RSS Feed

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Newsletter

Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

Corel Painter Essentials 6

The closest you’ll get to natural painting using your computer

by Nick Peers

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
Requirements:
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 February 2018
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 3983
Developer: Corel
RSS News Feed: http://corelblogs.wordpress.com/category/digital-art/
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/corelpainter
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/corelpainter
Safeguard your PC with Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium for only $29.99, saving 50% from store.downloadcrew.com
Corel Painter Essentials 6
Turn your PC or Mac into a digital canvas with Corel Painter.

Who needs canvas and paint when you have the perfect digital art room in the form of your PC or Mac? Of course, simulating natural paints and strokes using bog-standard image editors is not the most satisfying experience, which is where Corel Painter comes in.

This is a powerful tool developed painstakingly over years to provide the digital artist with all the tools they could ever possibly need to simulate watercolours, oil paintings and more besides.

Painter’s success lies in its brilliantly realised papers and brushes, with recently introduced Real Watercolour and Real Oil brushes actually letting you watch the paint “dry” on the canvas to produce results even closer to those in real life. Other brushes – such as Particle Brushes – aren’t quite as authentic, but provide shortcuts to producing beautiful – yet more subtle – effects such as fur or smoke. Ultimately there’s something here for the purist and those who just want to produce superb results without tapping into their years of training or experience.

Painter also provides a wide variety of effects to spruce up existing images, plus cloning and photo painting tools to transform photos into virtual works of art. There are also useful composition tools such as mirror and kaleidoscope as well as familiar concepts like rule of thirds.

All of this power comes at a price – the program can be difficult to navigate at first, and some of the more realistic brushes will slow less powerful computers to a crawl. Nevertheless, recent versions have worked hard to try and simplify the user interface while delivering performance efficiencies to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the program.

Verdict:

Undeniably beautiful, powerful and effective – one of the best ways to get in to painting, via your computer, for the first time.

Your Comments & Opinion
 
Related Download Articles
 
Freehand Painter

Freehand Painter 0.94

Freeware

Sketch and paint on your touch-screen PC with this free tool

FotoSketcher for Android

FotoSketcher for Android alpha

Freeware

Transform digital images into paintings

Mondriaan Creator

Mondriaan Creator 4.7.0.34

Freeware

Generate Piet Mondriaan-style artwork with a click

AKVIS AirBrush

AKVIS AirBrush 3.0

Trial Software

Change digital images into airbrushed works of art

Other Download Articles From This Category
IcoFX

IcoFX 3.2.1

Trial Software

Create, edit and extract icons quickly and easily with this super tool

GrafX Website Studio

GrafX Website Studio 4.5.80

Freeware

Quickly build responsive websites

WindowBlinds 10.71

WindowBlinds 10.71

Trial Software

Theme and customise just about every aspect of your Windows user-interface

Paint.NET

Paint.NET 4.1.1

Freeware

Powerful, free and popular image editor gets first major update in years

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Our Price: $22.95
RRP: $49.95
Saving 54%
Buy Now
 

Spotlight: Free Full Software

WhatsApp Messenger 2.18.90

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.18.90

- When receiving photos or GIFs, you can 3D Touch or swipe left on the notification and tap "View" to preview the media from within the notification (iOS 10+).
- You can now search on the Status tab to quickly find status updates.

[...]
Value:
Free
Rating: