This download version of Corel Painter X3 Software is an advanced digital painting and drawing program that features a wealth of tools and modes designed to accurately simulate the look and feel of physical drawing and painting with the convenience and control of a computer. Painter X3 integrates a host of modes, tools, and features to enhance the overall working process and to provide the greatest efficiency and seamlessness in how you operate within the interface.
A wide selection of customizable options are available for fine-tuning personal use in the program, including advanced brush controls for modifying parameters of existing brushes; Jitter brushes and expressions for mimicking realistic acts of randomness throughout the work; customizable surface textures; and malleable and modular interface designs for adding or removing elements as required by your own needs. This application utilizes RealBristle technology in order to emulate the most realistic appearances of materials in respect to oils, watercolors, chalks, markers, and pencils among other tools and Flow Maps are available to control precisely how these different mediums interact with different surface types. For enhancing precision while working, perspective guides, reference images, and an intelligent cloning workflow can be used in order to attain realistic results akin to traditional media.
Painter X3 also features several means for optimizing how the software performs on your computer. Memory optimization is applied to make use of all available memory in order to increase rendering and performance times and support is given for 64-bit Mac and Windows operating systems. Images can be saved using a wide array of supported file types and compatibility with Adobe Photoshop allows for seamless exporting of files for manipulation in other programs. Full support is also available for the entire line of Wacom tablets and pens, including multi-touch capabilities.
To purchase this upgrade version of Painter X3, you must already own Painter 11 or Painter 12.
Brush Search Engine
Quickly find and select the desired brush simply by typing its name or properties and Painter will find it for you. A visual preview mode ensures that the selected brush is the exact one specified.
A range of brush stroke parameters can be previewed prior to applying to the final image including Mixing, Erasing, Blending, and Jitter functions. The preview is adjusted in real time as you experiment with different brushes and paper textures in order to eliminate the need of a test canvas.
Advanced Brush Controls
Brushes and their characteristics can be easily manipulated and optimized in a quick and intuitive manner. The brush optimizer highlights the primary parameters of each brush and then advanced edits to customize the final appearance of a brush can be made. Real time preview is available to further aid in modifying the brushes in an expedited manner.
Pre-built Jitter brushes are available to help mimic randomness or "happy accidents" that can occur when working with physical materials. These brushes can be further customized to create an even more organic and natural looking appearance depending on preference.
Jitter can be applied to all Painter brushes and each brush can be further adjusted for Opacity, Grain, Size, and Angle amongst other settings. By adding Jitter to these customized brushes there is a greater element of randomness in work, making it appear more akin to physically created results.
Guides can be used on images to help accurately draw in a one-, two-, or three-point perspective. Vanishing points can be selected and individual brush strokes will automatically snap to these grids in order to realistically portray perspective. Perspective Guide presets can be saved for later use and their line colors and the number of guidelines being used can also be adjusted.
A reference image can be placed within the Painter interface anywhere onscreen without disrupting the workflow. This image can be visually referred to and reference colors can be sampled from it, too.
Meet the Artist Paint Jam Sessions
Monthly online live talks can be viewed from within the Painter interface to provide assistance and inspiration when using the program. These sessions feature live artists who offer insight and share personal experiences with using the software.
Enhanced Cloning Workflow
A faster cloning workflow is possible compared to previous versions of Painter, allowing you to view a project image and the cloning crosshairs on a source image at the same time. Light edits can be made to source images and clone source data can be automatically saved.
Transform Across Multiple Layers
Multiple layers can be selected and transformed in one step, helping to increasing efficiency by eliminating the need to continuously cycle through layers within a project.
Color Set Libraries and Mixers
The maximum number of colors of possible within a color set can now be selected from an Image, Layer, Selection, or Mixer Pad. Inspirational mixers can also be employed to offer a new, unique manner for working with different colors.
Macs with 64-bit operating systems can now automatically use all available memory when running Painter, and PCs with large amounts of RAM can also utilize updated software speed enhancements. Both updates allow for Painter to run more quickly and seamlessly for an intuitive workflow.
Brush Sharing and Management
Individualized and custom brushes can be easily exported as a proprietary file type and then sent or shared with other users for use. When the brush's file is clicked on, it will automatically be imported into Painter for use.
RealBristle technology provides a highly realistic portrayal of traditional physical art materials, such as oils, watercolors, chalks, markers, pencils, and more. Color intensity and shading can be controlled with each medium by adjusting the angle and pressure of the pen on your tablet.
Flow Maps provide control over how the paint interacts with different canvas types when using Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes. Flow Map textures and brushes can also be personally adjusted for individualized results.
Smart Photo-Painting Tools
Photos can be transferred into paintings by hand or by using the Auto-Painting palette. This feature uses SmartStroke brush technology to intelligently follow the photo's lines and contours in order to mimic traditional procedures.
Customizable Surface Texturing
A wide range of different paper and canvas textures can be utilized and customized to best suit your own work. The extensive detailing capabilities work to produce a unique look that is based on individualized directions and afforded control.
Agile Brush Control
Shortcuts can be employed to quickly and efficiently change brush settings such as Size, Opacity, Squeeze, and Angle. These interactive and intuitive controls allow you to make adjustments in one centralized location and scalable resizing works to preserve proper brush proportions.
Individual preferred speed and pressure sensitivities can be set and saved for each brush to give a more personalized feel to working.
Move and Copy Brush Variants within a Library
Different brush variants can be simply moved and copied to any category by dragging the variant within the brush selector. Updated variants and category creation also adds to a faster overall workflow.
Temporal Color Palette
The Temporal Color Palette allows you to quickly and easily change brush colors without disrupting the overall workflow. The palette is only visible for as long as you need it and then disappears, leaving an open and free workspace.
Custom palettes can be created to better suit working on special projects or different types of workflows that are often employed. Each customized palette can be saved, too, for later use.
Workspace Creation and Management
Different Workspaces can be created, imported, and deleted, allowing you to select and customize the amount of tools and features visible while working. Once the settings have been fine-tuned, individual Workspaces can be exported, saved, and shared for use on different computers.
Adobe Photoshop Compatibility
Built-in Adobe compatibility works to preserve colors and layers when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter.
Wacom Multi-Touch Pen Tablet Compatibility
Full support is available for the entire Wacom product line, including Cintiq interactive pen displays and Intuous pen tablets. Wacom multi-touch support is also available and allows you to navigate throughout Painter's interface using simple finger taps on the tablet.
Corel Cinco for Painter
Corel Cinco is an app designed specifically for the iPad that works to map commonly used buttons using a tethered Wi-Fi connection. This allows you to work in Painter with one hand while also cycling through custom palettes and buttons with the other hand.
Motion Gesture Support
With the forthcoming X3.1 software update, Painter Freestyle will be available and utilizes a motion gesture system designed by Leap Motion that allows for painting and accessing commands simply by moving your hands and making specific gestures.
Extensive File Support
Full support is available for the following file types: PNG, PSD, TIFF (CMYK and RGB), BMP, TGA, GIF, JPEG, MOV, AVI and FRM. Files can also be saved in the EPS format.
The installation disc includes copies of both the Mac OS and Windows version of Painter, allowing the use of different and multiple operating systems.
Mac System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8
Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM
350 MB hard disk space
Mouse or tablet
1280 x 800 screen resolution
Safari v5 or higher
Windows System Requirements
Windows 8 (64-bit) or Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) with latest Service Pack