 2012

AfterShot Pro is a robust photo editor and library for serious photographers, and it's priced low enough to appeal to enthusiasts. Only a few shortcomings give us pause. 

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
80
Sue Chastain , About.com

Wednesday 31 December 1969

Alone or as a companion to Photoshop, Painter brings the maximum in artistic possibilities to digital artists and creative professionals. Keep in mind that you'll need a pressure sensitive graphics tablet to get the most satisfaction out of Painter.

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Most Unfavorable Critic Review

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
50
Michael Muchmore , Pc Mag

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Corel's Lightroom competitor offers excellent noise reduction and adequate photo editing, but falls short of Adobe's leading photo-workflow software in a number of ways. PROS -Fast importing. -Includes Athentech's excellent Perfectly Clear noise reduction and exposure correction tool. CONS -Clunky import procedure. -Few organization features. -Almost no online sharing features. -Highlight correction discolored image.

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

No critic review available yet for Painter .

Demo Video

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Corel AfterShot Demo Video

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter Demo Video

Image & Photo Editing

Screenshots

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
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Typical Customer

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
  • Business
  • Personal Use
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
  • Business

Supported Devices

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

Supported Languages

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Corel AfterShot

Image & Photo Editing
  • English
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese

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