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Corel Painter 12

  • Digital painting
  • Progressive capabilities
  • Design for comfort
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Painter 12


Graphics & Publishing


Operating Systems Supported
Windows & Mac OS
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions), or Windows XP (32-bit edition), with the latest Service Packs installed
1 GHz processor or higher
600 MB hard disk space for application files*
1280 x 800 screen resolution
Mouse or tablet
DVD drive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Additional space may be required for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 (with latest revision)
Intel Core Duo
300 MB of HD space for application files
1280 x 800 screen resolution
Mouse or tablet


Corel Painter 12 is the world's leading digital art software. Its combination of inventive drawing tools, Natural-Media brushes, image cloning capabilities and virtually unlimited customization options give you total freedom for creative expression. Internationally recognized for its RealBristle brushes, Painter offers the most realistic form of digital painting available in the digital art realm. And with the introduction of new Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil brushes, plus exciting creative features exclusive to this version, Painter continues to change what's possible in art!

Painter rocks the art world
In honor of Painter's milestone 20th anniversary, artists from around the world have created video vignettes to share their favorite Painter tools and techniques. Dive into the heart of their art and discover just what makes Painter rock for them!

Most realistic digital painting experience
Painter's RealBristle brushes represent a major milestone for digital painting, reproducing the movement and feeling of traditional art on canvas when paired with a graphics tablet.

Progressive digital art capabilities
Exciting new Kaleidoscope and Mirror painting features let you create electrifying patterns and colors on canvas, leveraging the symmetry, speed and precision of mirrored planes. This Kaleidoscope painting capability is exclusive to Painter!

Designed for comfort
A new interface streamlines your brush selection, libraries, color controls and image set up. High-quality rendering gives you a clear view when zooming into the finer details.

Perfect complement to other software and hardware
Photoshop support lets you easily work with Photoshop files and correctly preserve colors and layers when transferring files from Photoshop to Painter. Support for the latest pen tablets from Wacom gives you exceptional freedom of movement.

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  • Christopher H.
  • 1/29/2012 1:23:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsThe BEST Natural Media Painting Software

Pros: -The number of features is astounding (hundreds of brushes, 800+ page manual).
-The features themselves are astounding (and there are many options for features).
-Got it ~$300 cheaper here. newegg++.
-Mostly bug free on Windows 7 (see 'cons').
-Makes first impression go from "Meh, just another art program" to "Wow! This is amazing! This is kind of really exciting."

Cons: -If you're using Windows 7, save yourself some frustration and be sure and set the display to 'Smaller (100%)' even when installing otherwise it bugs out the text and panels will refuse to show up. Supposedly, the service pack 1 Corel released was suppose to have addressed this, but it still didn't work for me after installing it. I ended up making a separate profile on my computer just for using Painter with the 'Smaller' display b/c otherwise the display is too small on my monitor. FYI: display settings can be accessed via Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Display.

Other Thoughts: Be sure and check out the awesome perspective grid tool (it makes drawing in perspective much easier). I mostly got this for my sister who likes making art (and is computer illiterate), but I'm sure I'll have plenty of fun with it.

From what I gather, there are two tools the pros use extensively: Adobe PS and Corel Painter. PS has tons more features, but be aware that it is, at its heart, a photo MANIPULATION program, whereas Painter is designed and made for simulating real world painting and drawing. So if you're aiming for painting and drawing in the traditional sense, Painter is cheaper and better.

Don't kill yourself - use a decent graphics tablet with this!(Wacom products are advertised as supported, but I'm sure others work also)

Given that this is a professional, massive art program, read the manual and be prepared for it to take a while to get used to it and become proficient.

After installing, download and install update 12.1 to get Klidescope and others features.

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