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Corel Painter Essentials for Mac

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Key Details of Corel Painter Essentials

  • Create stunning paintings using your own digital photos.
  • Last updated on 8/19/2014
  • There have been 4 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Corel Painter Essentials 4 is a slimmed-down version of Painter for home use, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the average home user will be disappointed. For those who like to play around with their photos, tweaking them artistically, Essentials provides a deep toolbox under its intuitive layout.

All the tool icons in the palette are large and easy to understand, there's nothing obscure or hard to remember here. Brush sizes and opacity can be adjusted at the top of the editing window using sliders, and while a few main brushes live on the main left-side toolbar, you can change those by accessing the Brush Drawer. The program features two workspaces, Drawing & Painting and Photo Painting. The first is a standard image creation template, while the second lets you upload a photo and "paint" over it.

The Photo Painting was quite impressive. When you upload an image, you select which parts of it you want shown by using the same variety of paint tools available in the Drawing & Painting workspace. The choices are quite deep, too: you can choose to change the texture of the images by changing the paper, you can change the brush type and width, and even use different kinds of paints to change your staid photo into an Impressionist work of art.

What's new in version 4

Version 4 includes a wide array of new features, including a redesigned photo-painting workspace and Smart Stroke technology, and updated file formats, brush drawer, a mixer palette, tablet supports, and Magic Wand tool.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
September 27, 2007
Latest update
August 19, 2014
Version
4
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Mac
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
22,893
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Create stunning paintings using your own digital photos.

Corel Painter Essentials 4 is the simple-to-use home art studio that makes it easy for you to sketch, paint and turn your photos into paintings. Two new workspaces put the tools you need at your fingertips, whether you're turning a photo into a painting, or sketching and painting on a blank canvas. Based on the world's most powerful painting and illustration software, Corel Painter, it's the ideal way to get started with digital art.