Corel Painter 12 opens up world of creativity
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Corel Painter 12 opens up world of creativity


By Tami Fry-Pietsch

In the newest update to Corel Painter (http://www.corel.com) for Mac OS X and Windows there are some exciting changes. The interface has undergone a complete overhaul and now provides almost limitless possibilities for customization.

You can totally personalize your workflow from palettes and panels to more brushes or fewer brushes. You can choose what to group with what, and add more or have fewer panels and palettes in your own personal workspace. Want a big color wheel and a small Layers panel? No problem, just drag to resize to taste. You can do it all. And now that workspace sharing is back, you can create, export, and import new workspaces to share with other artists (this is one of the new interface highlights for me).

The Navigator panel is a great addition to Painter 12. No more switching to the Zoom tool to move around a large image. Simply go to the Navigator display and move the red rectangle to the area you wish to move to. The Navigator panel also includes image information such as Width, Height, Resolution, and more.

The Temporal Color palette is another awesome addition that brings the color to you wherever you are in the document. It has a bit of a clunky shortcut (especially for us left-handers), so I advise a hot key on your tablet or pen.

Painter 12 has some big changes to the brush engine. Now it’s easy to customize your brushes (this gets my vote for the best improvement of an existing feature). Not only can you adjust size and opacity on the fly, you can adjust the angle and squeeze, too. Do you have an awesome new variation of a basic brush? Want to save it quickly? Click on the Painter Brushes flyout menu and choose Save Variant. That’s it!

There’s even a custom canvas preset feature. Say you always use a certain resolution, color, and texture. Pick your favorite settings in the New Image dialog, and then click Add to create the preset.

You can also easily create a symmetrical painting with the new Mirror Painting feature -- a very cool addition for illustrators. With the Kaleidoscope Painting features, you can create beautiful kaleidoscopes in a few minutes or a few hours because it’s easy to get lost in the creation of these (this has my vote for the coolest new addition to Painter 12). This can be a great stress reliever; what better way to wash away tension than to create a beautiful work of art.

The new Real Watercolor brushes are the closest to traditional watercolors I’ve seen and are unmatched by any other software. The Real Wet Oil brushes are hands down the best brushes out there at simulating traditional oil brushes. The turpentine feature allows you to alter the paint appearance to opaque or transparent and allows for the creation of color washes.

Other features include an enhanced RealBristle painting system, 64-bit support for Windows, a Clone Source palette, and new Gel brushes and Merge modes. Painter 12 also has new digital airbrushes, enhanced Mac OS and Adobe Photoshop support, and additional file format support for more compatibility with industry standards.

Corel Painter 12 is a great rework of the interface and creates a much more user-friendly atmosphere than ever before. The addition of the new painting modes and the Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes make this upgrade a must-have if you’ve been frustrated by the limitations of customization in past upgrades. It's US$429 for new users; upgrades from previous versions are $229.

Rating: 8 out of 10

(This review is brought to you courtesy of "Layers Magazine": http://layersmagazine.com/ .)

 
AAPL
$127.60
Apple Inc.
+2.85
GOOG
$535.38
Google Inc.
+11.33
MSFT
$42.91
Microsoft Corporation
+1.29
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Watch This Homerun is Batting for the Ap...
Eyes Wide Games' Watch This Homerun is purportedly the first sports game coming to the Apple Watch, where you'll be up to bat as the pitcher tries to out-manuever you with fastballs, curveballs, and changeups. Using one-touch controls you can try to hit as many homeruns as possible. The game has a progression-based League system meant to make you... | Read more »
Field Trip Can Take You on a Guided Tour...
Field Trip, by Google’s Niantic Labs, is an exploration app that gives you details about the awesome places you can discover wherever you find yourself. The app can show you local history, delicious restraunts, the best places to shop, and places to just have fun. Field Trip curates information from over 200 publishers such as Thrillist, Zagat,... | Read more »
Watch Your Six - SPY_WATCH is Infiltrati...
SPY_WATCH, by Bossa Studios, is a new game designed for the Apple Watch. Runmor has it your spy agency has fallen out of favor. To save it, you'll need to train-up a spy and send them on missions to earn you a stunningly suspicious reputation and some cash to improve your spy's abilities. The app will send you real-time notifications from you... | Read more »
Both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spa...
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike, by Microsoft, have officially landed on the App Store. Spartan Assault pits you against the Covenant with missions geared to tell the story of the origin of Spartan Ops. In Spartan Strike you'll delve into the events surrounding Halo 2 as you lead UNSC troops against the Promethean forces. | Read more »
The Apple Watch Could Revolutionize the...
It’s not here yet but there’s that developing sneaky feeling that the Apple Watch, despite its price tag and low battery life, might yet change quite a lot about how we conduct our lives. While I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight transformation, I can see it being a slow but steady process. One such area where the Apple Watch could make... | Read more »
Mad Skills Motocross 2 Version 2.0 is He...
Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a leveling system and added a new, faster motorcycle called the #8. You can also try out 12 new tracks in... | Read more »
Kids Can Practice Healthy Living With Gr...
Bobaka is releasing a new interactive book called Green Riding Hood  in May. The app teaches kids about yoga and organic style of life through mini-games and a fun take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. | Read more »
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has...
It's time to put the Darkness back in its place now that Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has officially made it to iOS. | Read more »
A World of Ice and Fire Lets You Stalk 2...
George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire, by Random House, is a mobile guide to the epic series. The new update gives you the Journeys map feture that will let you track the movements of 25 different characters. But don't worry, you can protect yourself from spoilers by filtering the map by chapter. The new map is part of the "A Game of... | Read more »
Gameloft Announces Battle Odyssey, a New...
Battle Odyssey, Gameloft's newest puzzle RPG, is coming to the App Store next week. Set in the world of Pondera, you will need to control the power of the elements to defend the world from evil. You'll be able to entlist over 500 allies to aid you in your quest to save the world, and each one comes with their own elemental affinities and powers.... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.