The Painter 12 Software from Corel is a software application that is designed for artists, by artists. Compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems, Painter delivers an impressive collection of brush types, paper textures, paints, oils, and watercolors.
Painter can work alongside other popular imaging applications -- including Adobe Photoshop. It supports popular hardware accessories, including digital tablets and pens by Wacom. Its interface can be customized to suit your preferences.
Progressive Digital Art Capabilities
Create electrifying kaleidoscope effects on canvas with this exciting tool that only exists in Painter 12! Use your choice of media to paint transfixing patterns and colors, using three to 12 mirrored planes. No other digital painting software in the world can produce such a "wow" reaction!
Save time as you paint with perfect precision! This tool copies every stroke you make onto the opposite side of your canvas. You choose whether it's mirrored horizontally, vertically or both. It's double the fun in half the time!
RealBristle Dry Media
Reproduce the movement and feeling of traditional art on canvas! Painter's RealBristle brushes represent a major milestone for digital painting, providing the most realistic painting experience when paired with a graphics tablet. Designed to work with a Wacom pen tablet, Painter's RealBristle Dry Media tools, such as Chalk, Marker, Pen and Pencil media, let you control opacity, color intensity, ink and shading simply by adjusting the pressure, angle and speed of your pen on tablet.
Achieve the most authentic results! This breakthrough tool blends and dries more realistically than any other watercolor brush. Control wind direction for drying, and watch colors interact with the paper grain and change pigmentation in the most lifelike way. Also customize your paper texture settings to influence how the watercolor paint flows and pools on the canvas.
Real Wet Oil
All of the fun, none of the mess or smell! With 12 tools, the Real Wet Oil category offers the perfect solution for blending and painting flowing colors. Add solvents to the canvas for even more control. This brush category gives artists that heightened sense of realism that only Painter 12 can deliver.
Clone Source Palette
Save time when working with photos. You can now create and manage numerous images for cloning within a single Painter file, using the Clone Source palette. Simply create a library of objects that can easily be cloned and inserted into a painting.
Smart Photo-Painting Tools
Transform photos into paintings by hand or let the Auto-Painting palette paint a photo for you, using your choice of brush and media. Painter contains sophisticated SmartStroke brush technology that follows the lines and contours in a picture just like a real artist would.
Customizable Surface Texturing
Give your art a level of texture and detail that no other digital painting software or photo-painting tools can produce. Choose paper textures for your canvas or create and customize your own textures to produce really unique artwork. The Real Wet Oil and Real Watercolor palettes give you further options for controlling canvas texture.
Smart Blur Effect
The Smart Blur effect lets you quickly apply a painterly effect to an image. By smoothing out colors and sharp details, the Smart Blur effect softens the appearance of an image with a result that is similar to applying soft brushstrokes.
Breakthrough Brush Developments
Agile Brush Control
Change settings, such as brush size, opacity, squeeze and angle, using interactive controls that let you make rapid adjustments from one centralized location. Scalable resizing lets you preserve correct brush proportions. Use shortcuts to access brush settings even faster!
Streamlined Brush Categories
Find the right brush quicker and easier than ever! The brush categories have been consolidated into families and sub-families, giving you a clear path to finding the perfect brush.
Dynamic Brush Settings
Blend brushstrokes better than ever with dynamic settings. Controls let you set the merge mode and opacity for each brushstroke, resulting in much smoother blending. This feature, combined with airbrush variants, will especially appeal to Photoshop users.
With six Digital airbrushes, Painter 12 helps you achieve stunning airbrush effects. These airbrushes produce effects similar to blend modes in Photoshop and work in concert with the Computed Circular brush controls. The controls let you determine how brushstrokes interact with each layer of the canvas by adjusting opacity and hardness.
Computed Circular Brush Controls
With the Computed Circular brush control panel, you can specify the opacity and hardness of your brush.
Gel Brushes and Merge Modes
The Gel brushes let you tint an image's underlying color with the color of the brushstroke color. Customize Gel brushes by using the Merge Mode brush controls on the General brush control panel.
Multicore Support for Brushes
Multicore brush support maximizes brush performance when working on a multicore computer.
Customize to Your Liking
Welcome to comfort! An interface refresh streamlines brush selection, image navigation, libraries, color controls and image set up to make the workspace more intuitive and quicker to navigate-changes that will especially appeal to people familiar with the Adobe Photoshop environment. This streamlined approach will significantly reduce the learning curve for users.
Customize Painter to remember your touch. Brush tracking is an amazing feature that lets you instantly program Painter to remember your preferred brush speed and pressure sensitivity for each individual brush! Just as one size does not fit all, one speed does not suit all. Be particular with Painter!
Painter 12 introduces some custom workspaces to help artists from all backgrounds quickly familiarize themselves with Painter.
Navigating your canvas and working with large images just got easier. Use the Preview window to drag and change your focal point on the canvas-perfect for moving to a different area of the image without having to switch tools or adjust the zoom level. The Navigator panel also gives you quick access to various tools, such as drawing modes, Impasto layer, Tracing Paper, grids and color management.
Image Dialog Box
You can now create custom presets, such as canvases, colors and paper textures, for your artwork. The New Image dialog box lets you give your image a title and choose canvas dimensions, resolution, color and paper texture before you start painting or drawing.
Panel and Palette Behavior
With Painter 12, you can rearrange panels and palettes to suit your workflow. Group task-related panels together on a palette, snap panels and palettes to the edge of the application window, or leave them floating in the workspace for easy access.
Color Changer Palette
A handy addition, the Color Changer palette pops up on screen for a quick, easy way to change your brush color. The palette only sticks around for as long as you need it, keeping your workspace clean.
Tailor Painter to your liking. Create custom palettes for special projects and workflows you use frequently. Once you create a custom palette, it is saved from session to session for convenient and immediate access. There are no limits to the number you can create!
Switch between different Transform modes from one centralized tool, and choose whether to transform the complete contents of a layer, or selected content, for greater speed, flexibility and precision.
Designed for Unlimited Experimentation
High-Value, Built-In Content
Painter comes with a broad array of pre-installed paper textures and brushes, such as watercolor media, acrylic paint, oil, pastel, chalk, pencil, marker and more. Choose an existing brush or create your own on the spot to produce unique brushstrokes!
Get the best view! When zoomed in at more than 100%, the High-Quality Display option smoothes the edges of your image, allowing you to view it as it will print for a clear idea of the end result.
Smart Composition Tools
Divine Proportion and the Rule of Thirds and Fifths guide help you visually arrange your canvas before sketching or painting to create perfect compositions.
World-Famous Art Styles
Create art like your favorite muses! 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 palette to that of any open image for consistency.
Match Palette Effect
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 that color to the image you want to change.
Speed -- Painter 12 Is Five Times Faster!
Ready, set, go! Brush performance is 3 to 5 times faster, while a range of Painter tasks, such as opening files and flattening, flipping or blurring images is up to 3 times faster than Painter 11.
Perfect Complement to Other Popular Software & Hardware
Adobe Photoshop Support
Expand your possibilities! Painter is a powerful addition to your existing digital art software, providing a high-performance brush engine and the most realistic digital painting tools in an environment that so closely reproduces the look, feel and results of traditional art, you may forget you're using software! With Photoshop support, you can correctly preserve colors and layers when transferring files between Photoshop and Painter. Plus, the Painter 12 workspace offers brush blending, layers, libraries, docking panels, shortcuts and image set-up options that will help Photoshop users feel right at home.
Wacom Pen Tablet Compatibility
Support for the entire Wacom product line, including Cintiq interactive pen displays and Intuos pen tablets, gives you the most responsive digital painting software and the best digital art experience. Enjoy exceptional freedom of movement and comfort as you paint in the most natural way possible.
Extensive File Support
Painter 12 supports a variety of industry-standard file formats, including Portable Network Graphics (PNG), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), TIFF (CMYK & RGB), Windows Bitmap (BMP), PC Paintbrush (PCX), TARGA (TGA), GIF, JPEG, QuickTime (MOV), Video for Windows (AVI) and Corel Painter Frame stacks (FRM). Also save files in Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format.
Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista support
Painter 12 supports the latest operating systems from Microsoft.
Windows 64-bit Support
Painter 12 is compatible with 64-bit Windows operating systems, so you can take full advantage of their extended processing power.
Mac OS Support
Painter 12 supports the Mac OS X operating system from Apple -- versions 10.5 and 10.6.
Painter 12 includes both Mac OS and Windows versions on the same CD.
Computer: Intel Core Duo Mac; 1GHz PC Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7; Windows XP (32-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit); Latest service packs/system updates required Memory: 1GB Hard Drive: 300MB (Mac); 600MB (Windows); Additional space may be required for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (Windows) Display: 1280 x 800 Hardware: Mouse or tablet; DVD drive for installation Software: Internet Explorer 7 (Windows)