Well, to be fair, hobbyists and photographers who need to fake the painted look are paying customers too, and if they outnumber the professionals working in the entertainment industry, it makes business sense to please them.
This is true, sorry if I came off as if to say the opposite.
I just think, that professionals testimonies and images is what makes people buy a product, I mean, if every professional was working in MSPaint I’m sure not only other professionals, but hobbyists as well would run to MSPaint to emulate the success others have had in it. Just think it’s a slap in the face to loyal professional users to abandon the professional market in-exchange for a perhaps far less loyal hobbyist community, who are just trying to fake what professionals are creating.
sigh I really need to find another word for professional, haha.
My wife is in the food industry, and based on her experience, you often make a lot more money if you cater to the lower-end customers by making cheap yet tasty food, as opposed to making gourmet food that is expensive and harder to make. Cheap food sells volumes more and a much larger portion of the population can afford it, translating into a lot more foot traffic and cash flow. I’m not saying Painter is like cheap food–I’m just saying that the lower-end customer often are the real money-makers for companies. They aren’t nearly as demanding, and the feature sets needed to please them are far easier to design and produce.
This is also true, catering to the middle-man is the way to go financially, but if it wasn’t for the best food critics, and the high-paying customers that visit the high-end restaurant, the restaurant wouldn’t have as good a name as what it would otherwise.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, sure, hobbyists may make up a strong majority of Corel’s consumer base, but they aren’t the ones who are giving Painter the name it has, and they aren’t the ones showcasing the amazing imagery that can originally come out of Painter, it’s the professionals who are in magazines, who are in books, who are on CGCommunities writing tutorials, and the ones that are in interviews that people read and say ‘wow, painter hey’.
This is subjective, not trying to write off hobbyists as complete creative baboons.