Is the new Corel Painter worth investing in?

We investigate the new features Corel has introduced to see if this already capable painting software makes life any easier.

Our Verdict

2016 is a solid release for Painter that brings a number of new features to the artist. Yet it's the more subtle enhancements that make it a worthwhile purchase. The custom toolbox is great and, along with the new Photoshop brush import option, does help to make an artist's life easier.

For

  • Speckle Dynamics brush
  • Custom toolboxes
  • Audio Expression
  • Import Photoshop .abr brushes
  • Improved blending tools

Against

  • Audio Expression tool

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painter 2016 review

Dynamic Speckles is a fantastic tool for artists looking to add a touch of natural chaos

Painter has been around for a long time, with a loyal fanbase and a mature, fully packed feature set. This means it already does pretty much everything that the majority of digital artists need it to, from excellent traditional brush reproduction and simulation, to beautifully rendered paper texture and a lot more.

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Corel Painter 2016

2016 is a solid release for Painter that brings a number of new features to the artist. Yet it's the more subtle enhancements that make it a worthwhile purchase. The custom toolbox is great and, along with the new Photoshop brush import option, does help to make an artist's life easier.

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