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Hands on: Corel graces Painter X3 with new visual, brush, and painting features

Jackie Dove | July 24, 2013
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.

Pricing and availability
Corel Painter X3 is available in English and can be downloaded now from Corel's website. Box versions will ship in two weeks. In North America, the full version of Painter X3 is $429; upgrades for Painter 11 and 12 cost $229. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available. The program runs on Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, or Windows 7 or 8 with the latest service packs.

 

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