There's image editing and then there's fine art--and Corel has always positioned Painter, its flagship professional painting program, on the creative end of the spectrum. With the release of Painter X3 (the 13th version of the famed natural-media software) for Mac and Windows, Corel seeks to augment Painter's position as a leading inspirational tool for creatives working in photographic and traditional art, illustration, Manga and comic art, conceptual art, and design. Even though it emerged roughly around the same time as its image-editing contemporary, Adobe Photoshop, Painter holds a unique place in the art world for its drawing and painting prowess.
Painter X3 offers an enhanced user experience, workflow optimization, and new technologies for brush characteristics and controls, painting and visual aids, and inspirational details and customization options. With this release, digital paint grows ever closer to actual paint in look and behavior. At the same time, Painter's major features are now easier to find and use. The following hands-on overview illustrates some of what Painter X3 brings to the drawing table.
The Painter X3 interface with the new Search Brushes bar. It's easy to type in a search term, quickly find the brush you want, and then view it in the Live Stroke Preview. Here, I searched for X3's new brushes.
Painter X3's new Jitter brush enhancements introduce increased elements of randomness to strokes either by adding universal Jitter properties to any available brush or through one of the 25 new Jitter brushes.Jitter introduces randomness to a brushstroke--you let the program change a certain brush characteristic on its own.
Artist mixers let you choose and mix colors on palettes inspired by fine artists working with Corel.
A new Brush Search Engine lets you quickly find the exact brush you're looking for simply by typing search terms, such as names or properties, in the search bar. An enhanced Live Stroke Preview visually ensures that you've found the brush you're after. It offers a more detailed preview of the brushstroke that will appear on the canvas. The preview now visually represents brush parameters such as mixing, erasing, blending, and jitter. The brush preview displays in the Brush Library panel, the Brush Search panel, and the Live Stroke Preview panel. Painter X3 offers close to 1000 brushes in 30 categories.
Smart Brush Controls help you change brush properties more easily by providing a context sensitive intuitive way of modifying a selected brush's advanced controls: The panel displays only the settings you can tweak for that brush.
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