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About Painter

Corel Painter is the world’s leading digital art software. Designed for artists by artists, it opens up a world of creativity by offering progressive drawing tools, lifelike Natural-Media brushes and the most realistic digital painting experience. With its impressive array of brushes, paper textures, paints, oils, watercolors and more, there are no limits to what you can create! And thanks to extensive file support, you can also build upon projects you've started in other programs, making Painter a great complement to Adobe Photoshop. This latest version helps artists evolve their creative possibilities more than ever! See it for yourself with a free trial—Painter is changing what’s possible in art.

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Supported languages
English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese
Serviceable Area
World Wide
Supported Platforms
  • Web Based
  • Desktop Windows

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Domain Authority 51
Alexa Rank 90905
Platforms 56

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  • 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
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    Eric Matthews

    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.

    • May 2, 2016
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