Corel Painter 2015 offers more options for working the way you want, including tablet support, custom workspaces, and new brushes. Corel has listened to its community in introducing yearly releases instead of two-year cycles, promising faster, more reliable updates. With Painter 2015, Corel brings the digital art suite to the tablet, with Real Time Stylus support alongside WinTab, three new Particle Brushes, Jitter Smoothing, workspace customization, and a boatload of enhancements perfect for portable digital artists.
Paint anywhere: Painter 2015 introduces a brand-new mode for your Windows 8 tablet PC. On a Surface Pro 2, Painter's tablet mode with Real Time Stylus support performed admirably. The drawing experience is a slight improvement over most mobile apps, thanks to the Surface's heavy-duty hardware. Overall Painter's tablet mode is convenient enough for you to make quick sketches on the bus or train.
Work how you want: Choose from multiple workspaces optimized for various creative types: photo artists, illustrators, traditional artists, or students. With a plethora of tools and endless options, Painter can be overwhelming. Corel eases the process with presets, laying out only the tools you need for the projects you're working on. Of course, you can also create custom workspaces.
More natural brushes: Painter introduces three new types of Particle Brush: Gravity, Spring, and Flow. Photo artists will appreciate the Gravity brush, which adds a sense of weight that's helpful in colorization projects. Spring is an airy brush that can help replicate wispy effects like fog or smoke. The Flow brush creates weaves that make creating hairs, beards, and fur effects effortless. The brand-new Jitter Smoothing features bring a much more natural feel to the brushes, softening each stroke.
Improved stability: Corel has always been conscious of its followers' hardware. By keeping requirements low (Pentium 4), Corel has ensured that Painter can deliver to a wider audience. The expansion of 64-bit support for Windows in the previous release -- and now for Mac -- demonstrates this. That said, our preview build of Painter operated without a major hitch when we tested it on a regular Core i5 laptop with integrated graphics, the Surface Pro 2 (also i5), and a custom i7 with a discrete video card.
Steep learning curve: Painter is geared toward professionals, so newcomers will have some difficulty setting up. But Corel does offer a YouTube channel to guide first-time users.
May not be enough reason to upgrade: A few particle brushes, a tablet mode, and more customizability mean that Painter is even more flexible than ever before, but is it enough to justify a full upgrade? While traditional artists taking a stab at digital media will find Painter 2015 a steal, veteran Painters with an older version will have to decide if the new brushes and tablet mode are worth it. If you're used to the two-year release cycle, waiting for the 2016 update might make more sense.
Painter 2015 gives digital artists the flexibility they need to create amazing work whenever inspiration strikes. Designed for artists and photographers, Painter 2015 is the closest you can get to working with traditional media on a computer or a tablet. Beginners may be overwhelmed with the many options available to them, but there's ample support to help get going.
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Explore an impressive sensory selection of realistic Natural-Media that perfectly emulates real life art materials and imaginative art materials that can't be found in the real world. With Painter 2016, you can experience the incomparable harmony of Audio Expression, smart photo cloning, killer composition tools, physics-inspired Particle brushes, and in-app learning--all in high DPI.
What's new in this version:
Redesigned Welcome Book
New flexible UI color scheme
New high DPI, presentation mode and workspace customization
New Brush Hints and Visual Tooltips to fine-tune your brushes to match your style
Everything! Creates proffesional artworks and works great with a tablet and pen. I've used it for years and never encountered a problem. There isn't much change form IX though, can't wait to see what XI has to offer.
Education version has no support. Won't run on Vista. Won't even install correctly to Corel default settings which makes software unusable. Ok, try harder. Every attempt to change brush characteristics abends program. There is no support from Corel for education version. I am glad I was EDUCATED about Corel before buy full version at $400+. Twisted Brush looks to be great alternative. Few negatives in reviews or questions about software on their user help pages.
Very real. It shows that digital art doesnt always have to have that generic style and look cg. Combined with wacom tablets this is a replacement to all ur art supplies in a better way.However, with a mouse its also great.