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Corel Painter X (OLD VERSION)

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  • Also includes full color User Guide and access to downloadable training movies
  • Box version includes bonus brushes, gradients, image hose nozzles, paper textures, patterns and weaves
  • All-new RealBristle painting system models traditional brushes like never before
  • The world's most powerful Natural-Media painting and illustration software
  • Ideal for commercial designers, entertainment artists, pro photographers, fine artists and students
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Product Description

Product Description

The ideal choice for any aspiring photographer's digital darkroom; an array of graphics tools and creative effects help you transform their photos into one-of-a-kind artistic images.


Corel Painter X offers artists and photographers professional art & design tools unmatched by any other software. Corel Painter X blurs the line between traditional and digital art. It introduces unparalleled performance, new color and composition tools, and the RealBristle Painting System, providing an organic painting & illustration experience.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy Corel Painter X

1 Speed: Corel Painter X has been significantly optimized to provide artists the fastest version of Painter--ever!

2 Workspace Manager: Customize, backup your workspace and share brushes and content with ease

3 Secure Saving: Auto-backups provide added peace of mind when saving files

4 Next-generation Natural Media: Representing a major milestone for digital painting, RealBristle brushes emulate their traditional counterparts right down to the individual bristles on the brushes. While artists have always marveled at how closely Corel Painter resembles traditional art media, Corel Painter X takes realism to a whole new level

5 Composition Tools: Compose your images like a Master using the Divine Proportion or the rule of thirds

6 Enhanced Photo-Painting: Now it's even easier than ever for photographers to create stunning paintings from photos! New settings offer more control over your underpainting and new Smart Stroke provides greater intelligence during auto-painting.

7 Enhanced Adobe Photoshop Support: With easier layer grouping and combining, and improved support for layer merge modes, artists can more effectively work between Corel Painter X and Adobe Photoshop

8 Intel-based Mac Support: Now you can get the best performance from Corel Painter X and your new Intel-based Mac. Corel Painter X is a Universal Binary application, which allows it to run natively on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

9 Windows Vista: Now Corel Painter X is compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system--Windows Vista

10 Jeremy Sutton Training Videos: Includes access to free training videos by renowned Painter Master Jeremy Sutton

The RealBristle Painting System sets a new standard for digital painting.

New composition tools will help you compose your paintings like the masters.

Dodge and burn capabilities have been improved with the addition of two new image enhancement tools.

New composition tools will help you compose your paintings like the masters.

The Auto-Painting Palette transforms a photograph into a painting.

Unparalleled Performance. Next Generation Art & Design Tools
New Corel Painter X--the world's most powerful Natural-Media painting and illustration software--features unique digital brushes, art materials and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. Setting the standard for digital painting and illustration, the Corel Painter X digital art studio introduces new composition tools, unparalleled performance, and the all-new RealBristle painting system that models traditional brushes like never before--right down the individual bristles on the brush!

Designed for Artists, Designers, and Photographers
...and the next generation of Creative Professionals!

Commercial Designers
Commercial designers require powerful tools for their craft. That's why many of the world's foremost illustrators, automotive concept designers, industrial designers, architects, and graphic designers use Corel Painter. Corel Painter X enables commercial designers to vividly capture their creative vision and handcraft distinctive designs, illustrations, and logos for their clients.

Entertainment Artists
Leading artists in the entertainment industry use Corel Painter to produce some of the world's best-known movies, comic books and video games. Professional entertainment artists can speed their production time by using Corel Painter X--leveraging their natural talents and techniques--to create astounding scenes, characters, vehicles, and textures.

Professional Photographers
In recent years, Corel Painter has sparked a new trend in the professional photography market as photographers explore the creative possibilities of turning their photographs into paintings. Corel Painter X offers photographers new revenue streams by making it easier than ever to create breathtaking, hand-painted works of art from their photographs.

Fine Artists
Many fine artists use Corel Painter as their primary art medium. Their works appear in galleries around the world, demonstrating that digitally-created art has become an accepted medium on the world's art scene. Corel Painter X enables artists to experiment with new techniques, without investing the time and money that would ordinarily be required with analog mediums, and achieve results that emulate those of their traditional counterparts.

Educators around the world are harnessing the power and ease-of-use of Corel Painter to help enhance the learning experience and provide students with the skills they need to succeed as leading creative professionals.

Product Highlights and New Features
Corel Painter X offers a broad range of tools and features that inspire creativity, increase performance, and further extend compatibility with other industry-standard tools and applications. It delivers an impressive array of new features that provide unprecedented power to replicate traditional art media--right down to the individual bristles on the brush.

Increased Performance
Corel Painter X has been optimized to provide artists with the fastest version of Painter--ever! Depending on system hardware, brushes perform up to 35% faster--and file opening and saving is up to two times faster!

New RealBristle Painting System
The new RealBristle Painting System heightens the responsiveness of the brush and represents a major milestone for digital painting. Artists can now faithfully replicate the sensation of the interaction between the paint, the canvas, and the brush. See it in action.

New Composition Tools
New composition tools help artists and photographers visually arrange a blank canvas prior to sketching or painting, or create an aesthetically pleasing composition from a photo using the Divine Proportion tool and the Rule of Thirds. Used throughout history by artists, designers, and architects alike, the Divine Proportion will help you compose your paintings like the masters! Similarly, professional photographers often use the Rule of Thirds to compose their photographs. See it in action.

New Workspace Manager:
Corel Painter X allows you to easily customize and back up your workspaces as well as export and share them with your friends and colleagues. See it in action.

Enhanced Photo-Painting System
It's now easier than ever for photographers to create stunning paintings from photographs! Major improvements offer greater control when Underpainting, and the new Smart Strokes technology adds more intelligence during Auto-painting. See it in action.

  • The Underpainting palette includes color schemes based on various artistic styles, such as Impressionist, Classical, Modern, Watercolor, Sketchbook, and Chalk Drawing. You can also match your Underpainting's palette to that of any open image
  • The Auto-Painting Palette transforms a photograph into a painting by automatically applying brushstrokes while intelligently changing stroke size and direction using new Smart stroke technology.

New Downloadable Training Videos:
Getting up and running quickly with the new training videos by Painter Master Jeremy Sutton! See it in action.

New Universal Mixer palette
For multicolor selection, the new Universal Mixer palette gives you better control over color blending between the Mixer palette and the canvas. See it in action.

Dodge and Burn Tools
Dodge and burn capabilities have been improved with the addition of two new image enhancement tools to the toolbox. Now preparing photos for paintings is easier than ever!

Enhanced Adobe Photoshop support
With improved layer grouping and combining, and enhanced support for layer merge modes, artists can more efficiently work between Corel Painter X and Adobe Photoshop.

Enhanced Wacom Support
Artists can use the entire Wacom product line--including the Cintiq 21 UX interactive pen display, the Intuos 3 pen tablet, and the Wacom 6D Art Pen.

New Printed User Guide
Full and Upgrade customers receive a color printed User Guide which provides useful reference information and fast solutions. Also includes a 16-page art gallery.

New Match Palette effect
The new Match Palette effect lets you match the color and intensity between two images. Just open an image that features your desired color scheme and use the Match Palette effect to bring the desired color scheme to the image you want to change.

Windows Vista Support
Corel Painter X is compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system--Windows Vista.

Intel-based Mac Support
With support for Universal binary specifications, Corel Painter X is optimized for use on Intel-based Mac computers.

Corel Painter's heritage is deeply rooted in the foundations of art theory and technique. Over the years, Painter developers have worked closely with artists from around the world to create the next-generation art studio. Providing an experience that is unmatched by any other software, Corel Painter has grown to become the world's most powerful painting & illustration application.

Artists, designers and photographers continue to enjoy many features that have been the cornerstones of this ground-breaking application for years. The following features let creative professionals leverage their natural talents and techniques to create original works of art, distinguishing Corel Painter from other applications.

Brushes have always been the heart and soul of Corel Painter. There are more than 30 brush categories, ranging from Crayons, Chalk, and Charcoal to Acrylics, Watercolor, Liquid Ink, Artists' Oils, and the new RealBristle. While most brush categories mirror the look and feel of traditional brushes, others offer users a one-of-a-kind creative tool.

Brushes are organized into distinct categories, each featuring a multitude of variants. The following brush categories are just a sample of those available to Corel Painter X customers.

  • Artists' Oils Painting System: The Artists' Oils Painting System enables users to apply paint blends created in the Mixer palette directly onto images in the document window. Each brush dab loads the brush variant with a finite amount of oil. As the oil runs out, the brush stroke becomes fainter. Brush strokes interact with any paint already on the canvas just as they would with natural media.
  • Watercolor: Watercolor brush variants produce natural-looking watercolor effects. Almost all brush variants in the Watercolor category interact with the canvas texture. For most of these variants, stylus pressure affects the width of the brush stroke. As with traditional-media watercolor brushes, greater pressure on the brush widens a stroke and less pressure narrows a stroke.
  • Chalk: Chalk brush variants produce the thick, rich texture of natural chalk sticks and cover with strokes that interact with the paper grain. The opacity is linked to stylus pressure.
  • Image Hose: The Image Hose behaves like a brush, but it sprays images instead of applying paint. Users can also load their own image or select from the library included in the application.
  • Cloners: Painting with a cloner brush is similar to painting with any Corel Painter brush, except that cloner brush variants take their color information from a clone source, such as a pattern or another image, instead of from the Colors palette. Some cloner brush variants reproduce a source image directly.

    Other cloner brush variants reproduce a source image with low opacity and soft edges, or use paper grain and specialized dabs, for particular media effects.

Brush Controls
Brush Control palettes provide quick, easy access to all brush settings and controls. Making on-the-fly changes to brush settings and variables is as simple as dragging a sliderâ€"without any disruption to workflow. For example, the Boost slider, found in the General palette of the Brush Controls, instantly enhances brush speed. Just drag the slider and see brush performance accelerate.

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In the traditional art world, an artist's brush or drawing tool produces different results when applied to surfaces with different textures. Corel Painter allows users to control the texture of the canvas to achieve the results they would expect from conventional art media on a given surface. Brushes interact with paper grain, just as natural tools react with the texture of the surfaces beneath them. Textures can also be used to create special effects, such as rusted metal on an intergalactic spaceship or bark on a tree.

Corel Painter has an impressive array of animation features. The Onion Skinning feature enables users to view previous and future frames while working on the current frame. The Rotoscoping feature enables users to paint and modify a single frame of an existing movie. Animated movies can be saved as animated GIFs, QuickTime movies, or AVI movies.

Support for Industry-Standard File Formats
Corel Painter lets users open and save a variety of file formats, including Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP), TIFF (CMYK & RGB), Windows Bitmap (BMP), PC Paintbrush (PCX), TARGA (TGA), GIF, JPEG, Mac PICT, QuickTime (MOV), and Video for Windows (AVI) files. Users can also save files in encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,555 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By David F. Kyte on July 22, 2007
In the past 2D computer art was too perfect. It lacked the hand of the artist, the interesting look only natural media could lend. While not perfect Painter gets as close as you can get without actually having to clean brushes. Colors can be mixed that have variations in tone and color. Paints can mix and smear with underlying color. An airbrush can spit and splatter or be perfectly smooth. Watercolors blend and soak into the paper.

Where Painter really shines is with the use of a graphics tablet like Wacom Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet. You can almost smell the turpentine.
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I was very disappointed in Painter X. After struggling with how slow Painter IX was, Corel boasted that this new release was the "fastest Painter ever!" It may be a tiny bit faster, but it's not noticeable! It still lags a LOT if you're using higher resolution images. Be prepared to work in 800 X 600 at 72 dpi if you want speed from the advanced brushes. I'm using a VERY fast system which is running very large Photoshop files at lightning speed. I find myself constantly struggling to keep my brush sizes low in Painter, just to avoid major lagtime.

Another problem I have with Painter is the interface. It is too clumsy to scale and rotate images when you can't see what you're resizing! I know, right? Not from $400+ software?! Yep.

Also, right out of the box, most brushes look pretty bad. I'm able to take some time and make custom brushes that look better, but most new users will have a hard time with this. WHY NOT MAKE BETTER PRESETS, COREL!?! Also, the textured paper looks like a cheap embossing effect, unless you really work with the lighting, etc.

So, the ability for Corel to perform is there, but it's slow, has a terrible interface, and takes a good bit of work to get the tools looking good. I keep hoping for them to address these issues, but they focus on making the paint effects look better. I would DEFINITELY have preferred ease-of-use to "real brisles" (a feature that you can't really use on bigger brushes without to major lagging)! It's too bad, because I LOVE what it CAN do, and how it looks, but getting there can be a real trial, especially compared to Photoshop.

So, I guess I'll just wait for Adobe to buy them, and take care of some of these issues.
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I am a Painter fan, but I think one should review the product with some honesty.

Painter's Brush engine is rather unmatched in terms of digital painting and graphics. This is one feature that overrides many of the other industry standard programs when it comes to illustrating and painting with digital applications. Painter's brush tracking also helps when one uses a tablet making it a very powerful application. The multitude of brushes that act like their traditional counterparts is one of the reasons a person could experiment without the fear of running out of paint, wasting paper, or supplies.

New Enhanced Brush Ghosting makes it a lot more easier to see the bearing and direction of your brush, especially making effects and strokes. Divine proportions help you with composition. I even like the fact that scripts even allow you to playback your drawing progress, similar to PortalGraphics Open Canvas. You can even create movies and animations. With the combination of Photoshop this is indeed a powerful program.

However, and granted I don't expect every program to be perfect upon release, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) has some major bugs. Scrollbars will disappear, going into the Brush creator will undock your palettes or mess with settings you previously had. Workspaces weren't able to save. Your brush would disappear at times too.

Now there is a current patch for this software at Corel's site, but if you were new to the program and saw such bad interface errors, wouldn't you be upset, given the cost of the software?

I can't honestly give this product 5 stars since you're met with such errors right out of the box.
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I'm a Photoshop user but had read so many great reviews and tried the trial version of PainterIX and just had to buy this. I'm very happy with it. For me it was a very quick learning curve from PS to Painter. Painter is much more "painterly" than PS and the brushes and paints really do react very much like the real deal. Coming from studio painting using acrylics for my underpainting and oils on top I found that Corels' oil pastels actually gave me a very similar look and feel once I learned how to tweak the brushes to my liking. In my opinion the most important things to learn to really get what you want from Painter are learning how to adjust the brushes to your liking, learning to use "papers" as textures instead of the brushes as textures (that's how PS works), and getting used to the color wheel. But I found the color wheel indispensable once I got used to it. I actually found myself wishing I had the color wheel in PS when working in it.
Oh yeah, and if you don't have a tablet yet, I suggest the wacom intuos3 6x11. IN FACT, you may want to check on Corel's website. They almost always have a bundle deal where you can buy Painter and get a Wacom tablet at a discounted price instead of buying them separately (sorry Amazon...maybe Amazon has a bundle price too though...?).
I can't even imagine trying to use this software with a mouse. Spend the extra little bit to get the cd version of the software. It comes with a great book that covers a lot of Painters features, including their new "real bristle" technology, as well as some goodies on the cd.

Overall if you're looking for a more "painterly" end product I think Painter is the way to go. You may also want to look on [...] for some great dvd tutorials on using Painter.
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