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Editors' Review

Corel Painter 2015 is designed to emulate the painting experience on a computer. Painter integrates with digital tools like the Wacom tablet, and through a range of features, Painter allows you to synthesize hundreds of techniques, brush strokes, and styles on your Mac.


Massive library of digital-painting tools: Corel Painter 2015 offers hundreds of options for brush strokes, paint styles, textures, and additional media. An impressive new feature called RealBristle simulates the effect of what a bristle paintbrush looks like on paper. Another new option, Jitter Smoothing, brings a more natural feel to each stroke.

Very fast and responsive: Corel Painter is very fast. While it requires a decent amount of power to run at peak efficacy, it operates most of its basic features efficiently, from extremely large canvases to quick zoom-ins.


Steep learning curve: This isn't new for a Corel Painter program, but it's an issue that newcomers must face: The learning curve is steep. If you've used previous versions, it won't take long to navigate the updates and additions. But for those without previous experience, or those who have used only Photoshop, the learning process can be frustrating. Additionally, you may find that the most powerful features are best used on a tablet.

Bottom Line

Corel Painter 2015 is the best iteration to date, bringing in a number of new features; powerful, memory-friendly tools; and physics-based painting that in the hands of a master can create true masterpieces. This is a great piece of software for any digital artist.

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Full Specifications

What's new in 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
  • General

    Publisher Corel
    Publisher web site
    Release Date October 20, 2015
    Date Added October 20, 2015


    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors

    Operating Systems

    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8/10.9
    Additional Requirements None

    Download Information

    File Size 338.37MB
    File Name CorelPainter2016.dmg


    Total Downloads 37,361
    Downloads Last Week 10


    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $429
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