If you're involved with digital art in any way, you've certainly heard the term "painterly look." Well, it all began with Painter back in the early 1990's, and the tradition continues in a grand way with the most recent release of the app, Painter 2017.
Newcomers to Painter will find everything needed for the creation of artwork, or for rendering photographs into pieces of art. It provides pencils, chalks, watercolors, and oils; paper textures, design textures, and flow maps; particle brushes and pattern pens; special effects and standard editing tools. It's all there, in a very adaptable user-interface.
Painter veterans will find a couple of new workflows in this new version, as well as some improved means of dealing with the incredible wealth of media. Where addition of texture to a painting or object might have been done with extensive layering and masking in the past, Painter 2017 now has texturing brushes scattered throughout the interface, allowing everything from the subtle to the surreal. The Express Paint feature for interactive gradients provides an exceptional boost to the creation of backgrounds with an organic, hand-rendered feel. Think of it as the old-school Effects > Esoterica > Auto Clone with its own button. And Corel has also added the ability to explore additional brushes from a new tab in the Welcome center. Despite all the additional media, Corel has kept Painter running fast, and rendering is speedy.
With the addition of texturing brushes and dab stencils which use paper, flow maps, and texture files, Painter 2017 re-introduces the concept of "palette drawers". You can now group panels into drawers which close with a double-click, bringing order to the workspace. You'll still be working with lots of asset panels, but you'll be able to see your work, even if you're using a single display.
Painter is still the queen of the pack in digital artistry, and with this new release, she wields her scepter like a stylus. No, wait,... she wields her stylus like a scepter. Well, you get the idea.