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Corel Painter helps you create astonishing art in a variety of media.

Paint with vivid oil paints, fluid water colors, and earthy charcoals. Corel Painter flawlessly recreates the tones and textures of each medium.

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  • Choose your brush. Corel Painter includes hundreds of built-in brushes. You can even create your own brush by fine-tuning bristle type, behavior, and settings.
  • Pick a paper style. Corel Painter lets you tweak your paper texture, effecting the way your brush strokes interact with the grain. More textures, more...

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  • Various instabilities were addressed in areas such as layers, brushes, and cloning. (Windows and Mac)
  • Copying a reference layer from an open image no longer causes application instability.
  • Autopainting with Artists Oils no longer causes the application to stop responding.
  • Running Painter 12 and Painter X3 simultaneously with both more...


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With Painter 12 Corel has taken a huge and horrible step in the wrong direction As a person with visual problems I fine the new interface is virtually unusable, not to mention the lack of integration withVoiceOver, the Mac’s screenreader. I more...

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Runtime Member IconComment+47

Ouch! Expensive to upgrade, v11 SP1 stopped working after 10.6.8->10.9.3, annybody knows if it is supposed to work?

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Tim27 Member IconReview+554

I've been using Painter since it was Fractal Painter, watching it change hands multiple times until Corel got hold of it. Since Corel bought it they've increased the price (especially for upgrades) considerably. However, right now I noticed they have a discount going on their website for both the full and upgrade versions. Perhaps it's just for the holiday season? In addition, if you search RetailMeNot for Corel you can find a discount code for another 10% off. This is a good deal for either the full version or an upgrade.

So, I bought Painter X3 with all the discounts. The program has become very complex over the years - and the interface along with it. For real artists (who will most likely be the ones using this software) the presets are not all that great. You have to tweak them to get them to where they are usable for your style of painting. Therein lies both the power of Painter and unfortunately the complexity.
It takes a long time to get the hang of what all the options do in the brush palette. That's why I gave ease of use only 1 star. The feature set is outstanding and no other painting program comes close. However, I have had a couple crashes with X3 so far. One was just entering the serial number. Not a good start to using new software.
The icons in the toolbars and palettes look terrible. They are heavy and cartoonish. The interface REALLY needs to be simplified and redesigned. It is not intuitive or nice to look at no matter what operating system you are using.
Overall, if you're an artist you can't really pass up this software at the current price on Corel's site. Plus, it is a bit faster than previous versions. I hope Corel takes the interface more seriously in future versions, though.

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b77 Member IconReview+12

Terrific brush capabilities – I especially like the Real Watercolor brushes – and the new jitter option is a great addition.
What could be improved: it'd be great if the contextual right-click menu with the brush names would also get the brush previews.
What I don't like is the fact that even if Painter allows you to paint using Pantone spot colors, it doesn't actually export said color in .PSD format as Pantone.

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Peter_Van_Den_Einde Member IconReview+33

Just way to expensive. Period.

Before digging out a lot of money I recommend trying Pixelmator.

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That is an ignorant comment right there, sorry…

How can you compare these two, buddy?! Pixelmator, Photoshop, Acorn, Gimp, etc are good (and very good) image editors with some digital brushes thrown in, and Painter is first and foremost a painting program with some image editing features thrown in. None of the image editors are at the level of the painting capabilities and brushes of Painter – better try comparing Painter with ArtRage and Sketchbook, then come back (though i suspect you don't do digital painting, just image editing – hence the flawed comparison).

Krazykat Member IconReview+5

With Painter 12 Corel has taken a huge and horrible step in the wrong direction As a person with visual problems I fine the new interface is virtually unusable, not to mention the lack of integration withVoiceOver, the Mac’s screenreader. I purchased Painter 7 many years ago and was pleased with the direction Corel had been taking the program through version 9, the last one with which I am very familiar. Asking why the developers would abandon a wonderfully useful tool like the Brush Creator in favor of the current panels or the nicely realized brush icons and pallettes in Painter 9 with the nasty ones in Painter 12 is to open the door to a vision of a very depressing future in terms of Painter’s likely direction of development.
In a way it is easy to understand their desire to seek a greater integration with Photoshop, but in another way the original painter which was designed as an Arts program with a beautiful interface is a compelling enough idea that if Corel would re-imagine Painter for the Mac if they were to ignore Photoshop and simply produce an elegant Painting program. I think they would find a permanent and supportive market rather than carping critics such as myself.
My primary reason for writing this is that I would like to know if Painter 11 will run successfully on OSX 10.8.2 Mountain Lion and if anyone would like a bargain on a copy of Painter 12?

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Ebatalha Member IconComment+51

This is not a 134MB update MU but 25MB. When I try to install the system warns me that it hasn't a valid certificate…

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I updated mine in-app, and received the same warning, but it installed fine anyway.

Achim2 Member IconReview+6

Good program, but the new features in v12 don't justify a price of half the full product for the upgrade. I'll stay at v11 for now - especially since the advertised speed increase could not be confirmed in reviews.

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By now I have v12.2.1, the speed is sufficient now. Since there's no real alternative out there if you want the most realistic painting tools (and since it can also replace PS for most tasks) I can really recommend it - especially for new customers who can get it for a very reasonable price now. SketchbookPro and Artrage have slick UIs but are far from Painter's possibilities.

WillemDeJong Member IconReview+8

Love using this with my Wacom tablet.
It's the best digital "drawing" software I've ever used. Lately it's been crashing on occasion with large complex files on my i7 iMac. Hope they fix that soon. Apart from that all ok.

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Dr.-Girlfriend Member IconComment+517

Wait a minute... Corel actually updated this ridiculously buggy version of Painter without charging us for it? I must be high (or dreaming).

There's got to be a logical explanation for this. Let me guess:

They want to cash in on the Back-To-School rush and convince more students and institutions to upgrade?

They sense that Photoshop is nipping at their heels and are finally waking up from their stupor?

They're preparing to sell the company and want to make their flagship app appear more enticing?

Whatever the reason -- it's about time! I hope this version squashes most of the bugs and is a sign of better things to come. It's really sad to see this once great app wither on the vine from neglect.

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Maclover1.1 Member IconComment+740

Painter went down.. or at least not up.. ever since Corel got it years ago.. Sad because this could be a great app.. but it's not very MacLike... obviously Corel "forgot" Painter was originally a Mac app.. and people like Ambient Design, makers of ArtRage have come up with something much sweeter since...ok it does not have all the bells and whistles Painter has.. but in the end ArtRage is much more pleasing as a true painting app. Sorry Corel.. you lost the Mac crowd I think.. but what do you care.. there are so few of us.. Mmmhhh then again all those iPhone people slowly converting to iMacs... think about it...

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Date 19 Nov 2013
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