Corel Painter 12


Finally we got the new Corel Painter:

The world’s leading digital art software
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!

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That actually looks pretty good - the speed improvements are way, way overdue. Just hope it’s enough to keep the product going.


From what I see, they finally have come through in a big way and released a product that artists want. Slam dunk…


Wow…is it just me enjoying the shiny new UI, or is it really a lot faster??
It feels like a whole new app…very impressed, after player around with it for 5 min.


yes, verry nice release!


In the speed comparison video, they used a larger brush in Painter 11 than they did in 12. With complex brushes, size has a huge impact on performance. Kind of cheating comparing them like that.


If the transparent pixels are still treated as white pixels when not picking up the layer underneath during blending, then Painter is still of limited use when it comes to flexible and powerful digital workflow. That one single flaw has stopped me from using Painter as much as I used to, and until they do something about it, I just can’t fit Painter into my workflow except to use a few of the custom brushes I have for it for specific effects.


Crap, I just bought corel 11 in February :confused:


I was thinking the exact same thing, but upon trying the demo they seem to have fixed this issue. Yeah, layers are actually usable in Painter now. :eek: I normally skip a version between upgrades but this one may be the exception. Perhaps Adobe’s inclusion of the new mixer brushes in CS5 light a fire under Corels ass?


thanks for the news. Downloading trial now :slight_smile:


Like the new layout, feels a lot smoother there. I’m not sure if it’s really that much faster than previous versions, gonna have to do some proper tests later on to determine if that’s just marketing faff, but it certainly feels more solid.


It feels like a whole new program, and a good one.
The UI layout is very good, even compared to Photoshop.
Looking at the task manager, it uses 100% of all my 8 cores with complex brush strokes. So it’s kind of a brute force approach. But what do I have all the cores for anyway, that’s perfectly fine for me.
It’s really snappy on my Core i7 system. And it’s 64bit, so there is no memory bottleneck.
I suspect that the performance on laptops and slower computers hasn’t improved much, but on a fast system it’s a joy to use.
The new Photoshop brush system was a disappointment to me, I just can’t use it for painting. Artrage has potential, but it lacks some important features, especially proper Wacom integration, so I’m very happy that Painter was resurrected, I wasn’t expecting it really.


Me too. Oh well…


where is the brush creator from 11? :sad: it feels faster, but not as much as I hoped-for :arteest:


I find the new layout and the sketchbook pro features very appealing but it appears to be a big performance problem regarding multitasking. It seams the painting process goes fully into the cpu. A hour ago I installed the trial. I drew a single line wich took 20 sec. in super slow motion to perform during one maxwell rendering. The canvas size was about 1600x900 150ppi. I opend a photoshop (CS5) canvas at the same time with the same size with no problems at all.

Its totally impossible to paint meanwhile rendering which is a little killer in my opinion.
(workstation specs: Intel i7-950 / Asus rampageIIIextreme / 12 gb DDR3 / OCZ SSD / NVidiaQuadroFX 1800)

Is there anyone who can confirm this issue?


That is possibly a multi core issue. In my tests it is slower than when you toggle the multicore option off. Without Multicore the brush behaves as normal.

The ui is MUCH improved and compact, The Anti aliasing when rotating the canvas is a good feature, over all a nice release but Corel still needs to do more.


If you need to draw while rendering, and would be happy with 100% single core then go to task manager and set your affinity to all cores minus core 0. Maybe try a few cores disabled on the Maxwell render, and Corel may utilise the cores that are 100% available.

Alternatively, select 4 cores off on Maxwell, and do the same for Corel, but the other 4 cores if that makes sense…


thank you for the responses. I`m checking both options.


the feature video was interesting … kinda sad that when “image navigation” was first invented back in corel photo-paint 7 (1997), that we see it as a “new” feature in a corel product in 2011 though


I’m wondering if anyone has tried the Mac version? I have a Mac Pro with 8 cores, running 64 bit Snow Leopard, so I’m anxious to see how it goes. So far, though, running the demo, I’m dismayed to see it’s using WINE.


Revision: actually, I have yet to get the demo running. So far all I see is the wine app. It says it installed Painter 12, but darned if I can find it.

Rev 2: Okay, I found the “installed” program. It’s an .EXE file in my Downloads folder. Does this mean that now the Mac version of Painter is actually a Windows version running via Wine?

Rev 3: Um, did anyone get the demo to work? It’s not working for me. I’ve used Wine before and it is a tad slow on startup, but I’m not seeing anything happening here. Help!