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Painter 12
Windows Mac

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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!

Kaleidoscope Painting
Create electrifying kaleidoscope effects on canvas with this exciting new 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!

Mirror Painting
Save time as you paint with perfect precision! This new 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.

Real Watercolor
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.

New! Dynamic Brush Settings
Blend brushstrokes better than ever with dynamic settings. New controls let you set the merge mode and opacity for each brushstroke resulting in much smoother blending. This feature combined with new airbrush variants will especially appeal to Photoshop users.

And much much more!
Brand Corel
Product Type Full Version
Platform PC Mac
Package Type Retail
License Type Complete Product

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  • “Not a good upgrade!”

    Ethan Geehr

    Dec 26, 2012

    Digital painting

    Poor interface design, glitchy, reproducible crashes from prior versions still happen in this version.

    I've been a Painter advocate and serious user for more than 15 years. I suppose if you are new to the program this release appears to be a wonderful program. However, I use this program 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week. It is THE production software I use as a professional illustrator. This latest release, while adding some attractive features, is the worst release Corel has ever put out. The software's programmers have yet to resolve many of the earlier version's crash problems, the interface redesign makes me question if anyone knows what they are doing, or perhaps they are simply outsourcing everything to India.

    1. You can not longer accurately place a layer flush to the top and left of your image in the layer attributes pop up. You must spec 1 pixel from top and 1 pixel from the left, then move the layer manually one pixel at a time to the position you want.
    2.If you created custom palettes of brushes, colors, commands, etc. in prior versions, be forewarned: you will have to recreate every one of them again in this new release.
    3.If you rely on the portfolio feature (create portfolios of images or layers for reuse) be forewarned: you will run into problems importing many of them into this program.
    4.If you typically use the "paint inside or outside a selection" feature found in ALL prior versions in the lower left of the canvas, it inexplicably is hidden in a pull-down menu on one of the palette menus in this version.
    5.You can no longer shift select multiple layers in the document!! You must go to the layer's menu and do it there (absolutely ridiculous-what are they thinking!!).
    6.The Layer's Menu is poorly designed and glitchy: Canvas layers disappears form the menu sometime,.
    7.The brush size in the "Dab Profile" menu no longer updates in real time as you adjust sliders in the various brush control menus.
    8.Layer position in the Layers Menu is not always accurate.
    9.Selecting existing text in a document no longer forces the text menu to update to the size and style of the selected text.
    10. There are inconsistencies in the highlighted buttons on pop-up menus ("OK" vs. "Cancel").
    11. You cannot directly change the stroke color of a shape in the "Set Attributes" dialog box without first selecting the fill color window and then going back to the stroke color.
    12. Color Preview in the Color Menu occasionally displays a grey scale version of a color selected in the color wheel, even though you are not working in a channel layer.
    13. Copying text or objects from one file to another crashes program when you edit the text in the new document.

    Suffice it to say, if you are a long-time user of this software, you will run into more problems and issues that drive you crazy and question your continued use of this software. Do not purchase this version, wait for Painter 13 and see if they correct their Painter 12 blunder.
  • “Painter 12”


    Oct 16, 2012

    Fabulous paint program. Millions of colors. Realistic painting and other media effects. And you can 'undo' and 'redo' to your heart's content.


    This is a great paint program that is highly recommended by illustrators and concept artists.
  • “Versatile and natural”

    Matt Davis

    Apr 22, 2012

    I enjoy the responsiveness and natural interface. In particular, I like that blending color areas works much more fluidly and predictablly than in other software.

    None that I have found thus far.

  • “A Digital Artist's Dream”


    Sep 19, 2011

    I've been using Painter for a few years now and this new version is fantastic! The new brushes are unbelievable.

    While much more responsive on high resolution monitors than Painter 11, there can still be some sluggishness when using complex brushes

    You won't believe the realism of the new Real Watercolor brush. Amazing!
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